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Playgroups are a fun place for children aged 0-5 years and their families to come together to learn and develop through play based learning and socialising. Playgroups aim to be friendly and welcoming and are a great place for families to build social and support networks in their local community.

COVID-19 restrictions have impacted on many of the local playgroups available to our shire families. We recommend you contact the playgroups directly to see when they will be recommencing in 2021.

Click the links below to find out more about the three types of playgroups available in Mount Alexander Shire:

Mount Alexander Shire Council Supported Playgroup Program

The Supported Playgroup Program is a State Government funded program that offers families free, facilitated playgroup sessions, providing a fun, safe place to play, and create with their children. Within the supported playgroup session the facilitator will deliver brief weekly (smalltalk) strategies. These evidence based strategies promote children’s overall development and guide families to support their children through becoming more aware of the way they talk, listen and play with their child.

The Supported Playgroup Program also offers families the option of one-on-one visits with personalised help linking to local community groups and services where necessary.

For more information contact Libby Page, Supported Playgroup Facilitator on 5471 1700 or Text/Mobile 0436 804 583.

Name of Playgroup Location When (during school term) More Information
Elphinstone Baby (0-18m) Playgroup Elphinstone Recreation Hall, Olivers Ln, Elphinstone. Monday 10am – 11am Elphinstone Playgroup Facebook
Campbells Creek Supported Playgroup Campbells Creek Primary School, Banyan Building, 127 Main Rd, Campbells Creek Thursday 9:30am – 11:00am Campbells Creek Playgroup Facebook

Community Playgroups

Community Playgroups are managed and organised by the families who attend it. These playgroups mostly offer families an unstructured place to socialise and learn through play and craft. Click the links below for more information about each local Community Playgroup.

Name of Playgroup Location When (during School Term) More Information
Chewton Playgroup Chewton Primary School (multipurpose room), 1 Hunter Street, Chewton. Monday 9:15am - 11am Chewton Primary School
Castlemaine Community Playgroup Castlemaine Toy Library, Castlemaine Uniting Church, 24 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine Wednesday 10:30am - 12pm www.facebook.com/CastlemaineToyLibrary or email castlemainecommunityplaygroup@gmail.com
Elphinstone Playgroup Elphinstone Recreation Hall, Olivers Ln Elphinstone. Tuesday 9:15am-11:15am Elphinstone Playgroup
Harcourt & District Playgroup Harcourt Uniting Church Hall, 28 Buckley St, Harcourt Friday 9:30am-11:30am Harcourt Playgroup
Newstead Playgroup Newstead RTC Multipurpose room, 45 Lyons St, Newstead Every second Monday 9:30am-11:30am Newstead Playgroup
Young at Heart Playgroup Maldon Maldon Hospital, 1 Chapel St, Maldon Wednesday 10am-11:30am Young at Heart Playgroup

Facilitated Playgroups

Facilitated playgroups are led each week by a facilitator and offer local families a more structured playgroup program. These facilitated playgroups often include planned experiences each week, including nature based learning, music, storytelling and craft. Click the links below for more information about each local facilitated playgroup.

Name of Playgroup Location When (during School Term) More Information
Castlemaine Bush Babies 0-2 years Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Flora and Fauna Reserve Monday 9:15am-11:30am Castlemaine Bush Babies
Castlemaine Bush Kinder 3-5 years Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Flora and Fauna Reserve Friday 9:15am-12:45pm Castlemaine Bush Kinder
Steiner Playgroups Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten, 11 Rilens Rd, Muckleford Mon - Thurs 9:30am -11:30am Wed 1pm-3pm Steiner Playgroups

Page last updated 15 February 2021

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