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]

Evidence into Action-Playgroups for Diverse Communities_2016 Evidence into Action-Playgroups for Diverse Communities_2016 (537 KB)

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

 

Moreland Refugee Social Health Group - Flyer Moreland Refugee Social Health Group - Flyer (1339 KB)

 


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


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Tamil Playgroup
                                    
Wednesday 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
[email protected]                                         

Tamil PG 2017 Tamil PG 2017 (1123 KB)


West Footscray
Indian, Nepalese & Bangladeshi Family Social Support Group Thursday 10:30am - 12:30pm
Starting 2nd March 2017
West Footscray Neighbourhood House
539 Barkley Street

Indian Nepalese and Bangladeshi Family Social Support Group 2017 Indian Nepalese and Bangladeshi Family Social Support Group 2017 (795 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                                                                              

Chinese PG Darebin N E Community Hub ENGLISH-CHINESE_March 2016 Chinese PG Darebin N E Community Hub ENGLISH-CHINESE_March 2016 (467 KB)

 




Hume Playgroups

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

Banksia Gardens Community Center
71/81 Pearcedale Parade,    
Broadmeadows

Asylum seeker Social Health ENGLISH-Farsi_2017 Asylum seeker Social Health ENGLISH-Farsi_2017 (1716 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

 
 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

LearningTogether_Coolaroo_Brochure LearningTogether_Coolaroo_Brochure (777 KB)


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

Culturally Diverse PG Craigieburn ENGLISH_March 2016 Culturally Diverse PG Craigieburn ENGLISH_March 2016 (570 KB)

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

Culturally Diverse PG Craigieburn NorthENGLISH_2017 Culturally Diverse PG Craigieburn NorthENGLISH_2017 (684 KB)


Meadow Heights  Arabic Playgroup

Monday 10:00am - 12:00pm 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)


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

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

 





Melton 
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:
Catherine (Playgroup facilitator)
0432 390 068
VICSEG
8398 5000 / 9353 5811                                                        
                                                             

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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:
Preety (Playgroup facilitator)
03 9743 0633

VICSEG
8398 5000 / 9353 5811

Cross Cultural PG Kurunjang 2017 Cross Cultural PG Kurunjang 2017 (1034 KB)


Melton
Learning Together 
Parent and Child Literacy Program 
Thursdays 10:30am - 1:30pm St. Dominic's Primary School
Church Street Melton

For more information
Glenda Guzman 0425 541 578 

Learning Together (Melton) Flyer Learning Together (Melton) Flyer (891 KB)


Learning Together (Melton) Brochure Learning Together (Melton) Brochure (1699 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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