Up to 1,000 is available to support groups establishing community playgroups.
The Great Start Community Playgroup Fund, administered by Playground Victoria, is a program to support the start-up of new playgroups.
The Great Start Community Playgroup Fund will resource new community playgroups across Victoria and seek a representative spread between metropolitan and regional playgroups. Priority will be given to areas with low take up rate of community playgroups and those with greater proportions of children with 2 or more vulnerabilities on the AEDC. New community playgroups can be stand-alone meaning they will have few to no resources in their venue or they can become a playgroup session of a multi session playgroup that has some shared resources between its playgroups.
The Great Start Community Playgroup Fund will help new playgroups gather the resources and mentoring needed to get a Great Start with their community playgroup. Through this fund, new playgroups will be able to benefit from items such as toys and books to make the job of starting a playgroup easier and make the playgroup more likely to succeed.
There are 2 packages available:
- 20 new groups will receive up to $1000 playgroup startup pack each to start a new, standalone community playgroup.
- 50 new groups will receive up to $600 playgroup pack each to start a new community playgroup in an existing multi session community playgroup.
Eligible applicants include:
- MCH New parent groups
- New community playgroups
- Existing playgroups that want to start a new playgroup session at their venue.
- Families that are meeting together informally and want to form a playgroup (ie: parents from a school community, a support group, a parenting, social or cultural group)
Applications close 30 November 2016.
- Great Start Community Playgroup Fund Guidelines
The Andrews Labor Government is providing new funding to help community kindergartens grow, particularly in areas lacking vital services.
The $100,000 investment is administered by Playgroup Victoria and will allow playgroups to stock up on toys, play equipment, books and other resources used by families.
At tonight’s Playgroup Victoria Annual Playgroup Awards, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced that the Great Start Community Playgroup Grant Fund has been secured until 2018.
In 2015, 65 grants were provided to community playgroups, including 22 in regional and rural Victoria.
This year up to 70 new playgroups or new playgroup sessions are expected to receive grants through the 2016 Great Start grants round.
At the award ceremony, Ms Mikakos also presented the Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Playgroups to the Mirboo North Playgroup.
The playgroup provides parents with opportunities to strengthen their parenting skills and promote positive behavior in the community, such as delivering workshops on cyber safety, Maternal and Child Health services and child first aid.
The Government provides more than $4 million each year to enable a network of Supported Playgroups to operate across the state, which offer a more intensive level of support for families experiencing disadvantage.
Playgroups play a vital role in strengthening families and communities, and instilling children with a lifelong love of learning.
More than 40,000 children and 30,000 families participate in playgroups in Victoria each year.
The Government is making Victoria the Education State – this begins with giving every child a strong start in life.