A playgroup is a group of parents, carers and their children aged five and under, who meet to play and socialise. Most playgroups meet weekly for a couple of hours in a variety of venues. At playgroup, children have fun, learn through play, develop new skills and make new friends. Parents benefit through the exchange of parenting ideas, gain valuable support and building social connections.

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A Supported Playgroup has a professional facilitator who works with specific groups of families and is funded at no or low cost.

Supported playgroups give families the opportunity to:

  • Learn about play and children’s development
  • Build parent capacity through informal modelling
  • Learn about local services
  • Have fun in a semi-structured setting (story time, music, snack time, free play)

For more information about Supported Playgroups, contact the City of Ballarat Playgroup Coordinator at 5320 5720 or email


A Community Playgroup is usually run by parents and carers. The group decides when it meets and the structure of the playgroup. There are many Community Playgroups in the City of Ballarat. Visit Playgroup Victoria to find a community playgroup or to start a community playgroup.