Playgroups are important for bubs and parents!

They provide an informal way to meet and socialise for both child and adults. They also provide an opportunity to learn more about your community and services available to support you in your parenting.

Parenting is an important job! Many families in the Mountains may not have family around them to provide that additional support or respite. Creating your own supports within your community can support you and support bub.

Different types of Playgroups – find what suits you and your child 

Playgroups for specific communities for example Aboriginal parents, Rainbow parents, first time parents, dads, grandparent carers, young parents, or parents of children with additional needs. Sometimes it is helpful being with “like” community for support that specific to your experience. 

Blue Mountains Specialty Playgroups

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Time and date Venue Specialty Provider Description and contact details

Mondays – First Monday of the month

10-11.30am

Heatherbrae, 1 Benang St, Lawson

Kinship Carers

Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Contact Imelda on 4751 3033

Wednesdays

 9.30-11.30am – during school terms

Blue Mountains Steiner School, Hazelbrook 2 - 4 years Wattleglow

4758 6044

https://wattleglow.com.au/education/playgroup

An educator - designed playgroup for children 2-4 years. Creative play, nature play and exploratory play.

Wednesdays

10am-12pm – during school terms

Heatherbrae, 1 Benang St, Lawson First Time Parents/carers with baby up to 12 months of age Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS)

Contact Liz on 0422 733 224 or email: hub@mocs.org.au

www.mocs.org.au

Limited spaces so booking essential.

Wednesdays

10am-12pm – during school terms

Bungarrabee Centre, 48-50 Oaklands Rd, Hazelbrook Developmental Delay Support Group Connect Child & Family Service

Contact Deb Emelhain on 0491 228 258

www.mytime.net.au

Support Group for parents and carers of children 0-18 with a developmental delay, disability or chronic illness. Children welcome.

Wednesdays

10-10.30am – during school terms

Katoomba Library Babytime Blue Mountains Libraries

4780 5750

Kids at the Library

Join library staff with your baby for songs, rhymes, and simple stories. Suitable for 0-2 year olds.

Wednesdays

11-11.45am – during school terms

Katoomba Library Storytime Blue Mountains Libraries

4780 5750

Kids at the Library

Suitable for 2-5 year olds; join library staff as we read picture books, sing songs and complete a craft.

Wednesdays

1-3pm

Blue Mountains Steiner School, Hazelbrook 0-2 years Glow Babies 0-2 years

4758 6044

https://wattleglow.com.au/education/playgroup

A nurturing, supportive and informative space for newborns, young toddlers and their parents. Facilitated by a Steiner Early Childhood Educator.

Thursdays

10-10.30am – during school terms

Springwood Hub Meeting Room 1 Babytime Blue Mountains Libraries

4723 5040

Kids at the Library

Join library staff with your baby for songs, rhymes, and simple stories. Suitable for 0-2 year olds.

Thursdays

11-11.45 – during school terms

Springwood Hub Meeting Room 1 Storytime Blue Mountains Libraries

4723 5040

Kids at the Library

Suitable for 2-5 year olds; join library staff as we read picture books, sing songs and complete a craft.

Fridays – during school terms

10-10.30am

Glenbrook Uniting Church Hall, 7 Green Street, Glenbrook (temporary location whilst Blaxland Library is closed for repairs) Babytime Blue Mountains Libraries

4780 5040

Kids at the Library 

Join library staff with your baby for songs, rhymes, and simple stories. Suitable for 0-2 year olds.

Fridays – during school terms

10am-12pm

Bungarrabee Centre, 48-50 Oaklands Rd, Hazelbrook Young parents Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS)

Contact Tanya to book and for more information on 0432 143 452 or email: parenting.young@mocs.org.au

Supported Playgroup, Parenting Young, for parents up to age 24 and their children 0-5 years.

Fridays – during school terms

11 – 11.45am

Glenbrook Uniting Church Hall, 7 Green Street, Glenbrook (temporary location whilst Blaxland Library is closed for repairs) Storytime Blue Mountains Libraries

4780 5040

Kids at the Library

Suitable for 2-5 year olds; join library staff as we read picture books, sing songs and complete a craft.

Saturdays

10am - 12pm

Heatherbrae 1 Benang Street, Lawson Dads & Kids Connect Child & Family Service

4759 1462

Meet with other dads and their kids in a relaxed, supportive setting with toys, books, music, craft, outdoor play & more! Play with your kids, chat with other dads, enjoy a cuppa!

Mondays fortnightly

10am - 12pm

Tanderra, 14 Raymond Road, Springwood Carers playgroup Thrive Family Support

4782 1555 or Springwood Neighbourhood Centre 4751 3033

Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles & other Family members caring for children 0-5 years.  Bring snacks 

First Monday of every month

10am - 11.30am

Heatherbrae, 1 Benang Street, Lawson Kinship carers Springwood Neighbourhood Centre

Contact Imelda 4751 3033 for more information

Supported playgroup for all. Grandparent carers and kinship carers particularly welcomed, also families with diverse caring roles.

Wednesdays fortnightly

10am - 12pm

Heatherbrae, 1 Benang Street, Lawson First-time parents/carers with baby up to 12 months of age  Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS)

Contact Liz on 0422 733 224 or email hub@mocs.org.au

Limited spaces so booking essential

Supported playgroups across the Mountains:

Supported playgroups are playgroups run by a paid facilitator with a background in family support or early childhood development. Supported playgroups focus on supporting the development and wellbeing of both parents and children.

