Playgroups

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About Playgroups

Playgroups are for:

  • babies
  • toddlers 
  • preschool children 
  • their parents, grandparents or carers.

Playgroups are informal and low cost. They meet regularly, usually for 2 hours, once per week. They are a great way for you to meet other families in your community who have children aged between birth and 5 years.

Why take part? 

  • to meet other parents and carers 
  • to let your child play with other children.


    Smalltalk supported playgroups

    About Smalltalk playgroups

    We operate 16 Smalltalk supported playgroup sessions a week during school terms for eligible families with children from birth to 5 years.

    These programs are offered in English, Vietnamese or Burmese

    • Learn some great tips to enhance your child's early learning.
    • Find out about early childhood programs available in your area.
    • Meet and connect with other parents.
    • Discover play experiences for children.

    Smalltalk supported playgroups are funded by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing and delivered by Council. The program provides parents with strategies to enhance their child's home learning environment at no charge to families.

    Some parents are also eligible for In-Home Support which involves a qualified facilitator visiting a family in their own home. Parents participating in in-home support may also attend a Smalltalk supported playgroup.

    During these home-based sessions, parents see practical examples of the Smalltalk strategies and can practice ideas with a qualified facilitator.

    Learn more about parenting strategies that you can use to enhance your child’s learning at home. 

    Where and when?

    Weekly Smalltalk supported playgroups are held across Brimbank in various locations including:

    Albanvale Playgroup House

    Address:  44 Diamond Avenue, Albanvale

    Sessions:

    • Thursdays and Fridays at 10am 
    • Tuesdays at 10am in Vietnamese
    • Wednesdays at 10am in Burmese

    Deer Park Playgroup Centre

    Address: Corner of Station Road & Irvine Street, Deer Park

    Sessions:

    • Tuesdays at 10am & 1pm
    • Wednesdays at 10am 

    St Albans Biggs Street Meeting Room

    Address: 76-78 Biggs Street, St Albans

    Sessions:

    • Fridays at 10am and 1pm 

    Sunshine Playgroup Centre

    Address: 32 Devonshire Road, Sunshine

    Sessions:

    • Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am 
    • Thursdays at 1pm 
    • Thursdays at 10am in Burmese
    • Fridays at 10am in Vietnamese

    West Sunshine Community Centre

    Address: 25 Kermeen Street, Sunshine West

    Sessions:

    • Wednesdays & Fridays at 10am

     Keilor Downs Playgroup Centre 

    Address: 3 Packard Street, Keilor Downs 

    Sessions

    • Tuesdays at 10am in Burmese 

    Join a Smalltalk playgroup

    Who can apply?

    Smalltalk supported playgroups are available to:

    • families with a Health Care Card or equivalent, including bridging visas
    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and children in kinship care arrangements.

    There is no charge for these sessions. 


    Register your interest

    Complete the online form and a Parent Support Facilitator will contact you.

    Supported playgroup enquiry form

     


    Questions 

    Call Brimbank's Playgroup Team on 03 9249 4825 or email smalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au


    Find a playgroup in Brimbank

    Albion

    Unfacilitated community playgroup at no charge

    Parents & Play Group

    Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House
    61a Selwyn Street, Albion

    Contactcoordinator@kcnh.org.au

    Sessions: Mondays at 9:30am

    Albanvale

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge

    Smalltalk Albanvale

    Albanvale Playgroup House
    44 Diamond Avenue, Albanvale

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Thursdays and Fridays at 10am

    See section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge in Burmese

    Smalltalk Albanvale - Burmese

    Albanvale Playgroup House
    44 Diamond Avenue, Albanvale

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Wednesdays at 10am

    See section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge in Vietnamese

    Smalltalk Albanvale - Vietnamese

    Albanvale Playgroup House
    44 Diamond Avenue, Albanvale

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Tuesdays at 10am

    See section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Ardeer

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge

    Mother of God Garden Playgroup

    67 Blanche Street, Ardeer

    Contactadmin@mogardeer.catholic.edu.au

    Sessions: Tuesdays at 9am

    Deer Park

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge
     
     

    Smalltalk Deer Park

    Deer Park Playgroup Centre
    Corner of Station Road and Irvine Street, Deer Park

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Tuesdays 10am & 1pm ,Wednesdays at 10am

    See the section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge for children with disability

    My Time Playgroup - Vietnamese

    Sassella Park Playgroup Centre
    119 Station Road, Deer Park

    Contact: Extended Families on 03 9355 8848

    More info: Visit the Extended Families website

    Sessions: Mondays at 10am

    Family led community playgroup at no charge

    Sassella Park Playgroups 

    Sassella Park Playgroup Centre
    119 Station Road, Deer Park

    Contactplaygroups@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge

    Under 5s in the Hive

    Deer Park North Primary
    18 – 36 Mawson Street, Deer Park

    Contact: School Reception on 03 9363 4600

    Sessions: Wednesdays at 9:30am

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge for children with disability

