Playgroup Development

Playgroups and communities are diverse. We acknowledge that partnerships with local stakeholders –  playgroup families and professionals – are the key to ensuring we take a place-based approach to increase access to and participation in playgroup.

What is Playgroup Development

A place-based approach, playgroup development aims to improve access to and increase participation in playgroups through working in partnership with communities, to contribute to and support advocacy, promotion, and development of all types of playgroups for children and families in their community. 

This work predominantly involves establishing connections with stakeholders at the local level:  families, local government early years and community development staff, service delivery organisations and agencies, early years services, state government representatives and so on.  It is important that these connections are cultivated and nurtured so that important working relationships lead to strong, cooperative and collaborative partnerships.  

These partnerships are the driving force behind the planning and development of all types of playgroups in communities and are sustained by our place-based playgroup development consultants; our approach is therefore a community development approach.

Playgroup Victoria’s Playgroup Development Consultants can support your work developing the playgroup platform in your community.

Let us help you grow playgroups in your community

Our consultants can assist you through:

  • Attendance of playgroup Victoria staff at local events 
  • Mentoring new playgroups to get off to a great start
  • Establishing local partnerships to support families to participate in playgroup i.e., maternal and child health, local government family and children’s services professionals, schools etc.
  • Mapping playgroups to determine where gaps in participation exist and plan for the establishment of new playgroups
  • Advocacy for playgroups to support their sustainability
  • Providing useful resources that target playgroups and professionals
  • Supporting the development of innovative playgroup models to meet local need
  • Providing playgroups and professionals with access to playgroup specific training and networking opportunities

Meet our Playgroup Development Consultants

Our consultants have extensive experience developing playgroups across the state. Contact your region’s consultant for assistance.

NAOMI JEFFREE

 

Naomi has been involved with playgroups for 16 years, running community playgroups, facilitating supported playgroups and My Time facilitator.

Naomi’s areas are: BawBaw, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, South Gippsland and Stonnington.

Contact Naomi:

ph. 0419 322 048

e. njeffree@playgroup.org.au

BELINDA DAVIES

 

Belinda has worked extensively with families in various community settings for over 30 years.

Belinda’s areas include Banyule, Brimbank, Darebin, Hobson Bay, Hume, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik, Wyndam, Whittlesea, Yarra

Contact Belinda:

ph. 0490 553 102

e. bdavies@playgroup.org.au

LYNNE KENNEDY

 

Lynne has experience working across the early years sector in playgroups and in supporting educators in other early childhood environments.

Lynne’s areas include Boroondara, Knox, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse, Yarra Ranges

Contact Lynne:

ph. 0491 757 563

e. lkennedy@playgroup.org.au

LOUISE BUCKLE-SMITH

 

Louise has worked in the Early Years and Community Services in a variety of roles and has been involved in facilitating supported playgroup for Connecting Schools and Community.

Louise’s areas are: Ballarat: Golden Plains, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Ararat, Glenelg, Horsham, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool, Moyne, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack

Contact Louise:

ph. 0481 303 970

e. lbsmith@playgroup.org.au

MAUREEN HATCHER

 

Maureen has worked in Children’s Services and Education in diverse roles and has been involved in facilitating supported Playgroup for Connecting Schools and Community.

Maureen’s areas are: Colac Otway, Greater Geelong, Queenscliff, Surf Coast, Ballarat, Hepburn, Moorabool, Corangamite, Hindmarsh and Northern Grampians.

Contact Maureen:

ph. 0457 797 315

e. mhatcher@playgroup.org.au

MAREE RYAN

 

Maree has many years of experience in the early years from teaching to facilitating playgroups. Maree has a passion for creating environments that lead to the best outcomes for families in her local area.

Maree’s areas are: Ballarat: Golden Plains, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Ararat, Glenelg, Horsham, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool, Moyne, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack

Contact Maree:

e. mryan@playgroup.org.au

LEANNE DHAMI

 

Leanne is a former supported playgroup facilitator and began working for Playgroup Victoria in 2013. Leanne is currently acting as Playgroup Development team Leader

Contact Leanne:  ph. 0466 965 976  e. Ldhami@playgroup.org.au

Regions and Areas of Victoria

Refer to the map for regions covered by our Playgroup Development Consultants

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