Playgroups – Wellington

What is a Supported Playgroup (SPPI)?

Uniting Care Gippsland Sale office co-ordinates the Supported Playgroups for the Wellington Shire. Playgroup Victoria also works with Uniting Care Gippsland in providing these playgroups in the Wellington Shire area. UCG looks at providing SPPI in communities that may have rural or remote access to playgroups, vulnerable families, indigenous communities, families with challenges or children with additional needs are some examples. By offering these playgroups it provides the community with a place to go with like- minded families along with community networking this can be part of this weekly/fortnightly playgroup.

Supported playgroups also have a qualified play leader setting up for the play sessions co-ordinating it, this provides the foundations for quality and child orientated age appropriate experiences. Supported playgroup leaders are guided by what the group wants you may like to be part of the setting up, read a story or bring in an item of interest to share. Playgroups are a time for sharing play ideas or time to spend with the child in a neutral non-judgemental setting. Playgroups models can vary by being more structured with a routine or are flexible in their time depending on who is attending and what the groups would like.  Supported playgroups in Wellington Shire are listed below, we hope you may like to join of these groups or contact UCG to suggest a playgroup you may like to see in the area, UCG is always open to new ideas that they may be able to support.

Playgroups in Wellington

Gunai/Kurnai Playgroup:

This playgroup is for all indigenous children living in the Wellington Shire aged between 0-5 years old. The playgroup is run by Ramahyuck, in   association with Uniting Care     Gippsland. Playgroup runs fortnightly on Mondays between 9.30-12.30pm. Lunch is provided and transport can be organized.  New venue location to be confirmed call Cindy to confirm location. If you would like to join please call Cindy Walker at Ramahyuck, on 51431644.

PlayConnect Playgroup:

Play Connect is a playgroup for children aged 0-6 with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD – like symptoms and their siblings and families welcomed. Children do not need a diagnosis to attend. Playgroup runs on Tuesday’s in School Term. Cost: Free – Playgroup Vic registration required, free weekly sessions. Bring a piece of fruit to share.  Time: 10:00-12.00 am Venue: Uniting Care Church Hall Maffra. Corner of Church and Pearson street, Maffra (enter via side children’s gate). If interested please contact Claire at Maffra Community House on (03) 5147 1487, or Uniting Care Gippsland 51447777.

My Time Playgroup: My Time groups are for parents and carers for a child 0– 17 with a disability, developmental delay and chronic medical condition. MyTime is a FREE service for parents/carers eligible for carer allowance. MyTime is a place where you can socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of caring for a child with additional needs in a relaxed setting. Play helpers keep your children busy and active. Siblings are also welcome. When: Sale MyTime Group meets most Fridays during the school term. Time: 10.00am-12.00pm Venue: St. Columba’s Kindergarten Raymond Street, Sale. Contact: Lowana at UnitingCare Gippsland 51 44 7777

Pippies Community Playgroup:

For parents and children between the ages of 0-5 years. This rural playgroup helps provide a sense of community and networks within a friendly and welcoming environment. Playgroup runs twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.15am. Location is at the Seaspray Primary School 15 Seaspray Road Seaspray. Cost gold coin donation; please bring a piece of fruit to share. Contact Tara on 51464393 or UCG on 51447777.

If you would like further information about local playgroups please contact 51 44 7777 or contact Playgroups Victoria at


Briagolong Playgroup:

Briagolong Playgroup is a parent lead playgroup.  It runs on Tuesday’s 10-1130am during school terms.  The venue is the Mechanics Institute Hall – Entry via the Community House entrance, 9-11 Avon Street Briagolong.
All children age 0-6 years and families are welcome to attend.  It costs $5 per family to attend.  Playgroup Victoria registration recommended.
Please bring a piece of fruit to share.  Come along and have a fun time with your child and other community members.  If you would like to have more information about this playgroup please contact Janene at Briagolong Community House on (03) 5145 5425, email or Melati at UnitingCare Gippsland on (03) 5144 7777



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