    AVWA Vietnamese Playgroup

    Deer Park North Primary
    18 – 36 Mawson Street, Deer Park

    Contactinfo@avwa.org.au 
    (Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association)

    Sessions: Tuesdays at 10am

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge in Burmese

    VICSEG Burmese Playgroup 

    Deer Park North Primary
    18 – 36 Mawson Street, Deer Park

    Contact: School Reception on 03 9363 4600

    Sessions: Wednesdays at 1:30pm- 3:30pm 

    Family-led Rainbow Families No Charge

    LGBTQIA+ & Rainbow Playgroup 

    Sassella Park Playgroup Centre
    119 Station Road, Deer Park

    Contactplaygroups@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Fridays at 11am

    Delahey

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge in Vietnamese

    AVWA Vietnamese Playgroup

    Delahey Community Centre
    80 Copperfield Drive, Delahey

    Contactinfo@avwa.org.au 
    (Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association)

    Sessions: Thursdays at 10am

     

    Keilor Downs

    Family led community playgroup at no charge

    Keilor Downs Playgroup 

    Keilor Downs Playgroup Centre
    3 Packard Street, Keilor Downs

    Contactplaygroups@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Wednesdays 11am , Thursdays at 1pm


    Facilitated playgroup for young parents at no charge

    Building Blocks Young Parents Playgroup

    For mums and dads aged 15 to 25 years

    Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre,
    90 Taylors Road, Keilor Downs

    ContactNihara Wanigasekara at Nihara.Wanigasekara@goodshep.org.au

    Sessions: Tuesdays at 11am & 1pm 

     

    Keilor

    Family led community playgroup at no charge

    Keilor Park Playgroups 

    Keilor Park Playgroup Centre
    Corner of Spence Street and Thea Court, Keilor Park

    Contactplaygroups@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am

    Family led community playgroup at no charge

    Keilor Park Playgroups 

    Multiple Birth Playgroup 

    Keilor Park Playgroup Centre
    Corner Spence Street and Thea Court, Keilor Park

    Contactplaygroups@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Mondays at 11am 

     

    St Albans

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge

    Smalltalk St Albans

    Biggs St Meeting Room
    76 -78 Biggs Street, St Albans

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Fridays at 10am and 1pm

    See the section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge in Vietnamese

    AVWA Vietnamese Playgroup

    St Albans Heights Primary
    Norwich Street, St Albans

    Contactinfo@avwa.org.au 
    (Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association)

    Sessions: Mondays at 10am

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge

    Stevensville Primary School Playgroup

    Stevensville Primary School
    52 Kings Road, St Albans

    Contact: School Reception on 03 9366 1381

    Sessions: Mondays and Tuesdays at 9am

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge for Koorie kids

    Koorie Kids Playgroups

    Westvale Community Centre
    45 Kings Road, St Albans

    Contact: 03 9742 8300

    Sessions: Mondays at 10am

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge in Vietnamese

    AVWA Vietnamese Playgroup

    Westvale Community Centre
    45 Kings Road, St Albans

    Contactinfo@avwa.org.au 
    (Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association)

    Sessions: Fridays at 10am

    Sunshine

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge in Vietnamese

    AVWA Vietnamese Playgroup

    Duke Street Community House
    27 Duke Street, Sunshine

    Contactinfo@avwa.org.au 
    (Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association)

    Sessions: Friday at 10am

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge

    Smalltalk Sunshine

    Sunshine Playgroup Centre
    32 Devonshire Road, Sunshine

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am, Thursdays 1pm

    See section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge in Burmese

    Smalltalk Sunshine - Burmese

    Sunshine Playgroup Centre
    32 Devonshire Road, Sunshine

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Thursdays at 10am

    See section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge in Vietnamese

    Smalltalk Sunshine - Vietnamese

    Sunshine Playgroup Centre
    32 Devonshire Road, Sunshine

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Fridays at 10am

    See section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Facilitated community playgroup at no charge

    Shopping Centre Pop-Up Playgroup

    Sunshine Market Place
    80 Harvester Rd, Sunshine
    (Located out the front of Village Cinemas)

    Contact: playgroups@brimbank.vic.gov.au 

    Sessions: Wednesdays at 1pm

     

    Sunshine West

    Smalltalk supported playgroup at no charge

    Smalltalk Sunshine West

    West Sunshine Community Centre
    25 Kermeen Street, Sunshine West

    Contactsmalltalk@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am 

    See section above for more information on Brimbank's Smalltalk Program.

    Low cost facilitated activity group

    Family Activity Groups

    West Sunshine Community Centre
    25 Kermeen Street, Sunshine West

    Contact03 9249 4555

    Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am

    Fees:  $40 for 8 sessions

    Sydenham

    Low cost facilitated activity group

    Sydenham Activity Group

    For families with children aged 0 to 5 years

    Sydenham Children's Centre 
    7 Community Hub, Sydenham

    Contactsydnh@brimbank.vic.gov.au

    Sessions: Wednesdays at 10am

    Fees: $36 ($27 concession) for 9 sessions

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    Last updated: 4 June 2024 - 9:06am