Play Matters > Inclusion Support
Play Matters Australia Inclusion Support programs break down the barriers to play and connection for parents and carers with children who have additional needs.
We offer individualised support to find the program that best meets each family's needs. Furthermore, we empower playgroups to provide accessible and welcoming spaces where everyone has the opportunity to nurture their family relationships and develop much needed social and emotional peer networks.
Outcomes for families
You will know that you're attending or running an inclusive playgroup when all families:
- feel safe and welcome to participate.
- feel valued for their contribution.
- are empowered to choose and make decisions.
- are given the same opportunities to participate.
What we offer
Across Queensland, Play Matters supports families to access playgroups - in Redlands via the PlayTogether initiative, and via Active Inclusion throughout the rest of the state. Both of these Australian Government funded initiatives are focused on building families' confidence to engage with their local playgroup, and upskilling playgroups to be inclusive of everyone.
Becoming an Inclusion Ready Playgroup
All Play Matters Playgroups are now eligible for a FREE Inclusion Ready Playgroup session. Someone from our Inclusion Support team will come to your playgroup with one or more exciting, accessible activities which provide a conversation starter about easy ways to make your playgroup more inclusive for ALL families to feel welcome. At the end of your session, you will receive a gift for your playgroup including:
- A set of mindfulness blocks
- An Inclusion Support Information Kit Booklet
- Visual Communication Boards- ‘Choice’ Board and ‘First and Then’ Board and cards
- Certificate to display demonstrating that you are now an Inclusion Ready Playgroup
To register your Playgroup for an Inclusion Ready Playgroup session, please follow the link below.
Alternatively, Play Matters Volunteers can head to the Facilitator’s Portal and access an online module ‘Becoming an Inclusion Ready Playgroup’, where, upon completion of the Reflective Questions, you will be sent an Inclusion Ready Playgroup Pack for your playgroup.
Free Inclusive Resources
We have a range of free activity kits that have been developed for our Inclusion Support program. These are available for download on our website. The resources are designed to support families and groups by providing them with high-quality inclusive play ideas.
“The true object of all human life is play.”