What are The Family Centre Playgroups?

Our playgroups are meeting places where parents & their children can play, share experiences and enjoy the support of other families and our playgroup facilitators.

Who is it for?

Parents/carers and their children aged 0–5 years.

Come along to:

  • Learn creative ways to support your child’s development
  • Be part of a supportive environment where parents can meet and learn from each other
  • Access information and resources about parenting
  • Meet other parents/carers and enjoy a cuppa while the
    children play
  • Identify and build on your individual parenting strengths
  • Connect with Family Centre staff and local service providers
  • Learn more about local community and health services

Activities for children?

Activities are developed in response to children’s interests and include music, stories, painting & drawing, play dough, puzzles & games, water play and gross motor activities.

Registering for Playgroup

You can register below in the playgroup you would like to attend. 

If you would like to speak to us about playgroups call 1800 211 154

Tweed Shire

Tweed Heads South, 9.30am–11.30am

Fingal, 9.30am–11.30am

Tweed Heads, 9.30am–11.30am

Murwillumbah, 9.30am–11.30am

Ballina and Byron Shire

Ballina, 10am–12pm

Ocean Shores, 10am–12pm

Playgroup, Jess's Story...

I remember the first time I walked into the playgroup with my daughter. I was nervous and so was she. There was this wonderful play set up with dolls, baths, soap, and prams. There were so many activities set up as an invitation to stay and play! Both our eyes lit up and I was as excited as my little one!  

After a year of feeling quite isolated with a new baby and not feeling like I had found ‘my mum’s group’ like everyone had said I would I was so relieved to find this great playgroup. A woman in my street told me about it and a friend said, ‘oh gosh I used to take my son there years ago, it was great.’ So, I went. Boy, am I glad I did!  

Simone and Vanessa welcomed us with open arms and for a non-binary parent in a queer marriage with no parents and very few friends with kids I had found my place. It was like-minded people from all walks of life nurtured in a group by these two wonderful, experienced children’s educators. I always knew I wanted my kids raised with an abundance of play and nature which is exactly what this playgroup is.  

My kids and I have benefited so much. We have found a community of friends. We have a messenger group that we, through one of our fantastic mums, used to set up a laundry service during the February 2022 floods for families. Simone and Vanessa are always there for us all and supportive with any questions or concerns. I think most people would say they are lifesavers for people trying to parent. 

Playgroup has been there for us from choosing a preschool to when to toilet train or just for getting out of the house and talking to other adults for a couple of hours!  

Simone and Vanessa also role model such great behavioural guidance strategies and they taught us ninety percent of our song catalogue too which saves me daily! 

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