Playgroups provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to meet new people, gain support and ideas. They allow babies, toddlers and preschoolers to socialise as they play and learn together. All playgroups are different but the emphasis is on fun and friendship. Playgroups are informal, low cost and run by the parents and carers involved in the gatherings. A number of playgroups operate throughout our region.
Community playgroups are run by families attending the playgroup and usually a low cost is involved. These playgroups are often held in public facilities such as halls, churches, community centres and kindergartens.
Supported playgroups are specially designed to suit families with high needs who may not attend community playgroups. Supported playgroups are usually facilitated by a qualified paid worker. Council receives funding from the State Government to provide supported playgroup facilitation services.
Mildura Rural City Council Supported Playgroups
Council delivers several Supported Playgroups using the smalltalk model. The program is funded by the State Government's Department of Education and Training (DET) and the model was developed by the Parenting Research Centre (PRC). Sessions are run in different locations within the municipality and require a referral. For more information on eligibility into the 10 week program, locations, times and days of these sessions please contact the facilitators at Council.
For more information on smalltalk go to the smalltalk website
Supported Playgroup Facilitators
Ph: (03) 5018 8271