Supported Playgroups in Diverse Communities

Culturally diverse playgroups for parents and young children are an important part of Australia’s early childhood services system. VICSEG playgroups actively support hundreds of families throughout the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. Run in local schools and community centres, our playgroups support children’s bilingual language development and provide early learning experiences that promote positive pathways to kindergarten and primary school.

Parents also benefit from social support and friendship, as well as practical information about health, nutrition and child well-being. All our playgroups are free and facilitated by trained and experienced bilingual playgroup leaders.

Northern Playgroups (Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin)

Contact Sayanti Bhatta Tel. 93535811 Email: [email protected]

Western Playgroups (Melton, Caroline Springs, Brimbank, Maribyrnong)

Contact Nhung Nguyen   Tel. 8398 5000 Email: [email protected]

Western Playgroups (Wyndham)

Contact Karen Diacono Tel 87540500 Email: [email protected]

Learning Together Parent and Child English Literacy Playgroups

Learning Together supports parents and children to learn English together and supports children to develop their first language skills. Run in schools and community centres the Learning Together includes a two hour English class for parents whilst their children enjoy an early learning and care program in a room close by. This is followed by a playgroup where the parents and children come together to have fun and practice their language through stories, music and songs. 

Some of our Learning Together programs are pre-accredited and supported by the ACFE program.

Evidence into Action-Learning Together Parent and Child English Literacy Program_2016 Evidence into Action-Learning Together Parent and Child English Literacy Program_2016 (4044 KB)


Final evaluation report-Learning Together Parent and Child English Literacy Program_2016 Final evaluation report-Learning Together Parent and Child English Literacy Program_2016 (1056 KB)




All Talk, Raising Bilingual Children [Video]

Learning Together Program & Playgroup Locations

See below for the list of Playgroup times and locations, and to download Playgroup Flyers

Moreland 
Glenroy
 
Moreland Refugee Social Health Group
 
Monday
9:30 am - 11:30 am 

 
*NEW LOCATION

Bell Vue Park Primary School 
Morell St, Glenroy 3046

 

Moreland Refugee Social Health Group [English/Arabic] Moreland Refugee Social Health Group [English/Arabic] (1692 KB)


Brimbank & Maribyrnong Playgroups 
Braybrook

Chin Burmese Playgroup
Tuesday 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm    
(School term)                     
Braybrook Hub
Churchill Avenue,
Braybrook

For more information contact:
Playgroup Facilitator
Zil - 0481 363 970

MCC Bicultural worker

Sayama Nguri - 0412 648 094                                

Braybrook Burmese Chin Playgroup [ENGLISH Flyer] Braybrook Burmese Chin Playgroup [ENGLISH Flyer] (944 KB)


Sunshine
Iranian/Middle Eastern Playgroup

Monday
12.30 pm - 2.30 pm    
(School term)                                    


Sunshine Leisure Center
5 Kennedy St, Sunshine

For more information contact
Playgroup Facilitator:
Najibeh - 0414 764 294

VICSEG Braybrook Office: 
03 8398 5000

Iranian Middle Eastern Playgroup [ENGLISH Flyer] Iranian Middle Eastern Playgroup [ENGLISH Flyer] (737 KB)

Tamil Parents and Children's Group                            
Wednesday
10:00 am -12:00pm 
(School term)              
Sunshine Primary School
Cnr Hampshire Rd and Derby St, Sunshine

For more information contact:
Playgroup Facilitator:
Sutha Kunalan - 0424 301 187

VICSEG Braybrook office: 03 8398 5000                                      

Tamil Playgroup [ENGLISH Flyer] Tamil Playgroup [ENGLISH Flyer] (585 KB)


West Footscray
Indian, Nepalese & Bangladeshi Family Social Support Group Thursday
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
(School term)
West Footscray Neighbourhood House
539 Barkley Street, West Footscray
(Near library entrance)

For more information contact:
Playgroup Facilitator:
Shivani 0410 973 955

VICSEG Braybrook office: 03 8398 5000

Indian Nepalese Bangladeshi Family Social Support Group [Flyer] Indian Nepalese Bangladeshi Family Social Support Group [Flyer] (1761 KB)

 




Whittlesea Playgroups  
Bundoora              Chinese Playgroup 

Wednesdays
10:00 am - 12:00 pm                  

Bundoora Maternal Child Health Centre
Shop 17, 5 Nickson Street
 

Chinese Playgroup Bundoora [English/Chinese] Chinese Playgroup Bundoora [English/Chinese] (1306 KB)

Playgroup  Fridays
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Darebin N.E. Community Hub
35 Copernicus Crescent,
Bundoora
 
