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Playgroup at Barkly Square with the Ballarat Toy Library

Playgroup is proposed to start again on Tuesday 1 February 2022 (depending on COVID-19 restrictions)

The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House is partnering with the Ballarat Toy Library to run a casual, drop-in Playgroup for families and carers with babies and pre-school aged children.

Playgroup is held on Tuesday mornings during school term between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon at Barkly Square, Ballarat East

Please note that, in the interest of providing a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, participants and the Barkly Square community in the current COVID-19 situation, we are currently considering when to start Playgroup in Term 1, 2022. We will be contacting registered families to gather feedback about what best suits those families involved.

If you would like to register your interest in Playgroup or find out more, please contact us.

Find us near the wonderful A Pot of Courage cafe on the ground floor. In nice weather, we will be in the central courtyard.

BENH Playgroup November 2021 Parents and children at Orange Chairs crop

Playgroup is held at Barkly Square, Ballarat East:

When: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon Tuesdays during school term

Where: In the Barkly Square Courtyard (entrance via the internal door opposite A Pot of Courage Cafe). When it is raining, we are able to use the adjacent indoor space, with the large orange chairs near the community table and the wonderful A Pot of Courage cafe, downstairs from the Ballarat Toy Library. 

Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat East.

Who: Parents/carers and their babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children.

Ballarat Foundation LogoCost: Free of charge. This activity is supported through a grant from the Ballarat Foundation.

Food/Drink: A Pot of Courage Cafe will be open for take away coffee and cake. Please bring food and drinks for your child/ren.

Vaccination requirements: It is a requirement of entry to the Barkly Square building that all people aged 12 and over are double vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical exemption. The building is managed by BGT Jobs & Training on behalf of the Victorian Department of Education.

Playgroup Victoria

The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House Playgroup is a member of Playgroup Victoria. Family Memberships to Playgroup Victoria are free of charge and include access to a range of great online resources.

Purpose: The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House facilitates this weekly Playgroup for local parents/carers, who are often socially isolated, and their babies/toddlers/pre-schoolers. The aim is to help connect participants with others in the local community to advance the mental health of both adults and children.The Playgroup is run in an enclosed outdoor space in nice weather with an adjacent indoor space available if required. During lockdowns, Playgroup was run online to keep the group connected and introduce new participants. There is also a closed Facebook Group for registered participants.

Image Credit: Photo by Alexander Dummer on Unsplash