Great Start Playgroups

Great Start Grant 2018 The $50,000 Great Start Community Playgroup Grant Fund has been provided by the Minister for Families and Children, Minister for Early Childhood Education – The Honorable Jenny Mikakos. Newly established community playgroups were invited to make an application to Playgroup Victoria for a grant to support their playgroup to get off to a great start.

In 2018 priority was given to new community playgroups being set up by parents who are transitioning from First Time Parents Groups, promoted via the Maternal and Child Health state-wide workforce.

Successful applicants will receive; • Mentoring from the Playgroup Victoria team • A $650 voucher to purchase equipment from Modern Teaching Aids • Registration with Playgroup Victoria • Access to Playgroup Victoria online resources

50 new community playgroups have now received their letter from the Minister’s office to inform them of their successful application under the Great Start Grant. Mentoring from a member of the Playgroup Victoria team will commence over the coming weeks to support the critical early stages of groups getting up and running. Parent run community playgroups to provide a playgroup experience that benefits children and families. Below is a list of the successful applicants:


Playgroup Name Suburb Local Government Area
Lucas Community Playgroup Lucas City of Ballarat
Lumen Christi Primary School Playgroup Delacombe City of Ballarat
Me & My Dad Playgroup Sebastopol City of Ballarat
Warrenheip Playgroup Warrenheip City of Ballarat
Cardigan Village Playgroup Cardigan village City of Ballarat
St. Alipius Parish School Playgroup Ballarat East City of Ballarat
Little Munchkins Playgroup Wendouree City of Ballarat
Hallam Primary Playgroup Hallam City of Casey
Selandra Pram Posse Playgroup Clyde North City of Casey
Kiddie Cloud @ Fairhaven Cranbourne West City of Casey
Let's Play Playgroup Clyde North City of Casey
Indian Playgroup Reservoir City of Darebin
Honey Baby Playgroup Bundoora City of Darebin
"Play and talk - playgroup for children with language delays " West Preston City of Darebin
McKinnon Playgroup McKinnon City of Glen Eira
Goodstart Dandenong-Princes Highway Playgroup Dandenong City of Greater Dandenong
Play Date Mummys Altona Meadows City of Hobsons Bay
Seaholme Beach Playgroup Seaholme City of Hobsons Bay
No Information provided Meadow Heights City of Hume
The Basin Playgroup The Basin City of Knox
St. Luke's Community Playgroup Wantirna City of Knox
Alexander Magit Playgroup Ferntree Gully City of Knox
Billoopark playgroup Wantirna City of Knox
Aintree Playgroup Aintree City of Melton
Mount Waverley North Playgroup Mount Waverley City of Monash
Essex Heights Playgroup Mt Waverley City of Monash
Flemington Primary School Flemington City of Moonee Valley
Playgroup name to be advised Middle Park City of Port Phillip
Hispanitos (Spanish/Hispanic playgroup) St Kilda City of Port Phillip
South Morang Playgroup South Morang City of Whittlesea
FTM Doreen Playgroup Doreen City of Whittlesea
Russian playgroup Manna Lakes City of Wyndham
Haddon Community Playgroup Haddon Golden Plains Shire
Natimuk Intergenerational Playgroup Natimuk Rural City of Horsham
Watchem Playgroup Watchem Shire of Buloke
Cardinia Lakes ELC Playgroup Pakenham Shire of Cardinia
Casterton Playgroup Casterton Shire of Glenelg
Jeparit Playgroup Jeparit Shire of Hindmarsh
Macedon Ranges Multiples Playgroup Gisborne Shire of Macedon Ranges
SPICE: Intergenerational Playgroup Macedon Rangers Kyneton Shire of Macedon Ranges
Lancefield Playgroup Music Morning Lancefield Shire of Macedon Ranges
Bacchus Marsh Playgroup Inc - Playgroupies session Bacchus Marsh Shire of Moorabool
Mumma's of Little Marshians Darley Shire of Moorabool
Koroit Playgroup Koroit Shire of Moyne
Little Quackers Playgroup Cudgewa Shire of Towong
Silvan Primary Playgroup Silvan Shire of Yarra Ranges
Jan Juc Playgroup - Tiny Tots Jan Juc Surf Coast Shire
Torquay Playgroup Torquay Surf Coast Shire
Torquay North Playgroup Torquay Surf Coast Shire