Playgroups provide parents and caregivers the opportunity to meet new people, gain support and exchange parenting 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.
A playgroup is made up of a group of parents and children who meet regularly to play and socialise. The content and structure of playgroups varies according to the parents and childrens' needs. There are a large number of playgroups in Ballarat, and some of them are listed on the City of Ballarat's online Directory.
To find out about other playgroups contact Playgroup Victoria (see below) who maintain a list of registered local playgroups. Some churches and primary schools run playgroups and your local Maternal and Child Health Centre may also be able to assist you to find a local group.
City of Ballarat employs a Playgroup Co-ordinator (job-share). Their role is to:
- assist residents to locate a local playgroup
- assist parents to set up their own playgroups
- support and strengthen existing supported playgroups
- develop a playgroup network and professional development opportunities for interested persons
Are you a new parent who wants to start exercising but has no one to go with or keep you motivated? Do you have a new baby and sometimes feel isolated at home? Maybe this pram walking group is for you. A group of local mums and/or dads and their children get together every week to go for a pram walk around the Botanical Gardens or Lake Wendouree. Its a chance to meet new friends, have a chat and get fit at the same time.
When: every Friday
Time: 10:30am departure sharp!
Meeting Point: Pipers on the Parade, Lake Wendouree (opposite the Botanical Gardens)
The World's Greatest Pram Stroll is a FREE annual community event raising awareness of social isolation for new parents and highlighting the notion that parks are a great place to meet people and get healthy.
For further information or to register please contact:
P: +61 3 53292 800
Alternatively please contact:
Family and Children Services
P: +61 3 53205 751