Supported playgroup funding

Funding to support the delivery and administration of supported playgroups.

Funding guidelines

The funding is based on service providers delivering a professional model of supported playgroups in accordance with the following guidelines:


Service providers are required to employ qualified and skilled supported playgroup facilitators.

The role of the facilitator is to deliver supported playgroups and in-home support using the evidence based Smalltalk.

Eighty per cent (80%) of the funding for Supported Playgroups is for the salary and salary-related costs (Long Service Leave/WorkCover/Sick Leave) of employing a qualified facilitator.

The balance of the funding (20%) is for administration and operation of the program.

Continuation of funding is based on service providers meeting the performance targets specified in the guidelines.


Supported playgroups are delivered in all local government areas by the following councils and/or community service organisations:

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Ararat Rural City Council
  • City of Ballarat
  • Banyule City Council
  • Bass Coast – Bass Coast Health
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Bayside City Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Boroondara
  • Brimbank City Council
  • Buloke Rural City Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Casey - City of Casey and Save the Children
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • Colac - Barwon Child, Youth and Family
  • Corangamite – Barwon Child, Youth and Family
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Darebin
  • East Gippsland - Orbost Regional Health and Save the Children
  • Frankston City Council
  • Gannawarra Rural City Council
  • City of Greater Geelong 
  • City of Glen Eira
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Golden Plains Shire
  • City of Hobsons Bay Council
  • Hepburn - Hepburn Health Service
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • City of Kingston
  • Knox City Council
  • Latrobe - Anglicare and Save the Children
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Manningham - Access Health and Community
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Melbourne City Council
  • City of Melton
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moira - Save the Children
  • City of Monash
  • City of Moonee Valley
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Moyne Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Nillumbik Council
  • North Grampians Shire Council
  • City of Port Phillip
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians - Horsham Rural City Council
  • Strathbogie Rural City Council
  • City of Stonnington
  • Surf Coast – Barwon Child, Youth and Family
  • Swan Hill - Mallee Family Care
  • Towong Shire Council
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • Warrnambool City Council
  • Wellington - Unitingcare
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
  • Whitehorse City Council
  • Whittlesea City Council
  • Wodonga Rural City Council
  • Wyndham City Council
  • Yarra City Council
  • Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council

About supported playgroups

There is a growing body of evidence that participation in a Supported Playgroup run by a skilled and qualified worker and with evidence based practice embedded, has a positive impact on children’s learning, social, and emotional.

For the majority of children, a loving home environment in the care of parents who are attuned to their needs and provide support, stimulation and encouragement sets them on a good developmental pathway.

However, many children living in families experiencing disadvantage do not have home environments that provide opportunities that promote learning and development. These children are also less likely to participate in early childhood education and care services.

Supported playgroups aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • disadvantaged children have improved learning, development and wellbeing outcomes through improved parent-child interaction in the early home learning environment
  • parents develop their parenting skills and confidence to support their children’s learning and development
  • families are supported to transition into other community supports such as community playgroups or to more intensive early childhood or specialist services.

Contact information

For more information on supported playgroups contact your local regional office.