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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.

Click the links below to find out more about the 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
Winters Flat Supported Playgroup Winters Flat Primary School (Art Room), 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine. Friday 9:30am – 11:00am Winters Flat Supported Playgroup Contact Libby: 0436 804 583
Campbells Creek Supported Playgroup Campbells Creek Primary School, Banyan Building, 127 Main Road, Campbells Creek Thursday 9:30am – 11:00am Campbells Creek Playgroup Facebook Contact Libby: 0436 804 583

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 9:00am-10:30am Castlemaine Community Playgroup or email castlemainecommunityplaygroup@gmail.com
Elphinstone Playgroup Elphinstone Recreation Hall, Olivers Ln Elphinstone. Monday 9:30am-11:30am 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 Tuesday 9:30am-11:30am Newstead Playgroup
Young at Heart Playgroup Maldon Maldon Hospital, 1 Church St, Maldon Wednesday 10am-11:30am Young at Heart Playgroup
Intergenerational Playgroup West End Hall, Woodman S, Castlemaine. Friday 10am-12pm intergenerationalplaygroup@gmail.com
Rainbow Playgroup Castlemaine Community Centre Wednesday TBC

Page last updated 7 March 2022

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