Playgroup Makes a Difference – Tuesday 17th October 2023

Planting Today, Growing Tomorrow

Following a four-year hiatus, join us for a playgroup gathering- our annual conference is back! Together we will celebrate and discuss playgroup and its importance in the current climate as we navigate a new chapter for children, families and communities. Having experienced the peak of the pandemic, we now turn to embrace fresh opportunities for connection. Early bird tickets are now on sale! Click the button to book.

Interested in being involved in this year’s conference? Submit Your Abstract Below!

Call For Abstracts Now Open!


Would you like to present at the Playgroup Conference? Do you have research and stories to share? We warmly welcome you to tell us more and submit your abstract below for consideration.

Submissions close Friday 7th July 2023. 

The significance of playgroups for children, families and communities is even greater as we compensate for what we missed, revive from challenging conditions and regenerate the communities within our playgroups and beyond, to ensure all families can take part and benefit. This year’s conference provides an opportunity for you to contribute to conversations, be inspired to create enriching early years experiences and be a visionary of playgroup practice. Please click below to access our abstract submission form.

Click here to submit your abstract for consideration

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Keynote Speakers

Catherine Liddle

Chief Executive Officer, SNAICC – National Voice for our Children

An Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia, Catherine has been a leading advocate in upholding the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on a national, regional and local level. Catherine has held senior management positions in First Nations organisations including First Nations Media and Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, as well as within the Northern Territory Education Department, the ABC and NITV/SBS.

A journalist by trade, Catherine’s motivation has always been to drive change that leads to positive outcomes and options for First Nations people. Over the past 10 years she has led multidisciplinary teams, overseen workplace transformations, and advocated for policy reform. Catherine is the CEO for SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children that works for the fulfilment of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and wellbeing.

Dr Sally Smith 

Chief Executive Officer, Peeple

Dr Sally Smith has a background in research including at the University of Oxford where she worked on an evaluation of the Peep Learning Together Programme. This led her to change direction in her career and join Peeple who develop and deliver strengths-based ways to help parents to provide the best start for their children.

Stay tuned for more information on our speakers coming soon!

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