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Playgroups and playcentres

Playgroups and playcentres promote young children's development through play experiences and provide an opportunity for parents to build supportive networks, make friends and share experiences with other parents.

Community playgroups

Community playgroups are run by families for families of children from birth to five years of age.

Community playgroups offer:

  • opportunities for parents, carers and young children to meet in a relaxed setting
  • a range of play experiences to support children's social, emotional, physical and communication development
  • activities to give children lots of time to experiment, explore and interact.

Many SA government preschools and children’s centres offer community playgroups. 

Cost

There is a small cost associated with attending community playgroups. Please contact your local centre for more information.

Supported playgroups  

Supported playgroups are led by a trained facilitator. 

Supported playgroups are offered to children from birth to five years of age through the Learning Together program and through children’s centres

Some SA government schools also run supported playgroups with a particular focus on engaging families in their children’s learning through the Playgroups in Schools program. 

Some supported playgroups will be open to the local community whilst others may be for a specific group of people. 

Cost

Most supported playgroups are free of charge to families. 

Playcentres

Playcentres may be available in small rural communities that don't have a preschool. 

Playcentres are play-based learning environments. They offer activities run by an early childhood worker for children under school age and their families.

They promote children's early learning and development and are managed and staffed by the department.

The Early Years Learning Framework is used as a guide to:

  • plan activities
  • promote children's early learning and development
  • evaluate how children are progressing. 

Parents of children under three years old must attend with their children.

Contact your local school to see if they operate a playcentre. 

Contact

Family Learning team

Phone: 8226 4293
Emaildecd.familylearning [at] sa.gov.au