Epping Asylum Seeker Social Health 
Playgroup

Thursday
9:30 am - 11:30 pm

Life Without Barriers
5 / 560-610 High St, Epping
           

Playgroup for recently arrived Families Epping_ENGLISH_Sept2015 Playgroup for recently arrived Families Epping_ENGLISH_Sept2015 (593 KB)

Epping  All Talk Playgroup - 
New Futures Training 
(Arabic/English)
Wednesday 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
New Futures Training
1E/560 High Street, Epping

All Talk Playgroup NFT [Eng-Arabic 2019] All Talk Playgroup NFT [Eng-Arabic 2019] (2402 KB)

 
Epping North

Indian Playgroup
Tuesday
9:30 am - 11:30 pm

Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre
2 Snugburg Way
Epping North

Indian Playgroup Epping [English-Hindi] Indian Playgroup Epping [English-Hindi] (2287 KB)


Thomastown
Arabic Playgroup
Wednesday
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Thomastown Primary School
Spring Street

 

Thomastwon PG ENGLISH-ARABIC_Jan2016 Thomastwon PG ENGLISH-ARABIC_Jan2016 (2094 KB)

 




 Darebin
 Bundoora Chinese Playgroup Darebin            Friday 
9:30 am - 11:30 am               
Darebin North East Community Centre

35 Copernicus Crescent
Bundoora                                                                              

Chinese Playgroup Darebin [English-Chinese] Chinese Playgroup Darebin [English-Chinese] (1234 KB)

 




Hume Playgroups

Broadmeadows
Iranian Women and Children's
Social Health Group 
Friday 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

Broadmeadows Leisure Center
41-85 Tanderrum Way,    
Broadmeadows

Iranian Women & Children's Social Health [English - Farsi, Feb 2019] Iranian Women & Children's Social Health [English - Farsi, Feb 2019] (1750 KB)


Mother & Child Learning English
(Booking through NMIT - AMEP)       

Wed/Thu/Fri
12:15pm - 4:15pm

(Playgroup Fridays 3pm - 4pm)           

Broadmeadows Leisure Centre
Dimboola Road
Broadmeadows

 
  Learning Together
Parent & Child English Language Program 
Monday
12:15 - 3:15
Broadmeadows Leisure Center
41-85 Tanderrum Way,    
Broadmeadows
 
 
 Dallas
Settlement and Social Health Group Wednesdays
9:30am - 11:30am

Spectrum Office,
Level 5, 61 Riggall Street 

Settlement & Social Health PG - Dallas [Feb 2019] Settlement & Social Health PG - Dallas [Feb 2019] (2215 KB)

All Talk Playgroup - Holy Child 
(Arabic / English)

Thursday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Holy Child Primary School Hub
227 Blair St, Dallas

All Talk Playgroup - Holy Child [Eng-Arabic] All Talk Playgroup - Holy Child [Eng-Arabic] (2399 KB)

Coolaroo Learning Together
Parent & Child English
Language Program
Friday
9:30am - 12:30pm

Coolaroo South P.S.
Bushfield Cres,
Coolaroo VIC 3048

LearningTogether_Coolaroo_Brochure LearningTogether_Coolaroo_Brochure (777 KB)


LearningTogether_Coolaroo_Flyer LearningTogether_Coolaroo_Flyer (628 KB)


Craigieburn 

Urdu Language and Culture Group

Monday  (2nd & 4th)
12:00pm - 1:30pm
 

Craigieburn Global l Learning Centre,
75-95 Central Park Ave,
Craigieburn

 
Samoan Bilingual Storytime  Thursday
10:30 am
Craigieburn Global l Learning Centre,
75-95 Central Park Ave,
Craigieburn

 
 
Craigieburn South  Culturally Diverse Playgroup Wednesday
10:00am - 12:00pm         

Craigieburn Sth Primary School Hub
Community Hub
102 Hothlyn Dr
Craigieburn 3064

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Learning Together
Parent & Child English Language Program
Tuesdays
9:30am-12:30pm
Craigieburn Sth Primary School Hub
102 Hotthlyn Dr
Craigieburn 3064
 
 
Craigieburn North All Talk Playgroup - Mt. Ridley
(Arabic / English)
Thursday
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Mt. Ridley College
Community Hub - Early Years
2 - 30 Hampton street
Craigieburn

All Talk Playgroup - Mt. Ridley [Eng-Arabic] All Talk Playgroup - Mt. Ridley [Eng-Arabic] (2327 KB)

Indian Playgroup Craigieburn  Friday
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Newbury Child & Community Centre 
440 Grand Boulevard
Craigieburn

Indian Playgroup Craigieburn [Eng-Hindi] Indian Playgroup Craigieburn [Eng-Hindi] (1370 KB)

Learning Together
Parent & Child English Language Program
Monday
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Newbury Child & Community Center 
440 Grand Boulevard
Craigieburn
 
