Playgroups

Overview

We offer free playgroups for children to learn and develop through play.

Our playgroups bring families and communities closer together. We provide a safe, relaxed environment to have fun, build friendships and enjoy time with your children. It’s also a great opportunity to build a support network to assist you in your parenting role.

Eligible children must be with a parent, grandparent or carer. Places are limited.

For more information, and to find out about eligibility, register your interest below.

Register your interest in playgroup

Alternatively, contact us on 1300 653 356 or playgroups@kingston.vic.gov.au.

Benefits of playgroups

By joining you'll:

  • get tips and strategies to support your child's learning and development 
  • interact in fun and engaging activities with your child
  • meet other families with young children who live in your local area.

Supported playgroups

Supported playgroups are free and run by qualified early childhood professionals. They are available to eligible families during school terms.

Session times

Day Time Location
Monday 10am - 12pm Westall Community Hub, 35 Fairbank Rd, Clayton South
Monday 10am - 12pm Clarinda Community Centre, 58 Viney St, Clarinda
Tuesday 10am - 12pm Chelsea Heights Community Centre, 160 Thames Prom, Chelsea Heights
Wednesday 10am - 12pm Dingley Neighbourhood House, 31B Marcus Rd, Dingley Village
Wednesday 10am - 12pm Patterson Lakes Community Centre, 54-70 Thompson Rd, Patterson Lakes
Thursday 10am - 12pm Edithvale Children’s Centre, 122 Edithvale Rd, Edithvale
Friday 10am - 12pm North Cheltenham Preschool, 71 Argus St, Cheltenham

Little Learners playgroups

Little Learners playgroups are free playgroups run by qualified early childhood professionals. They are available to eligible families during school terms.

Session times

Day Time Location
Tuesday 10am - 12pm Clarinda Community Centre, 58 Viney St, Clarinda
Wednesday 10am - 12pm Westall Community Hub, 35 Fairbank Rd, Clayton South
Thursday 10am - 12pm Sundowner Community Centre, 24 Sundowner Ave, Clarinda
Friday 10am - 12pm Westall Community Hub, 35 Fairbank Rd, Clayton South

Playgroup at home

Our ‘Playgroup at Home’ videos offer simple, low-cost activities and strategies to help you connect with your children while they develop through play and everyday interactions.  

You don’t need special equipment or fancy toys. We’ll show you some easy-to-follow ideas and activities to enhance your child’s early literacy skills and boost their education. 

You can view all our videos in our Playgroup at home playlist on YouTube.

Community playgroups

These are run by parents for parents. It lets mums, dads, grandparents and care givers get together with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to learn social skills and have fun.

Community playgroups are held at different venues, including community centres, schools, kindergartens, churches, and even your own home.

For more information about joining, check the playgroups and toy library list(PDF, 138KB) for a playgroup near you, or email playgroups@kingston.vic.gov.au.

Playgroup Victoria also provides information and support for community playgroups.