Playgroups taken online to reduce isolation at home

Playgroup Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, is continuing their amazing work of creating a village through play…but, now in the home. With ongoing lockdowns throughout the country (or just if you’re stuck at home with sick little ones), this is great news for families.

The wonderful national playgroup initiative invites families, playgroup volunteers, children’s educators, and authors to share ideas for play, health, and wellbeing.

The idea behind this is to reduce the impact of isolation across Australia. Simply join your local Playgroup at Home community on Facebook, and you’ll find lots of inspiration for craft, imaginative play, outdoor play, physical play, sensory play, literacy and numeracy, health and wellbeing, and so much more.

Each state’s Facebook group is a safe space to connect, play, share, and grow. Some even have virtual playgroup sessions, so you can join in live. Discover your Playgroup at Home village here. 

What is a playgroup?

If you’re interested, and if restrictions allow, an in-person playgroup is a group that meets up regularly to interact and play. It’s as much for the parents, grandparents, and other caregivers as it is for the children.

Typically, the groups are for 0-5 year-olds, and the parents/caregivers are responsible for the children they bring to playgroup. It’s often held in church halls, kindergartens, community halls, or homes. Some have a structured routine, while others are more casual.

Playgroups are not for profit, and are usually run by members. Sometimes the groups are planned around a particular common interest, such as Montessori, non-English speaking, special needs, multiples, nature play, baby, dads, or intergenerational.

What is the purpose of a playgroup?

Playgroups are designed to bring communities together in an informal play-based setting, fostering social interaction and creating supportive networks. Families can relax, have fun, and build friendships. Imagine sitting back with a cup of tea, while your baby plays in a safe space with others!

How do I join, and how much does it cost?

You can search for a local playgroup near you on the Find a Playgroup page. Then, get in touch with the playgroup to find out the details and if they have availability. It’s not costly, and there are sometimes concession rates.

Ask your Maternal and Child Health nurse to direct you to a suitable playgroup depending on your needs.

There’s no neaby playgroup, or one that meets your family’s needs? Why not start your own! Here’s how to start a playgroup today.

You might like to check out some of our play posts for more ideas and inspiration:

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