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: sbhatta@vicsegnewfutures.org.au

Western Playgroups (Melton, Caroline Springs)

Contact Surmeli Aydogan Tel. 93535811 Email: saydogan@vicsegnewfutures.org.au

Western Playgroups (Wyndham)

Contact Karen Diacono Tel 87540500 Email: kdiacono@vicsegnewfutures.org.au

Western Playgroups (Brimbank, Maribyrnong)

Contact Jackie McWilliam Tel 83985000 Email: jmcwilliam@vicsegnewfutures.org.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.

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All Talk, Raising Bilingual Children [Video]

Playgroup Locations

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


Brimbank & Maribyrnong Playgroups 
Braybrook

Chin Burmese Playgroup
             
Tuesday 1:00pm - 3:00pm              
Braybrook Hub
Churchill Avenue
Braybrook

For more information contact:

Nguri 0412 648 094

Moe 0421 486 096  

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Sunshine
Iranian Playgroup

Monday 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Sunshine Leisure Centre
Kennedy Street, Sunshine

For more information contact:

Niran Tabiei
0468 918 148
Niran_tabiee08@yahoo.com


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Tamil Playgroup
                                          
Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm              
Sunshine Primary School
Cnr Hampshire Rd and Derby St, Sunshine

For more information contact:

Sutha Kunalan
0424 301 187

Principal - Lyn Read  
8311 5700
Read.lyn.a@edumail.vic.gov.au                                         
 

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Whittlesea Playgroups  
Bundoora Chinese Playgroup 

Tuesday 10:00am - 12noon                

Bundoora Maternal Child Health Centre
Shop 17, 5 Nickson Street, Bundoora
 

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Epping Indian Playgroup

Monday 10:00am-12:00am

Saint Mary of the Cross
MacKillop Catholic Parish
Primary School

47 Farmhouse Blvd, Epping (Enter via  Redding Rise gate)

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Refugee & Asylum Seeker
Playgroup

Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm

 Life Without Barriers

           

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Sri Lankan Playgroup Friday 10am - 12pm Saint Mary of the Cross
MacKillop Catholic Parish 
Primary School

47 Farmhouse Blvd, Epping (Enter via  Redding Rise gate)
 

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Hume/Moreland Playgroups

Broadmeadows
Asylum seeker Social Health   Tuesday 2:30pm - 4:30pm 
(To start from 8th Feb 2016)

Broadmeadows Leisure Centre
Cnr Pearcedale Prd & Dimboola Rd,    
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
 
Coolaroo Learning Together
Parent & Child English
Language Program
Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm Coolaroo South P.S.
Bushfield Cres,
Coolaroo VIC 3048

 




Craigieburn  Indian Playgroup

Monday 9:30am - 11:30am

Craigieburn South
Primary School Hub 

102 Hothlyn Drive, Craigieburn
 
                     

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Craigieburn South  Culturally Diverse Playgroup Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am Craigieburn Sth Primary School Hub
Community Hub
102 Hothlyn Dr
Craigieburn 3064

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

 

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Dallas
Vietnamese Playgroup

Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am Holy Child Primary School
Community Hub
227 Blair Street, Dallas

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Moreland Culturally Diverse Playgroup

Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm

Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House
104 A Reynard Street
Coburg
 
           

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Meadow Heights  Arabic Playgroup

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


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Turkish Playgroup Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am

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


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

Cnr Bluebird Way & Lockwood Drive
Roxburgh Park

 

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Sri Lankan Playgroup
          
Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am Roxburgh Rise Primary School

Cnr Bluebird Way & Lockwood Dr,
Roxburgh Park

 

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Melton Playgroups 
Caroline Springs Cross Cultural Playgroup 

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

For more information contact:
Surmeli Aydogan
8398 5000
saydogan@vicsegnewfutures.org.au
Jill     
0424040712                                                         
                                                             

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Kurunjang Cross Cultural Playgroup         

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

For more information contact:
Surmeli Aydogan
8398 5000
saydogan@vicsegnewfutures.org.au
Michelle 
0469863253
 

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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
kdiacono@vicsegnewfutures.org.au
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
kdiacono@vicsegnewfutures.org.au
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
kdiacono@vicsegnewfutures.org.au
Ashay Baget (Bilingual facilitator)

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Iranian Playgroup

Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm Playhouse
Wyndham Civic Centre
Princess Highway, Werribee

For more information contact
Karen Diacono
8754 0512 
kdiacono@vicsegnewfutures.org.au
Mahtab Jahanbakhsh (Bilingual facilitator)

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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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