Playgroups are a great way for children to make friends, learn new things and develop skills. They also connect community and families, writes Melissa Woolford, a Family Worker with Centacare’s Family Connections Program.


The Family Connections team has been reflecting on the benefits of playgroup for children, and the importance of connection to community through grassroots activities and events.

We facilitate mobile intensive supported playgroups with a strong child focus and a gentle approach, recognising parents as the `first teachers in their children’s lives’.

Playgroup provides a safe and happy environment for children to learn, play and develop language, communication and other skills.

Playgroup is an opportunity for parents and children to build friendships and learn about other activities and groups within their community.

Through Family Connections, we celebrate children’s individual talents, personalities and strengths, and support parents to nurture resilience, confidence and self-esteem in their children.

Our playgroups focus on the importance of play for children as it teaches them about the world they live in, how to share experiences with others, use their creativity and develop their imagination.

Besides physical and cognitive development, play supports healthy brain development and builds emotional strength in children. Play is an integral part of learning which assists children to adjust to kindergarten and school environments.

For parents, playgroup provides an opportunity to interact with their child and forge friendships with other families.

Find your nearest Family Connections playgroup (for children aged 0-6 years) here:

Melaleuca Hub – Boandik Tce, Mount Gambier.
  • Every Tuesday, Term 4 (weeks 2-9) from 9am-10.30am. Free.
North Primary – Heath St, Mount Gambier
  • Every Wednesday, Term 4 (weeks 2-9) from 9.15am-10.45am. Free.
Penola Primary Hall – Young St, Penola
  • Every Thursday, Term 4 (weeks 2-9) from 10am-11.30am. Free.

For more information, please phone 8724 0500