Welcome to a bright new year at playgroup! Playgroup Victoria invites you to join our free online workshops. We will host a range of different sessions on topics that include: art at playgroup, nature play, Covid safety at playgroup plus more!

Connect and Create at Playgroup Workshop Series

Are you looking for inspiring activities for your playgroup? Do you need guidance on setting up your group? We are here to help! Take part in our interactive online workshop sessions as we delve into all things playgroup. We have fresh ideas to share and tips on how to connect with your local playgroup and enjoy creative sessions together. See below for session details and booking options.

Recordings of the sessions will be made available to registered playgroups after the live sessions have run. Register your playgroup HERE 


Storytime at Playgroup

Storytime can be a great way for everyone to come together at playgroup. A time to listen, wind-down and enjoy- perhaps with a cuddle or two! It is a great opportunity to bond and share. Let’s make storytime something everyone looks forward to at your playgroup! Presented by Maureen Hatcher

Date: Thursday 12th May Time: 10am – 11am

Getting Everyone Involved at Playgroup

Encouraging playgroup members to feel like they belong, by delegating and including them in various tasks during the session.  Presented by Naomi Jeffree

Date: Thursday 26th May Time: 7pm – 8pm

Music and Movement at Playgroup

Children naturally enjoy the pleasure of music and will begin to respond to music at a very young age. There are so many opportunities to engage, learn and have FUN with music. Let’s all singalong! Presented by Louise Buckle-Smith

Date: Thursday 2nd June Time: 1pm – 2pm

Connecting with Your Community at Playgroup

Community playgroups work best when they are connected to local services and opportunities. Come and join us to explore the types of community connections that may benefit your playgroup. Presented by Leanne Dhami

Date: Wednesday 22nd June Time: 7pm – 8pm

Be InspiredStarting Your Playgroup

A playgroup is a group of parents/caregivers and their children who meet regularly for play and social interaction. Let’s help get you started. Presented by Jo O’Reilly and Louise Buckle-Smith

There are no upcoming dates for this session, please check back again soon.

Would You Like to Access Our Workshops at Anytime?

Register your playgroup with Playgroup Victoria to gain long-term access to the recordings of these workshops.

Other Playgroup Registration Benefits Include:

  • Public Liability and Property Insurance for Community Playgroups. Public Liability insurance is your playgroup’s protection if your playgroup is found be legally responsible for personal injury to a third party or damage to their property.
  • The option to advertise your playgroup on our ‘Find a playgroup’ website page
  • Access to your playgroup management portal – where you can organise your playgroup and invite families to join
  • Full access to our play ideas library, with over 70 downloadable activity sheets
  • Themed activity booklets with topics that include Nature Play, Music Play, Health and Wellbeing, Community Kindness, Creative Play and more
  • Monthly e-Newsletters filled with the latest playgroup news, event opportunities, articles, interviews and resources
  • Special offers from our partners and opportunities at exclusive playgroup events
  • Full access to The Playgroup Toolkit – home to the best playgroup tools and resources

Meet Our Presenters 

Leanne Dhami

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.

Louise Buckle-Smith

Louise is a passionate advocate for children’s and community services and has devoted her career to this industry for over 30 years.  She has worked in the sector in a wide capacity, including Children’s Services, Family Day Care, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Family and Children Services, TAFE (teaching in Early Childhood) and Playgroup Victoria, Coordinating Connecting Schools and Playgroup Program. Louise is currently working as a Playgroup Development Advisor for Playgroup Victoria. Louise has been a facilitator for Playgroup at Home Live sessions throughout Covid and has embraced this time, seeing families connecting as a community to support each other during challenging times. 

Maureen Hatcher

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.

Naomi Jeffree

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 programmother 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

Jo O’Reilly

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!

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