About Playgroup Australia
Playgroup Australia is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 1984 as the national representative body for playgroup organisations.
We want to ensure that every child and family in Australia has access to a quality playgroup. To do that, we advocate for playgroups and support Playgroup Australia members to strengthen delivery of quality services to young children and families.
Why playgroups matter
There are thousands of playgroups operating across every state and territory of Australia.
Every playgroup is unique, but they all provide incredibly important services: play-based learning and social-emotional development for children; social support for parents and carers; and connections that build communities.
Research tells us that children who engage in play at home and in community-provided settings have better educational outcomes once they reach school. Just as importantly, extended social networks – such as playgroups – improve the mental health of parents and carers and support engaged parenting.
And economists tell us that, for $1 invested in playgroups, Australia gets back nearly $4 in value, through social, educational and health outcomes.
All of which means – life is better with playgroups!
Find out more about the evidence in our Playgroup Statement.