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What is a Playgroup?

You might be asking yourself, so what exactly is a Playgroup? Every Playgroup is as unique as the children and parents that attend but they can essentially be described as an informal session where parents, carers, babies and children aged 0 to school age come together in a relaxed and friendly environment and children are encouraged to learn through play.

  • Playgroup gives children an opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop new skills through informal play.
  • Playgroup provides parents and carers with an opportunity to meet other parents and carers, make friends and share ideas and experiences
  • Playgroup also allows parents and carers to spend quality time with their children, encouraging, helping or simply playing with their children
  • Playgroups are not-for-profit and run by, and for the parents who attend.

Play is so important for children as it is though play that they can explore and learn about the world around them. Children can try out new ideas, practise skills, develop structures and rules and play as many different roles as their imaginations will allow. Playgroup NSW has an excellent resource manual about Play and Learning if you would like to read more about the value of play and how to make the most of it.