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Playgroups

Knox City Council's early years centres host playgroup sessions for parents and carers of babies and children from birth to five years of age.

About playgroups 

Playgroup is having special time to play together, build relationships, meet new friends and gain a sense of community involvement. Playgroups usually meet on a regular basis once a week during school terms. 

Playgroup provides an environment where children can: 

  • learn to play and socialise with other children 
  • increase their skills and confidence 
  • extend language and early literacy through words, books and stories 
  • be supported to enjoy active play and share healthy snacks 
  • experience children with diverse needs and different cultures. 

Parents and carers can: 

  • build relationships and meet new friends 
  • access parenting information, resources and support 
  • learn about childhood development 
  • experience community involvement. 

Playgroup activities 

Playgroup sessions can include: 

  • indoor and outdoor play 
  • art and craft activities 
  • music and movement 
  • playdough and puzzles 
  • storytime and books 
  • snack time. 

Playgroups across Knox 

There are two types of playgroups – community playgroups and supported playgroups:

Community playgroups

Community playgroups at Council’s early years centres are incorporated associations run by parent and carer volunteers.

All community playgroups are provided with resourcing and support from Knox City Council’s Playgroups Team. 

Find contact details of your local incorporated association or other community playgroup below:

Bayswater, Boronia and The Basin
Playgroup Contact

Alice Johnson Playgroup

Alice Johnson Children and Family Centre

Park Boulevard

Ferntree Gully

Email: alicejohnsonplaygroup@gmail.com

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Cooinda Children and Family Centre

17 Dinsdale Road, Boronia

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Haering Road Children and Family Centre

17 Haering Road, Boronia

Email: haeringroadplaygroup@gmail.com

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

The Basin Children & Family Centre

387 Forest Road, The Basin

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater

41 Phyllis Street

Bayswater

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Ferntree Gully and Upper Ferntree Gully
Playgroup Contact

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Alexander Magit Playgroup

11 Harwell Road

Ferntree Gully

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Forest Road Playgroup

Forest Road/Bena Angliss Children and Family Centre

Forest Road

Ferntree Gully

Email: frplaygroup@gmail.com

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Upper Ferntree Gully Children and Family Centre

1 Rollings Road

Upper Ferntree Gully

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Wattleview Playgroup

Wattleview Children and Family Centre

Fuchsia Street

Ferntree Gully

Email: wattleview_playgroup@live.com.au

West Gully Children and Family Centre

50 Dobson Street

Ferntree Gully

Website: West Gully Playgroup

Rowville
Playgroup Contact

Liberty Avenue Playgroup

Liberty Avenue Children and Family Centre

77 Liberty Avenue

Rowville

Email: libertyplaygroup@hotmail.com

Murrindal Playgroup

Murrindal Children and Family Centre

100 Murrindal Drive

Rowville

Email: murrindalplaygroup@hotmail.com

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Park Ridge Children and Family Centre

208 Dandelion Drive, Rowville

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Rowville Children and Family Centre

965 Wellington Road

Rowville

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Taylors Lane Children & Family Centre

Cnr Taylors Lane and Kelletts Road

Rowville

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Wantirna, Wantirna South, Scoresby and Knoxfield
Playgroup Contact

Billoo Park Playgroup

Billoo Park Children and Family Centre

40 Birchfield Crescent

Wantirna

Email: billoopark-playgroup@hotmail.com

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Knoxfield Children and Family Centre

81 Anne Road 

Knoxfield

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South

81 Argyle Way

Wantirna South

Email: knox.playgroups@gmail.com

Website: Knox Community Playgroups Inc

Facebook: Knox Community Playgroups

Supported playgroups

There are a number of supported playgroups offered across Knox to families with diverse needs. Sessions are delivered by a trained facilitator.

My Time Supported Playgroups

My Time is a free peer support program for parents and carers of young children from birth to five years with a:

  • disability
  • developmental delay
  • chronic medical condition. 

Playgroup

Contact

Alice Johnson Children and Family Centre

Park Boulevard

Ferntree Gully

Playgroup Victoria on 1800 171 882 or Naomi on 0419 322 048

West Gully Children and Family Centre

50 Dobson Street

Ferntree Gully

Down Syndrome Victoria 1300 658 873 or Jackie 0419 348 012

 

 

Smalltalk Playgroups

Knox City Council operates five Smalltalk Supported Playgroup sessions weekly during school terms for eligible families with babies and children from birth to five years.

Smalltalk Supported Playgroups are free to attend.

To be eligible for Smalltalk, a family member must hold a Health Care Card or equivalent and have a child aged between birth to five years.

At a Smalltalk Supported Playgroup you can:

  • get tips and strategies to support your child’s learning and language development
  • interact in fun, engaging activities and experiences
  • meet other families with young children in your local area
  • gain support in the development of parenting skills.

To find out more call the Playgroup team on 9298 8348 or email play@knox.vic.gov.au

Young Parents Supported Playgroups

These playgroups are for mums and dads aged 25 and under with babies and young children.

Young Parents Playgroups provide an opportunity for young parents to meet other parents close to their age and build a peer support network.

Playgroups are free to attend and are facilitated by Knox City Council’s Youth Team.

To find out more call the Playgroup Team on 9298 8348 or email play@knox.vic.gov.au

Join a playgroup

If you are interested in joining a playgroup.

Submit an enquiry form

Playgroup e-newsletter

Receive up-to-date information and events for families.

Subscribe to our playgroup e-newsletter

Need help?

Email play@knox.vic.gov.au and we will get back to you.

You can also call our Customer Services team on 9298 8000.

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