Learning Together 
Parent & Child English Language Program
 
Wednesday
9:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Mt. Ridley College 
Community Hub - Early Years
2 - 30 Hampton street
Craigieburn

 
 
Meadow Heights  Arabic Playgroup

Monday
9:30am - 11:30am
Meadow Heights Primary School
Community Early Learning Centre
Paringa Blvd, Meadow Heights


Arabic PG Meadow Heights ENGLISH-ARABIC_2017 Arabic PG Meadow Heights ENGLISH-ARABIC_2017 (1399 KB)


Culturally Diverse Playgroup  Wednesday
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bethal Primary School
Community Hub,
26-52 Eldorado Cres,
Meadow Heights

Culturally Diverse PG - Meadow Hts [Jan 2019] Culturally Diverse PG - Meadow Hts [Jan 2019] (681 KB)


Roxburgh Park  Assyrian Chaldean Playgroup


Thursday
9:30am - 11:30am
Roxburgh Park Rise
Primary School

Cnr Bluebird Way & Lockwood Drive
Roxburgh Park

Assyrian Chaldean Syriac PG Roxburgh Park ENGLISH-ARABIC_2017 Assyrian Chaldean Syriac PG Roxburgh Park ENGLISH-ARABIC_2017 (1117 KB)

 
All Talk Playgroup - Roxburgh Rise
(Arabic/English) 
Wednesday
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Roxburgh Rise Primary School
Cnr Lockwood Dr,
Roxburgh Park

All Talk Playgroup - Roxburgh [Eng-Arabic] All Talk Playgroup - Roxburgh [Eng-Arabic] (2328 KB)

 
Wallan *New Program

Indian Playgroup
Thursday 16th August - Thursday 20th September
9:30 am - 11:30 am 
Wallan Family and Children's Centre, 
71 Stanley St, Wallan 

Indian Playgroup - Wallan Indian Playgroup - Wallan (716 KB)

 





Melton 
Caroline Springs Cross-Cultural Playgroup 

Monday
10:00am - 12:00pm        
(School term) 
Springside Children's & Community Centre
22-50 Becca Way, Caroline Springs

For more information contact:
Playgroup facilitator: 
Khay - 0432 390 068

VICSEG Braybrook office:
03 8398 5000             
                                                           

Cross Cultural Playgroup - Caroline Springs [Flyer] Cross Cultural Playgroup - Caroline Springs [Flyer] (756 KB)


Kurunjang Cross Cultural Playgroup         

Wednesday
9:00am - 11:00am 
(School Term)            
Kurunjang Primary School
Mowbray Crescent, Kuranjang (Melton)

For more information contact:
Playgroup facilitator:
Michelle - 0469 863 253

VICSEG Braybrook office
03 8398 5000 / 9353 5811

Cross Cultural Playgroup - Kurunjang [Flyer] Cross Cultural Playgroup - Kurunjang [Flyer] (904 KB)








Wyndham Playgroups 
Werribee  Karen/Burmese Playgroup                        
 
Monday
10:00am - 12:00pm 
Community Hub Room
Wyndham Park Primary School
Kookaburra Ave, Werribee

For more information contact:
Karen Diacono
87540512
[email protected]
Lulu De Rose (Bilingual Facilitator)

Playgroup for Karen Burmese Families Werribee Playgroup for Karen Burmese Families Werribee (786 KB)


Chin/Burmese Playgroup

Tuesday
10:00am - 12:00pm 
Community Hub Room
Wyndham Park Primary School
Kookaburra Ave, Werribee

For more information contact:
Karen Diacono 
87540512
[email protected]
Lulu De Rose (Bilingual Facilitator)

Playgroups for Chin Burmese Families Werribee Playgroups for Chin Burmese Families Werribee (679 KB)


Horn of Africa Women and
Children's Playgroup

Thursday
10:00am - 12:00pm
St Andrew's Primary School
Cnr Greaves & Mortimer St Werribee

For more information contact:
Karen Diacono 
87540512
[email protected]
Ashay Baget (Bilingual facilitator)

Playgroup for Families from the Horn of Africa Werribee Playgroup for Families from the Horn of Africa Werribee (275 KB)



Indian Playgroup
Wednesday 
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Tarneit Community Learning Centre
(Next to The Julia Gillard Library)
150 Sunset Views Blvd Tarneit

Indian Playgroup.2017 Indian Playgroup.2017 (353 KB)


Wyndham Vale  Karen/Burmese Playgroup Wednesday
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Iramoo Community Centre
84 Honour Ave, Wyndham Vale

For more information contact
Karen Diacono
8754 0512 
Lulu De Rose (Bilingual Facilitator)
 
 



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