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New parents gain skills and confidence at Smalltalk Playgroups

24 May 2016

New parents are learning valuable parenting skills, making new friends and getting expert advice thanks to Kingston Council’s Smalltalk Supported Playgroups.

Seven groups meet across Kingston each week to help low-income families or new arrivals develop parenting skills and confidence.

Clarinda group member Rolyn had lived in Australia for just five years and with no extended family nearby was understandably feeling a little isolated as a new mother at home with six-month-old Clare.

Her Maternal Child Health nurse suggested she join the Smalltalk Supported Playgroup to help build a support network and develop her parenting skills.

“I enjoy meeting other families and making new friends,” Rolyn said. “I’m also learning about Clare’s development and getting new ideas about how to interact with her through play.”

Families taking part in a Smalltalk Supported Playgroup:

  • have access to free facilitated playgroup delivered by a trained early childhood professional
  • get tips and strategies to support your child's learning and language development
  • interact in fun and engaging activities
  • meet other families with young children who live in your local area
  • have access to one-on-one support through optional home coaching visits for eligible families

The groups are open to eligible families with a child aged 0-4 years who is accompanied by a parent, grandparent or carer.  

The Smalltalk Supported Playgroups also work closely with other services on special projects including:

  • free dental health checks from Central Bayside Community Health Service
  • promoting Healthy Eating through a range of activities including a puppet show and Healthy Eating Plate project

Smalltalk Supported Playgroups are provided free of charge to eligible families. For more information phone 9581 4863 or email


Kingston Smalltalk Playgroup Sessions:





 Clayton South


 9:30am- 11:30am

Clayton South Primary School, 539 Clayton Rd, Clayton South




Westall Children's Centre, 43 Westall Rd, Clayton South (Next to MCH)

 Chelsea Heights



Chelsea Heights Community Centre, 160 Thames Promenade, Chelsea Heights




 Carrum Hall, Corner Dyson/ Walkers Rd, Carrum




 Edithvale Children's Centre, 88-120 Edithvale Road, Edithvale




 Clarinda Community Centre, 58 Viney Street, Clarinda (Clarinda Library)



 9:30am- 11:30am

 Cheltenham East Community Centre, 39 Follet Road, Cheltenham

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