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Additional Support Playgroups

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Additional support playgroups are designed specifically to assist families that have a child with a disability, developmental delay, or other special needs.

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Play is for everyone! It is how we learn and grow. Playgroups provide a safe place for families to play, make new friends, and have fun.

We have three levels of support available for families with a child with a disability, developmental delay, or special needs:

  • Play expert facilitated playgroups for children with a disability or developmental delay, such as PlayConnect
  • Play expert facilitated playgroups with a focus on inclusion for children with and without a disability or developmental delay, such as PALS (Play and Learn Supported)
  • Support to access mainstream playgroups through programs such as Active Inclusion and PlayTogether
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PlayConnect Playgroups are designed for families of children aged 0-6 years who have unique needs associated with having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or developmental delay in communication, behaviour, or social skills. A confirmed diagnosis is not required.

PlayConnect is a welcoming service and a great way for families to connect with others, share knowledge and experiences, and make friends in a respectful, understanding, and fun environment.


Fostering Inclusion

Play Matters Australia delivers three playgroup programs that support families that have children with disability or developmental delay, to connect with mainstream families and playgroups:

  • PALS (Play and Learn Supported)
  • Active Inclusion
  • PlayTogether
Through these programs Play Matters Australia aims to remove barriers to participating in playgroups for families. We provide inclusive resources and training to facilitators and volunteers to ensure that our play experiences include every child and family.

“Play is the work of the child”

Maria Montessori (Physician and Educator)