Supported playgroups

We support an inclusive environment where people of all genders and ages, people living with a disability, First Nations people and people from LGBTI and CALD communities feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas; knowing that these will be valued and respected. Our staff are well-informed and sensitive to lived experiences. They understand the complexities and challenges people face when accessing services. We are committed to working with you to understand your needs.

Bethany Community Services runs supported playgroups as part of our Connect Up program, a local service that supports families to help their children thrive.

Connect Up supported playgroups provide a safe, welcoming space for parents, caregivers and preschool children to come together to:

  • share quality time together
  • socialise
  • encourage children to learn through play in a group environment.

Due to COVID restrictions families need to contact site facilitators to express interest and to confirm attendance. 

Where and when can I attend a Connect Up supported playgroup?

Bethany is currently running supported playgroups in partnership with local schools, kindergartens and communities at the following locations:

Northern Bay College

  • Hendy P-8 Campus – (38 Hendy St, Corio)

Fridays 9am – 10.30am 

Key contact- Kim 0455 571 281

  • Peacock P-8 Campus (33-35 Peacock Ave, Norlane)

Wednesdays 9am – 10.30am

Key contact – Rachael 0448 876 013

  • Tallis P-8 Campus (57 Tallis St, Norlane) 

Friday 9am – 10.30am

Key contact – Miranda 0409 643 709

  • Wexford P-8 Campus (Korayn Birralee Centre – Purnell Road) 

Thursdays 9 – 10.30am

Key contact –Robyn 0439 401 853

  • Northern Bay Family Centre (3-25 Goldworthy Road, Corio) 

Mondays 9.30am – 11am

Key contact – Natalie 0418788432 

Primary schools

  • Geelong East Primary School (184 Boundary Rd, Geelong)

Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am 

Key contact – Silvana 0447 108 582

  • Bell Park North Primary School (16-26 Barton Street, Bell Park) 

Tuesdays 9am – 10.30am 

Key contact – Miranda 0409 643 709

Geelong East Primary Supported Playgroup

Tallis Supported Playgroup

Wexford Playgroup

Peacock Playgroup

Hendy Playgroup

Goldsworthy Playgroup

FAQ 

  • Do I need to pay to attend a supported playgroup?

No, attending a Connect Up supported playgroup is free.

  • Is my family eligible for a Connect Up supported playgroup?

Connect Up supported playgroups are available to all families with preschool children who are part of the community where a Connect Up supported playgroup is located.

  • Can the playgroup facilitator help link me with other services?

Yes, Connect Up workers can help identify other services that may be useful for you. We can also help you contact and connect with other services and make introductions.

  • Do I need to bring anything to the supported playgroup? 

Supported Playgroups encourage healthy habits for children, so we ask families to bring a bottle of water and a piece of fruit for each child they bring to the playgroup.