Playgroups offer opportunities for children from birth until school age to develop and practise new skills, make new friends, gain self-confidence and develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, while with their parents or carers.

Parents and carers also have opportunities to build friendships with other families within the community and enjoy some time out of the house. During playgroups all families assist with setting up and packing up of the group and behaviour management of their own children.

Playgroups generally run weekly during school terms.

Types of playgroups

Community playgroups

Community playgroups are run by parents who decide the day, time, venue, equipment and playgroup style. Families are responsible for the tasks involved in running the playgroup.

Visit Community playgroups to find a list of playgroups to join or contact our Playgroups Team on 9747 7136 or email to discuss your family's needs.

Supported playgroups

Supported playgroups are run generally by an organisation such as local government, school or various types of family support agencies and programs.

Visit Supported playgroups or  contact our Playgroups Team on 9747 7136, email or speak with your local Maternal and Child Health nurse or professional who can seek further information on your behalf.

Activation playgroups

Activation playgroups are supported by a program facilitator who will provide the knowledge and guidance for your group to run independently with a volunteer leader.

For further information contact our playgroups team on 9747 7136 or email

Start your own playgroup

If you cannot find a playgroup that meets your needs, you can start your own playgroup.

Visit Start your own Playgroup. Playgroup Victoria provides advice and assistance to start your own playgroup, or contact our Playgroups Team on 9747 7136 or email to discuss how to do this.