Playgroup Australia Policy Priorities
National Policy Child Wellbeing
Playgroup Australia calls for this strategy to value play as a fundamental right of all children and to adequately resource playgroup as a vital building block of child, family and community wellbeing.
Early Years Strategy Including Playgroups
Playgroup Australia proposes that the policy will need to enshrine the importance of play-based learning; parent understanding of child development; and the important role of parents’ skill and involvement in play within home and community settings, as well as in early childhood settings.
Boost Community Playgroups
Playgroup Australia proposes an additional 15 Playgroup Development and Support officers, along with funding for central support and coordination, across the country would enable Playgroup STOs to fill the gaps in regional Australia and work closely to develop, support, sustain and grow more playgroups
Playgroup Australia proposes a national supported playgroups program which includes supported playgroups which benefit vulnerable and disadvantaged children, carers, aging and segregated communities.
Investing in Evidence Base
Playgroup Australia supports the calls by ARACY for more and better data about children, including about playgroup, and a national survey of parenting practices and beliefs.
Ensuring good family and child outcomes requires an integrated policy and program response which values and supports the role of the family as the basic unit of social capital and the role of play in achieving significant developmental outcomes for children.