Playgroups return to Strathbogie Shire

Strathbogie Shire Council’s Supported Playgroups have returned, enabling eligible families

to attend the free playgroups with a paid facilitator.

Held in townships across the Strathbogie Shire, the groups are funded through the

Department of Families, Fairness & Housing.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Chris Raeburn said the sessions included the Smalltalk

Program.

“The Smalltalk program offers parents strategies to support children’s home-learning through

play,” he said.

“It’s a 10-week program, but eligible families can come for as long as they want.”

Strathbogie Shire Council Supported Playgroups Facilitator Michelle Leech said while the

program was available to eligible families, part of her role included assisting some families to

transition into community-run playgroups throughout the Strathbogie Shire.

“There are some fantastic community-run playgroups across the Shire in Euroa, Longwood,

Nagambie, and Violet Town,” she said.

“These are a fantastic alternative for families who are not eligible to attend the supported

playgroups.”

Cr Raeburn said it was an important time for families to connect through social settings such

as playgroups.

“With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to ease, and lots of new families moving into our

Shire in recent months, people are keen to join groups and meet people again,” he said.

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