Publications

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Playgroup Australia has produced, supported and commissioned a range of reports and research. Our research helps us provide better support to families and communities to raise children through play. If you require further information about these documents, please contact us.

Playgroup Australia Pre-Budget Submission: 2018-19

Playgroup Australia and our State & Territory Organisations (STOs) proposed a National Supported Playgroup Program designed to provide flexible cost effective solutions to the following cohorts:
• families that have a member with a disability or special need (parent and/or child),
• families with mental health challenges (including post-natal depression/anxiety),
• Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) families, and
• grandparents.

Playgroup Australia Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19

The reach of Playgroups across Australia and their benefits for children’s development: A comparison of 2012 and 2015 AEDC data

Examining the impact of playgroup attendance on children’s transition to school. Produced by the Telethon Kids Institute, 2017.
Impact of playgroup on child development – Feb 2017 – FINAL REPORT

It takes a village to raise a child: The influence and impact of playgroups across Australia

A quantitative evaluation of community playgroups across Australia. Produced by the Telethon Kids Institute, 2016.
It takes a village to raise a child PDF

Relationships Matter: The Social and Economic Benefits of Community Playgroups

Research has confirmed that community playgroups have enormous social and economic benefits not just for children but also for the parents and carers across a range of demographics, including age, ethnicity, employment status and household income.

The key finding of the research is that community playgroups are essential social supports for child rearing, especially where a parent does not have a peer support network established. More generally that community playgroups:

  • Equip members with parenting skills and put them in touch with necessary community information and contacts.
  • Assist families to feel less socially isolated and build a sense of place or affiliation with the local community.
  • Adapt to the changing face of caring for young children with grandparent playgroups, dads playgroups and ethnic specific playgroups emerging over the last ten years
  • Are an important sites of trust where advice and support were found for those looking after children zero to three.
  • Assist people to feel included in their community especially for culturally diverse families.

Relationships Matter (2016) PDF

Playgroup Venues

This research was conducted by Dr Ian McShane from RMIT in 2015. The research looked at policy and operational trends related to community facilities and venues that community playgroups typically use, but are finding increasingly difficult to access.

Venues research report (PDF, 2.4mb).

40 Years of Playgroup

A celebration of 40 years of connecting communities through playgroups. Featuring research and guest articles. Produced by Playgroup Australia, 2013.
40 Years of Playgroup: Celebrating Our Story of Connecting Communities (PDF, 1.7mb)

Other publications

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