A playgroup is a group of parents and carers with their children under five years, who meet to play and socialise. Most playgroups meet weekly for a couple of hours in a variety of venues. At playgroup, children have fun, learn through play, develop new skills and make new friends. Parents benefit through the exchange of parenting ideas, gaining valuable support and building social connections.

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A supported playgroup has a professional facilitator who works with specific groups of families and is funded at no or low cost.

Supported playgroups give families the opportunity to:

  • Learn about play and children’s development
  • Build parent capacity through informal modelling
  • Learn about local services
  • Have fun in a semi-structured setting (story time, music, snack time, free play)

For more information about Supported Playgroups, contact the City of Ballarat Playgroup Coordinator at 5320 5720 or email


A Community Playgroup is usually run by parents and carers. The group decides when it meets and the structure of the playgroup. There are many Community Playgroups in the City of Ballarat. To find a local Community Playgroup or to establish a new playgroup please see the playgroup directory below, call the Playgroup Coordinator at 03 5320 5720 or email

Visit Playgroup Victoria for additional information.


Connecting Schools and Community Playgroups

The Connecting Schools and Community Playgroups are supported by a playgroup coordinator and education students at Australian Catholic University (ACU). The playgroups meet at the following local schools:

  • Sebastopol Primary School
  • St. Aloysius Primary School
  • Phoenix P-12 Community College – Redan Junior Campus
  • Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School

For more information, contact the Connecting Schools and Communities Coordinator at P: 0457 797 315.

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Please visit the City of Ballarat Playgroup Directory for a list of playgroups that you can be involved with.