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 and Support Team
Our consultants have extensive experience developing playgroups across the state. Contact your region’s consultant for assistance.
Playgroup Development Manager
Leanne has a background in Early childhood education. Being in the role of a supported playgroup facilitator and a community playgroup support officer for several years before starting with Playgroup Victoria in 2013. Leanne is now the manager of Playgroup Development and Support and is passionate about supporting community playgroups to ensure access for all Victorian families.
Contact Leanne: ph. 0466 965 976 e. Ldhami@playgroup.org.au
Playgroup Development Advisor
Naomi began a career in the playgroup world just over 20 years ago, beginning as a parent leader, and then using her qualification in children’s services as a supported playgroup facilitator. Naomi has passionately supported her community in facilitating a variety of programs such as the My Time peer support program, mother goose, small talk, infant, and the PEEP program. Naomi has recently celebrated her ten years working for Playgroup Victoria and enjoys her full-time role as a Development Advisor. Naomi values the connections she has with families and continues to enjoy working with playgroups to support their place in the community.
Contact Naomi: ph. 0419 322 048 / e. firstname.lastname@example.org
Playgroup Development Advisor
Maureen has been working in Children’s Services and Education, in a number of diverse roles, for over 35 years. Her employment at Playgroup Victoria started as coordinating the Connecting Schools and Community project in 2016. She is now a Development Advisor and is based in regional Victoria. Maureen is passionately involved in the Intergenerational Playgroup portfolio. Maureen enjoys the challenge, joy and benefits of connecting people.Maureen has been working in Children’s Services and Education, in a number of diverse roles, for over 35 years. Her employment at Playgroup Victoria started as coordinating the Connecting Schools and Community project in 2016. She is now a Development Advisor and is based in regional Victoria. Maureen is passionately involved in the Intergenerational Playgroup portfolio. Maureen enjoys the challenge, joy and benefits of connecting people.
Contact Maureen: ph. 0457 797 315 / e. email@example.com
Playgroup Assistance and Support Officer
Jo has a background in public health and has spent many years caring for vulnerable families. Jo is extremely passionate about the benefits of early childhood development and the importance of bringing families together in their community. Jo is here to help – whether you are starting a new playgroup, running an existing playgroup or just looking for a playgroup to join!
Contact Jo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regions and Areas of Victoria
Refer to the map for regions covered by our Playgroup Development Consultants
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