Playgroup flourished in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in Victoria. Hundreds of playgroups were scattered throughout Melbourne and country Victoria. There became a need for some cohesion and networking between these groups as more parents wanted to start and join local groups in their area.
Members of the public gathered to discuss a wide range of women’s needs: Child Care, providing mothers with breaks from constancy of children, ways of overcoming isolation and helping them to develop parenting skills and knowledge of children and their needs.
Many hard-working volunteers came together and invited playgroups and interested people to join them in striving for change. The response was so great that in 1974, the Victorian Playgroup Association (V.P.A) was formed. Its goals were to set up an advisory service, fulfil the need for workshops, lectures and discussions related to parenthood and life with children, and to liaise with local, state and federal governments.
In 1979 it was reported that the V.P.A. was reaching over 25,000 families with pre-school age children. By August the following year, The V.P.A became a completely autonomous body.
Playgroup Victoria is committed to supporting families for another 40 years and beyond.
Forty years on, Playgroup Victoria is still working to empower families to support each other and advance their child’s development. Our enthusiastic and dedicated team provide advice and support for Victorian families with membership services, playgroup consultants, training packages, programs, events and advocacy work with all levels of government.
For so many parents who are facing challenges in their life and need a little help in their parenting role, playgroup provides the support they need. Through the care and guidance of other families and/or a playgroup mentor, there is an opportunity to develop their individual strengths, increase their confidence as parents and find their place in a connected, supportive community.
Our team sees the difference connection and friendship can make in an isolated family’s life and. They often hear parents sharing the same sentiment, that going to playgroup kept them sane when their children were little. “I relied on the friendship and support I got there.” “I feel comfortable with the other women at playgroup. I can say anything to them and still feel I’m okay.”
Staff manage Playgroup Victoria’s day to day operations and Playgroup Victoria’s board is responsible for governance and is elected at an AGM.
Playgroup Victoria is endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) by the Australian Tax Office and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) for all its activities. As an endorsed DGR, Playgroup Victoria is entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts and deductible contributions from individual donors, corporate and philanthropic trusts.