Find the Right Playgroup

Above: Dads of Vermont - (from left) Tom and Pat with Lexi, Penny and Natalie

Whitehorse News - March 2021

In Whitehorse there are playgroups
specifically for grandparents, fathers
and many cultural playgroups.

The call to join a playgroup comes as National
Playgroup Week is held between 23 and 30
March. The week is an opportunity for parents
to learn more about playgroup through the
fun and interactive activities on offer.

Playgroups provide an opportunity for families and children to meet other people going through similar experiences, ease the isolation that can come with caring for young children and find out about local community, health and support services. Play provides children with opportunities to learn, experience, investigate and interact while creating meaning from the world around them.

One of those groups is Dads of Vermont. Facilitator Tom Fagernes said it was a space for dads to catch up, grab a cup of coffee, bring their children and have a chat about the good things they’re experiencing and the challenges they are facing.

“It’s a group that’s there to help dads but also support families through taking pressure off other family members,” he said. “It’s family-oriented.”

The group, one of about 70 across Australia, has taken on extra significance as society gradually loses some of the social isolation shackles that were experienced during COVID-19.

“People are definitely keen to get out there, reconnect and meet face-to-face,” Tom said. “We have even had past members who returned to join up online during lockdown. It kept us connected.”

The group tries to meet weekly on Saturday mornings, but also has regular Zoom catch-ups and online chats.

More information
parentresource@whitehorse.vic.gov.au
9262 6175
Whitehorse playgroups page