Murrumbeena Playgroup is a wonderful play environment for both parents and pre-school children to interact with others in the local community.
Our final day for 2023 will be Friday 8th December, and we will re-open in the first week of February 2024.
Please come along to our FREE open day event for preschool age children on Saturday 17th February from 10am to 1pm! Please register your attendance via Event Brite.
You can attend as many sessions as you like each week and are not locked into a particular day. You can even attend 2 FREE TRIALS to see what playgroup is like.
We have a huge variety of indoor toys, crafts and outdoor equipment for children from babies to preschoolers with all sorts of interests.
The playgroup is entirely run by the families who attend. We encourage families to share their talents with the group!
Across the year, the playgroup has previously had themed activities for cultural celebrations such as Lunar New Year, Easter, Diwali and Christmas.
We also hold some incursions that are included in the price of membership.
sessions and fees in 2023
We offer flexibility across the week, and have elected to run 3 days only in 2023 to ensure roster availability. You can attend as many times as you like for the yearly fee of $155. If you join after June 2023, it’s $95, and if you join from November it’s $55. You will need to renew membership in 2024. New members get two free trials so you can decide if you want to sign up for full membership. Please note, there are reduced annual fees if you sign up later in the year. Please contact us if you have any questions about this. Playgroup Victoria membership is required before signing up Murrumbeena Playgroup for insurance purposes (this is currently free).
Sessions for 2023 operate from 6th February to 8th December, including school holidays. Closed Public holidays. For everyone’s safety and well-being, please note that you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend playgroup.
9:30 Playgroup opens and play begins!
A parent volunteer, opens playgroup and gets out a few activities. Families arrive when suits them and get out any additional activities that their child would like to play with. As they arrive, they sign in and scan the QR code.
10:30-11:00 Morning Tea or Lunch
The children are invited to sit together to have a snack or lunch. This can be inside or outside depending on the weather. This is also a nice time for the parents to have a tea or coffee.
*Due to allergies, we ask that there are no nuts-every parent is responsible for their own child.
11:15 It’s time to clear
As the children finish their snack or lunch, they get to play some more! Around 11:15, families start cleaning the toys and packing up all of the equipment together.
11:20 Parachute or bubbles
At the end of the session, we usually play with the parachute or bubbles together. Sometimes we sing songs, sometimes the children just enjoy running under the parachute and on top. Sometimes, children might sit at the edge and watch!
11:30 Session ends
1, How can I enrol?
There is an enrolment form on our website. A paper copy is available in the enrolment officer’s drawer if a families do not want to complete on line.
2, Can families attend without a booking?
Yes, you can attend two free trials ,and do not need to book in advance. It’s handy if you sign up to Playgroup Victoria membership (https://www.playgroup.org.au/become-a-member/) which will streamline the enrolment process for if you decide to become a member, and is also best practice for insurance purposes.
3, Why do we need to sign in?
The attendance records are to know who attended each day and is a also a requirement of Playgroup Victoria who arranges insurance for the group.
4, What to do in the event of an accident or injury?
There is a first aid box located on top of the cabinet which has supplies that can be used if required. There is also an incident Book which is required to be filled out as soon as is practical after the accident/injury.
5, Can older children attend (for example, in the school holidays?)
Unfortunately, school-aged children are not covered by our insurance and so are unable to attend playgroup.1,
How we run
Our playgroup is run entirely by the families. We ask families be involved where possible to keep the playgroup running.
CLEANING UP EACH SESSION
All attending familes help to clean up at the end of the session. Especially important now to meet COVID-safe requirements.
OPEN/ CLOSE ROSTER
Each session relies a group of people who are available to open/close the playgroup room. There is a roster made up once every 3 -6 months and typically has 3-4 people rotating for each day so that it is possible to swap as needed. We know that things come up!
These happen during the year and families are encouraged to attend one if they can.
The committee oversees the running of the playgroup. There are a number of roles including, Co-ordinator, Assistant Co-ordinator, Secretary, Enrolments Officer, Treasurer and Fundraising, Publicity Officer. There is also the option of joining as a general committee member if all other positions are filled to help with jobs that come about from meeting discussions.
Committee meetings are held once a month from 7:30 – 9:30pm. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Way to attend
Given there is no density requirement for gathering currently, NO BOOKING is required and you can just pop by to attend any session. After two free trials you can register to join on our website. Our Co-ordinator will contact you and add you to our membership group.
get in touch
We'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to email us or come in and chat during a session.
Rear of Murumbeena Uniting Church
117 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena
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