A new record will be set this morning when a community playgroup meets on the top floor of Eureka Skydeck – creating Australia’s tallest playgroup.
The feat marks National Playgroup Week, which celebrates the important role playgroups have in offering families the chance to come together to learn, play and support each other.
More than 40,000 children and 30,000 families participate in playgroups in Victoria each year with more than 3500 playgroups running across the state each week.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos congratulated the new national record holders, and announced a $50,000 boost to the Andrews Labor Government’s Great Start Community Playgroup Fund.
The additional funding will enable more Victorians to find a playgroup close to home. Grants of up to $1000 will help parents starting a new community playgroup get the resources they need, such as books, toys and play equipment as well as mentoring support, to establish a successfully run playgroup.
Priority for the grants is given to community playgroups in areas where there are currently none or a low number operating.
Playgroup Victoria administers the fund and has assisted and supported those looking to establish new playgroups. So far the grants have resulted in 65 new playgroup sessions across the state.
Playgroups create an inclusive, safe environment for children to develop their social skills and learn about the world. They also give parents and carers an opportunity to share their ideas and experiences, increase their confidence and offer support throughout the ups and downs of raising children.
The Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – and this begins with giving every child a strong start in life.
You can find more information about applying for a grant by contacting Playgroup Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“We want every Victorian family to have access to a quality playgroup close to home – they are a great way for parents and children to make friends and establish support networks in their local communities.”
“We’re making Victoria the Education State and that starts with supporting parents who are their child’s first teacher.”
Quotes attributable to Acting Chief Executive Officer of Playgroup Victoria Jason Doherty
“Playgroups help families with young children connect with their community and create networks that enrich parents and children alike.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020