Playgroups

Playgroups are a great way for you and your child to meet new people, have fun and find support.

What is a playgroup?

A playgroup is a group of parents, carers and children who come together regularly to play, talk, and learn.

Playgroups help parents meet other parents and make friends, find support, and connect with their children. For children, playgroups are a place to play, grow and learn in a fun way. As a member of a playgroup you might find yourself making playdough one week, then covering your child’s feet in paint the next!

All playgroups are different and are run in a way that works for the group. The main thing is that playgroups are friendly and welcoming, safe and, most of all, fun.

There are three different types of playgroups:

The Playgroup Victoria website is a great place to find out more about playgroups.

Community playgroups

I want to join a playgroup

To find a playgroup in your area, visit the Playgroup Victoria page.

Please note that there are three purpose-built playgroup spaces in the City of Port Phillip. These are used by the following community playgroups:

Elwood Community Playgroup
Address: 51 Broadway, Elwood VIC 3184
Email address: memberships@elwoodplaygroup.org.au

St Kilda Playgroup
Address: Bubup Nairm Family and Children’s Centre, 99B Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182
Email address: stkildaplaygroup@gmail.com

Bubup Womindjeka Playgroup
Address: Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre, 85 Liardet St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Email: info@bwfcc.org.au
Phone: 03 9676 8400

Please note that community playgroups are independently run and will charge membership fees.

I want to start a playgroup

To start a playgroup, all you need is a couple of friends and a place to meet! For more information, see the Playgroups Victoria website.

City of Port Phillip has a dedicated worker who will work to support you and your playgroup in whatever way we can. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us on one of the below methods:

Online: Enter a request via My Port Phillip
Phone: 03 9209 6777
Email: fyccommunitysupport@portphillip.vic.gov.au 

Supported playgroups

When do these sessions run?

Council runs two supported playgroups each school term with groups held weekly, one on Mondays and one on Wednesdays. Groups do not meet during school holidays.

Monday playgroup

Time: 10 am to 12 pm, every Monday

Location: Bubup Nairm Family and Children Centre, 99b Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Wednesday playgroup

Time: 10 am to 12 pm, every Wednesday

Location: South Melbourne Community Centre, 1 Ferrars Place, South Melbourne

How do I join?

If you’re looking to join a supported playgroup, please contact us on the below details or chat with your Maternal Child and Health Nurse at your next appointment.

Online: Enter a request via My Port Phillip
Email:supportedplaygroups@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Phone: 0412 514 421 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only)

Pop-up playgroup

When do these sessions run?

Pop-up playgroups run every school holidays.

The exact dates and times of the next pop-up playgroups will be published in the coming weeks. You can sign up here to join our pop-up playgroup mailing list, through which we can notify you as soon as the dates are released.

What if I don’t live in the City of Port Phillip municipality?

Playgroups are open to everyone, regardless of whether they live in the City of Port Phillip or not. However, please note that all Councils have community and supported playgroups available, so there may be one closer to you.

More information

Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any further questions. You can contact us on one of the below methods:

Online: Enter a request via My Port Phillip
Phone: 03 9209 6777
Email: fyccommunitysupport@portphillip.vic.gov.au