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 has practical information about health, nutrition and child wellbeing. 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)

Contact Surmeli Aydogan Tel. 93535811 Email: [email protected]

Western Playgroups (Wyndham)

Contact Karen Diacono Tel 87540500 Email: [email protected]

Western Playgroups (Brimbank, Maribyrnong)

Contact Jackie McWilliam Tel 83985000 Email: [email protected]au

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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.

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 list of Playgroup times and locations, and to download Playgroup Flyers


Moreland 
Glenroy
 
Refugee Social Health Group
 
Monday 9:30 am - 11:30 am
 
Hope Centre
93 - 95 Station road
Glenroy

For more information contact
Sayanti  03 9353 5811

 

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Brimbank & Maribyrnong Playgroups 
Braybrook

Chin Burmese Playgroup
             
Tuesday 12:30pm - 2:30pm
(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
12.30pm - 2.30pm (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 10:00am - 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 10:30am - 12:30pm
(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 [ENGLISH Flyer] Indian Nepalese Bangladeshi Family Social Support Group [ENGLISH Flyer] (1768 KB)

 




Whittlesea Playgroups  
Bundoora              Chinese Playgroup 

Monday 10:00am - 12:00pm                

Bundoora Maternal Child Health Centre
Shop 17, 5 Nickson Street
 

Chinese PG Bundoora ENGLISH-CHINESE_Aug 2016 Chinese PG Bundoora ENGLISH-CHINESE_Aug 2016 (342 KB)

Epping Refugee & Asylum Seeker
Playgroup

Thursday 9:30am - 11:30pm

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

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Thomastown
Arabic Playgroup
Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am
Thomastown Primary School
Spring Street

 

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 Darebin
 Bundoora Chinese Playgroup             Starting from Term 3 2016
Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm             
Darebin North East Community Centre

35 Copernicus Crescent
Bundoora                                                                              

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Hume Playgroups

Broadmeadows
Asylum seeker Social Health   Friday 12:45pm - 2:45pm 

Banksia Gardens Community Center
71/81 Pearcedale Parade,    
Broadmeadows

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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

 
 Dallas
Learning Together Bilingual Playgroup  Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am

Spectrum Office,
Level 5, 61 Riggall Street

Learning Together Bilingual Playgroup[English-Arabic] Learning Together Bilingual Playgroup[English-Arabic] (1013 KB)

 
Settlement and Social Health Group Wednesdays 9:30am-11:30am

Spectrum Office,
Level 5, 61 Riggall Street 

Dallas Settlement and Social Health Playgroup[Arabic] Dallas Settlement and Social Health Playgroup[Arabic] (2044 KB)


Dallas Settlement and Social Health Playgroup[English] Dallas Settlement and Social Health Playgroup[English] (1534 KB)

 
Coolaroo Learning Together
Parent & Child English
Language Program
Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm
Coolaroo South P.S.
Bushfield Cres,
Coolaroo VIC 3048

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LearningTogether_Coolaroo_Flyer LearningTogether_Coolaroo_Flyer (628 KB)


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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Craigieburn North Culturally Diverse Playgroup
Monday 9:30am - 11:30am
Newbury Child & Community Centre
440 Grand Boulevard,
Craigieburn

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Meadow Heights  Arabic Playgroup

Monday 10:00am - 12:00pm Meadow Heights Primary School
Community Early Learning Centre
Paringa Blvd, Meadow Heights


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Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Friday 9:30am - 11:30am
Bethal Primary School
Community Hub,
26-52 Eldorado Cres,
Meadow Heights

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Roxburgh Park  Assyrian Chaldean Playgroup


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

Cnr Bluebird Way & Lockwood Drive
Roxburgh Park

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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             
                                                           
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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)


Melton
Cross Cultural Playgroup  Thursdays 11:00am - 1:00pm
(School term)
St. Dominic's Primary School
Church Street, Melton

For more information:
Playgroup Facilitator:
Khay - 0432 390 068

VICSEG Braybrook Office
03 8398 5000

Cross Cultural Playgroup - Melton [Flyer] Cross Cultural Playgroup - Melton [Flyer] (539 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)

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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)

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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)

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Indian Playgroup
Wednesday (School term)
12:30pm - 2:30pm

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

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Wyndham Vale  Karen/Burmese Playgroup Wednesday 10:30am - 12:30pm  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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