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Child Friendly City Greater Dandenong

Child Friendly City Greater Dandenong


Playgroups provide a social opportunity for families with children aged 0-5 years to meet, play and learn.


  • Can be held at locations such as community centres, schools, kindergartens, aged care facilities, churches and halls

  • Often operate for to 2 hours in duration

  • Are vital to children’s development and learning readiness

  • Can create social opportunities for parents and their children to meet each other and make friends. They can develop social support networks. Parents can work together to provide a stimulating play environment for their children to grow and learn.

Nature Playgroup

Nature Play playgroup is held at Alex Willkie Nature Reserve every Tuesday morning from 10.00am–11.00am for unstructured outdoor play.

Playgroup begins with a nature walk, enjoying the seasons and birdlife followed by a visit to the ‘Sense Trail’ where the children are encouraged to explore the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the Australian bush. There is a small pond with tadpoles and plenty of sticks to build with and logs to turn over and investigate. 

The playgroup is suitable for babies up to 5 year olds and has a qualified Ranger to lead the session at all times. Sessions are cancelled if it is too wet or windy.

Types of playgroups

There are two main types of playgroup:

  • community playgroup

  • supported playgroup

In a community playgroup, parents are involved in the running of the playgroup such as planning and setting play experiences, supervision and packing up.

Cost can apply to these playgroups and varies across the playgroups.

In a supported playgroup, an early year’s worker facilitates the playgroup and parents are encouraged to get involved in the playgroup process and engaging their children during play. Parents will be provided with parenting information and ideas at the playgroup.


Playgroup development

Starting your own playgroup
If you wish to start your own playgroup, please contact the Playgroup Development Officer on 8571 1826 for information, resources and support.

Support for Community Playgroups
If you have a community playgroup and would like to talk about support for your community playgroup, please contact the Playgroup Development Officer on 8571 1826 or email

Having difficulty contacting a playgroup?
For further information about community playgroups in the City of Greater Dandenong or if you are having difficulty contacting a playgroup, please call the Playgroup Development Officer on 8571 1826 or email