Intensive Support Playgroups

Playgroup Victoria delivers the Intensive Support Playgroups program in the City of Dandenong in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong with funding from the Australian Government.

Families are referred to Intensive Support Playgroups, known as ISP or PlaySpot by families, by local service providers including community health, maternal and child health, refugee and women’s housing services.

The playgroups are unique to the City of Greater Dandenong as they are mobile using an activity-filled van to run Intensive Support Playgroups (ISP) in various hard to access venues. The Intensive Support Playgroups are run by a qualified early childhood worker, peer support workers and qualified family support workers during the school term.

The aim is to promote playgroup to people who might not know about it. At the playgroup session children are given  lots of open ended activities to choose from and play within the first  hour,  everyone than helps pack up, and  group time follows with songs and music to bring it to a close.

It's lots of fun with plenty of things for children to play with that can be copied at home and is an easy way to pick up brochures about local child care, kindergartens, maternal and child health services and family day care.

Intensive Support Playgroups (ISP) is funded to target:

  • Newly arrived refugees
  • Vulnerable and isolated families
  • Families experiencing financial disadvantage
  • CALD and Indigenous families
  • Families who are homeless or in transient housing
  • People experiencing
    • chronic child protection issues
    • disability
    • mental health issues

For more information

Contact Rachael on 0459 026 825 or email

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