What is a supported playgroup?
Supported playgroups are a safe and friendly place for you and your child aged 0-5 years to have fun, learn and play whilst sharing parenting tips and support.
Sessions are free to attend, held each week during school terms and are facilitated by an early years education professional. Supported Playgroups are also a great way to meet other families in your local area and one-on-one support is also available for eligible families.
Coming to a supported playgroup can help your child’s learning, development, and wellbeing through:
- enhancing your interactions with your child in a stimulating environment
- supporting your parenting skills and confidence
- helping your family transition into other community supports if needed.
Who is eligible to attend?
Supported playgroups are available to:
- families with a Commonwealth Health Care Card (or visa equivalent for refugees and migrants)
- families with a family member who has identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- families who are looking after children in kinship care (out of home care)
- families referred by Child FIRST
- families referred from or receiving enhanced Maternal and Child Health Services
Supported playgroups are currently located in the following venues:
- Eastona Park Kindergarten – Altona North
- Laverton Community Children’s Centre
- Altona Meadows Kindergarten
- Newport Gardens Early Learning Centre
- Laverton P-12 College
- Altona Meadows Community Centre
- Laverton North Kindergarten
- Altona Early Years Hub
To participate in a supported playgroup, families are required to meet set eligibility criteria. For more information on how to register please complete the form below.