Playgroups are for babies, toddlers and preschool children, their parents, grandparents and/ or carers. They are a place to play, talk, share ideas and connect with the wider Yarra community.

Playgroups generally meet for 2 hours per week during term time at various times and locations throughout Yarra, including parks, libraries and community centres. 

Find a playgroup

Download Playgroups in Yarra 2024 (PDF 179 kB).



Virtual playgroup

Children and families in Yarra can still dance and sing and listen to songs and stories online. You can stay connected with our playgroup facilitators through the videos they have made for you.




Types of playgroups

Baby playgroups

These are held in Maternal and Child Health Centres following First Time Parent Groups and are open to all families with young babies.

Community playgroups

Led by parents, these groups are usually held in Maternal and Child Health Centres and are open to all families with babies and children.

Supported playgroups

These have a facilitator who runs the playgroup and are usually held in Neighbourhood Houses and Community Hubs.

Language-specific playgroups

These are available for families who speak Arabic, French, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Unique playgroups

There are playgroups for families with twins and triplets, children with additional needs, fathers, rainbow families and single parents. 

For families interested in nature play there is the Merri Bush Playgroup.

To find out about specific playgroups, contact us.

Benefits of playgroups

For adults

  • the opportunity to make new friends, share ideas and information
  • time to talk about the joys and challenges of parenting
  • access to information, resources and support
  • a chance to be part of the local community
  • time to focus on playing with your child

For children

  • develop a strong sense of identity
  • connect with, and contribute to, their world
  • develop a strong sense of wellbeing
  • become confident and involved learners
  • be effective communicators

Start a playgroup

If you would like to start a playgroup in Yarra contact us for support with:

  • Finding a venue
  • Promoting your group
  • Ideas for activities and excursions

Support for playgroups

Supported playgroups can join the Yarra Service Provider Playgroup Network here. You can contact the network directly via email [email protected]

We meet quarterly to share information and training.

Contact us to find out about upcoming playgroup activity workshops.

For more information about playgroups throughout Victoria visit Playgroup Victoria or call 1800 171 882.