Want To Start A Playgroup?

No playgroups in your local areas? Perhaps you could start a playgroup. Contact your state or territory playgroup organisation for further information and assistance.

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Finding Families

Talk to everyone you can think of who may be interested in a playgroup. You need at least three interested families to start. You can also approach your local Early Childhood Clinic, local library or advertise in a local shop window.  Think about the places in your community where you often see other families with young children and see whether you can advertise at those places.

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Have a Meeting

Organise a meeting with interested families to find out everyone’s reason to join a playgroup, remember that playgroup is about children and their caregivers coming together, to support each other, play, and have fun.  Talk about what time would work best for you to meet, and who else can help getting things started. Generally playgroups meet once a week for two hours.

Finding a Venue

Think about what sort of venue would suit the kind of playgroup you want to be. For instance, some playgroups choose to meet in a park and have a focus on nature play – rain or shine. Your local council will know about playgroups using their venues and you can often use the same venue at a different time. Scout Halls or Primary schools are great locations and you can contact the school Principal about the possibility. Most local community centres will hire their rooms to playgroups for a low weekly fee.

Playgroup Roles

Your playgroup belongs to you and your group, and together you make it work. There are some roles that need to be taken on by one or several members. These include being the contact person for new members or other inquiries, opening up and setting up, cleaning up and closing, and planning session activities. Volunteer effort helps to make sure your playgroup thrives, you can also count volunteer hours towards the activity test for child care benefit.

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Toys and Furniture

You can seek donations from your community or local businesses, fundraise or approach your council for support. Toy libraries sometimes offer partnership opportunities. Here is sample list of common resources to create an engaging playgroup environment. Insurance Comprehensive insurance cover is vital in case of accidents and damage to property. Many Local Councils require playgroups to have insurance as part of their venue leasing agreements. Becoming a member of your state and territory playgroup organisation ensures you have an insurance cover specially designed to meet all playgroup needs. Structuring your session Playgroups often choose to have time for free play and also include snack time, story time and rhyme time. Visit your local state or territory playgroup organisation for activity ideas and ways to plan your playgroup sessions.

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