Supported playgroup funding

Funding to support the delivery and administration of supported playgroups.

Funding guidelines

The funding is based on service providers delivering a professional model of supported playgroups in accordance with the following guidelines:


Service providers are required to employ qualified and skilled supported playgroup facilitators.

The role of the facilitator is to deliver supported playgroups and in-home support using the evidence based Smalltalk.

Eighty per cent (80%) of the funding for Supported Playgroups is for the salary and salary-related costs (Long Service Leave/WorkCover/Sick Leave) of employing a qualified facilitator.

The balance of the funding (20%) is for administration and operation of the program.

Continuation of funding is based on service providers meeting the performance targets specified in the guidelines.


Supported playgroups are delivered in 34 local government areas by the following councils and/or community service organisations:

  • Bass Coast Shire (Bass Coast Health
  • Baw Baw Shire
  • Brimbank City
  • Campaspe Shire
  • Cardinia Shire
  • Casey City (City of Casey and Save the Children)
  • Central Goldfields Shire
  • Colac-Otway Shire (Barwon Child Youth and Family)
  • Corangamite Shire (Barwon Child Youth and Family)
  • Darebin City
  • East Gippsland Shire (Orbost Regional Health
  • Frankston City
  • Greater Dandenong City
  • Greater Geelong City
  • Greater Shepparton City
  • Hobsons Bay City
  • Horsham Rural City
  • Hume City
  • Kingston City
  • Latrobe City (Anglicare Victoria and Save the Childen)
  • Maribyrnong City
  • Melton City
  • Mildura Rural City
  • Moorabool Shire
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • South Gippsland Shire
  • Surf Coast Shire (Barwon Child Youth and Family)
  • Swan Hill Rural City (Mallee Family Care)
  • Wellington Shire (UnitingCare Gippsland)
  • Whittlesea City
  • Wodonga Rural City
  • Wyndham City
  • Yarra Ranges Shire

About supported playgroups

There is a growing body of evidence that participation in a Supported Playgroup run by a skilled and qualified worker and with evidence based practice embedded, has a positive impact on children’s learning, social, and emotional.

For the majority of children, a loving home environment in the care of parents who are attuned to their needs and provide support, stimulation and encouragement sets them on a good developmental pathway.

However, many children living in families experiencing disadvantage do not have home environments that provide opportunities that promote learning and development. These children are also less likely to participate in early childhood education and care services.

Supported playgroups aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • disadvantaged children have improved learning, development and wellbeing outcomes through improved parent-child interaction in the early home learning environment
  • parents develop their parenting skills and confidence to support their children’s learning and development
  • families are supported to transition into other community supports such as community playgroups or to more intensive early childhood or specialist services.

Contact information

For more information on supported playgroups contact your local regional office.