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Mount Alexander Shire Council Supported Playgroup Program

The Supported Playgroup Program is a State Government funded program that offers eligible 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 designed to boost parents’ skills and confidence. These strategies encourage families to become more aware of the way they talk, listen and play with their child while supporting their child’s overall development.

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, eligibility criteria and session details contact Libby Page, Supported Playgroup Facilitator on 5471 1700 or Text/Mobile 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
Campbells Creek Playgroup Campbells Creek Primary School, 127 Main Road, Campbells Creek. Tuesday 9:00am - 11.00am https://www.facebook.com/campbells.creekplaygroup
Chewton Playgroup Chewton Primary School (multipurpose room), 1 Hunter Street, Chewton. Monday 9:15am - 12pm https://www.chewton-primary-school.com/
Elphinstone Playgroup Elphinstone Primary School, 26 Wright St, Elphinstone. Tuesday 9:15am-11:15am https://www.facebook.com/groups/454726354723527/
Harcourt & District Playgroup Hall in front of Harcourt Pre-school, 28 Buckley St, Harcourt Friday 9:30am-11:30am https://www.facebook.com/harcourt.playgroup
Newstead Playgroup Newstead RTC Multipurpose room, 45 Lyons St, Newstead Thursday 9:30am-11:30am https://www.facebook.com/groups/1517594448460101/
The Watering Hole Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton St, Castlemaine Thursday 9am-12am https://www.cch.org.au/event/the-watering-hole/2021-06-17/
Toy Library Playgroup Castlemaine Uniting Church, 24 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine Wednesday 10am-12pm https://www.facebook.com/CastlemaineToyLibrary/
Young at heart Playgroup Maldon Maldon Hospital, 1 Chapel St, North Maldon Wednesday 10am-11:30am https://www.maldonnc.org.au/childrensactivities/play-group

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 https://www.facebook.com/castlemainebushkinder/
Castlemaine Bush Kinder 3-5 years Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Flora and Fauna Reserve Fridays 9:15am-12:45pm https://www.facebook.com/castlemainebushkinder/
First Steps Playgroup - Salvation Army The Salvation Army Castlemaine Corps, 47 Kennedy St, Castlemaine. Monday 10am-11:30am https://www.facebook.com/First-Steps-Playgroup-Castlemaine-263715203819697/
Lena Mitchell Music Playgroup Taradale Primary School, 98 High St, Taradale Friday 9:15am-9:45am https://www.facebook.com/LenaMitchellMusic/
Steiner Playgroups Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten 11 Rilens Rd, Muckleford Mon - Thurs 9:30am11:30am Wed 1pm-3pm https://www.cssk.vic.edu.au/
Treehouse Tunes (Church of Christ) Playgroup Church of Christ, 66 Blakeley Rd, Castlemaine Thursday 10am-12pm https://www.facebook.com/treehousetunez/
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