Play, connect, share

Playgroups and Toy Libraries

Connect with local families and enjoy relaxed play with your child

COVID-19 update

Playgroups have returned to venues from February 2021 with COVIDsafe plans in place. Please contact playgroups directly on the details below.

Playgroup venues

Find a community playgroup near you:

Canterbury Street Stables Playgroup Flemington Tuesday and Friday mornings. Mixed ages 0-5 years and babies. $35 per term. cssp.members@gmail.com
Essendon Playgroup Essendon North Several sessions per week for mixed ages 0-5 years. $35 per term. essendonplaygroup@gmail.com
Overland and Milleara Gardens Playgroup Keilor East Various sessions each week 0-5 years. $35 per term. omgplaygroup@gmail.com
Bowes Avenue Playgroup Airport West Monday mornings in school terms. Mixed ages 0-5. $35 per term. bowesaveplaygroup@gmail.com

You can also search for playgroups through Playgroup Victoria.

Community Playgroups

Hundreds of families across Moonee Valley attend playgroup each week, to build connections with others in their local area and enjoy a relaxed place for babies and young children to play and learn together.

How it works

Community playgroup is for newborns to five year olds who attend with a parent, carer or grandparent for around two hours per week during school terms. Costs are kept low to ensure everyone can easily attend and all families help run the group, such as setting and packing up, and welcoming new families. There is no facilitator running the group and the venues have toys and equipment, kitchen and bathroom facilities and baby change tables.

All playgroups have time for free, open-ended play and some have snack time, craft activities and celebrations, depending on how they like their group to run. Free play is particularly valuable for children and you can find out more in this short video.

Playgroups allow parents to meet other parents – to form friendships and to gain mutual support and advice. If you are new to the area, playgroup can be a great way to build connections.

Community playgroups meet in Airport West, Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Essendon, Flemington, Keilor East and Moonee Ponds.

For more information, contact playgroups@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Supported Playgroups

Supported playgroups are a safe and friendly place for you and your child (from birth until they start primary school) to have fun, learn and play while sharing parenting tips and support.

Sessions are free to attend and run each week during school terms by an early years professional. Supported playgroup is a great way to meet other families.

Coming to supported playgroup can help improve your child’s learning, development and wellbeing through:

  • enhancing interactions with your child in a stimulating environment
  • supporting your parenting skills and confidence
  • helping your family to transition into other community supports.

In addition, in-home support is available for eligible families.

Supported playgroups meet in Ascot Vale, Flemington, Essendon and Avondale Heights.

To find out if supported playgroup is a good fit for your family, please call 9243 1528. This number is monitored on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please leave a message if your call isn’t answered and we will call you back as soon as we can, or email supportedplaygroups@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Information about supported playgroups is available in other languages. Please email supportedplaygroups@mvcc.vic.gov.au to request information.

Rhonda Davis Early Years Centre

This large and much loved playgroup space has a well-used large playground and spacious interior. With child sized toilets, a good kitchen and off road car parking around ten playgroups use this space each week.

Cliff Allison Community Hall

Just off Mt Alexander Road in North Essendon, this playgroup space hosts the Essendon Playgroup who have set up a fun and stimulating range of toys and equipment. The large interior play space and playground allows varied play activities and the off road parking is convenient. The beautiful park and playground, Cliff Allison Reserve, is just outside the door.

Lincoln Road Early Years Centre

Located in the heart of the North Essendon shopping precinct and with good public transport options, this venue hosts around 12 playgroups each week. With a playground, toys for all ages, kitchen and bathrooms it is good for playgroups of around 10 families or less. New toys and resources in 2020 mean it is well set up for playgroups into the future.

toy library

Toy Libraries

Moonee Valley Toy Libraries has more than 2,500 educational and fun toys to borrow that are suitable for children from birth to six years old. The toys are multi-functional, durable, stimulating and require kids to use and develop their own skills and they are lots of fun!

For the cost of one or two new toys you have yearly access to a large range of toys to keep children engaged. There is a huge selection of puzzles, games, coordination toys, imaginative play, train sets, musical instruments, sand and water play, ride-on, slides, dress-ups and more.

Essendon: 129 Lincoln Road, Essendon
Avondale Heights: 54 Lake Street, Avondale Heights

Visit Moonee Valley Toy Libraries for opening hours and to become a member.