Time and date Venue Provider Description and contact details

Mondays

9.30-11am – during school terms

Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, New St, Lawson Belong Blue Mountains

Danielle 47592 592 or Email: dwildingforbes@belongbm.org.au

https://www.belongbm.org.au

Parents and carers join us for stories, play, chat, craft & a catch up

Tuesdays

9-11am

Wilson Park, Falls Rd, Wentworth Falls Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS)

Contact Liz: Mobile 0422 733 224 or email: hub@mocs.org.au

www.mocs.org.au

Wednesdays

9.30-11.30am – during school terms

Blue Mountains Steiner School, Hazelbrook Wattleglow

4758 6044

https://wattleglow.com.au/education/playgroup

An educator-designed playgroup for children 2-4 years. Creative play, nature play and exploratory play.

Wednesdays – during school terms

10am-12pm

Scout Hall, 70 Railway Parade, Hazelbrook Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS)

Contact Liz: Mobile 0422 733 224 or email: hub@mocs.org.au

www.mocs.org.au

Wednesdays

1-3pm – during school terms

Blue Mountains Steiner School, Hazelbrook Glow Babies

4758 6044

https://wattleglow.com.au/education/playgroup

A nurturing, supportive and informative space for newborns, young toddlers and their parents. Facilitated by a Steiner Early Childhood Educator. For 0-2 years.

Thursdays – during school terms

10am-12pm

Katoomba Guides Hall 17 Station Street Katoomba Belong Blue Mountains

Danielle 4759 2592 or email: dwildingforbes@belongbm.org.au

https://www.belongbm.org.au

Parents and carers join us for stories, play, chat, craft & a catch up

Thursdays – during school terms

9.30-11.30am

Buttenshaw Park, Great Western Highway, Springwood Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS)

Contact Liz: Mobile 0422 733 224 or email: hub@mocs.org.au

www.mocs.org.au

Tuesdays

9.30-11.30am

Bungarabe Centre 48-50 Oaklands Road, Hazelbrook Connect Child & Family Service

Deb Emelhain 0491 228 258 or email: connect@connectcfs.org.au

https://www.connectcfs.org.au/Services/CBFS/cbfs.html

Connecting children of all abilities to early education. Play, Music, Story time, Fun activities and connection to other children, parents qualified and experienced staff, referral to therapies and to early Education services. Siblings welcome. Transport can be provided. Free 10 week program.

Fridays – during school terms

9.30-11.30am

Blue Mountains Steiner School, Hazelbrook Wattleglow

4758 6044

https://wattleglow.com.au/education/playgroup

An educator-designed playgroup that connects parents and nurtures three essential pathways in children 2-4 years. Creative play, nature play and exploratory play.

Tuesday Warimoo Public School Parent-led P&C members

4753 6182

Transition to school

  Wentworth Falls Public School Connect Child & Family Services Transition to school

Informal playgroups across the Mountains

Informal playgroups are parent led playgroups maybe associated with Churches, villages, or parents with bubs born around the same time. Some may be open to new members. Informal playgroups are encouraged to connect with Playgroup NSW to access resources, support and information including access to Public Liability insurance. To give families with young children and babies an extra incentive to start going to playgroup, Playgroup NSW is offering FREE five year membership to all families with children up to five years. You can also contact Karen Van Woudenberg at Thrive Family Support (Ph: 4782 1555) for tips and information to support your group. Your local school may be able to advise regarding the Transition to School groups linked to their school. Amanda from Connect Child & Family Services can help with information Ph: 4758 9966

Time and date Venue Provider Description and contact details

Mondays -  during school term

10 - 12pm

Leura Uniting Church Corner Grose & Megalong Sts, Leura         Leura Uniting Church      

Denise Cameron ph:4782 6556

Children between 0-5 years. Parents, carers , grandparents warmly welcome. Indoor and outdoor - encouraging interesting play stories and activities. Please bring your morning tea snack. Tea & coffee available $3.00 donation. 
 

Tuesdays

9.30-11.30am    

Anglican Church, Wascoe Street, Glenbrook Lower Mountains Anglican Parish

Siena on 4739 1316

Meet other local mums, as your children engage in games, stories & other activities. Free coffee, Bring fruit and snacks. Gold coin donation.

Tuesdays

10-11.30am

Winmalee Presbterian Church, 481 Hawkesbury Rd, Winmalee Winmalee Presbterian Church

4754 4171

https://www.facebook.com/groups/203302603147859

Music activities and playtime for children, including those with special needs, from birth to five years of age. Make new friends and establish a supportive network for parents, grandparents, and carers.

Wednesdays

9.15-11.30am

St Finbars Parish Hall, Levy Street, Glenbrook St Finbars Catholic Church 4742 6958

Thursdays

9.30-11.30am

Blaxland Church of Christ, 31 Layton St, Blaxland Blaxland Church of Christ Deb Cox 4753 7782

Thursdays – during school terms

9.30-11.30am

Wentworth Falls Anglican Church, 17 Armstrong Steet - enter via playground Wentworth Falls Anglican Church

playtime@holytrinityanglican.org.au

https://holytrinityanglican.org.au/activities/playtime

Come and enjoy a cup of tea while the kids enjoy games, craft, singing, storytime and free-play.

Fridays

9.30am-12.30pm

Heatherbrae, 1 Benang Street, Lawson Connect Child & Family Service

4758 9966

https://www.connectcfs.org.au/

Informal play and chat for children, babies and their parents and carers, for play dough, painting, free play, stories, music, Toy Library borrowing.

   

Blue Mountains Transition to School Playgroups

Some playgroups are located on school grounds. This is particularly helpful for parents with children already at school. It is also helpful for parent and child to develop a familiarity with the school environment – supporting their child’s transition to school when the time comes.

Time and date Venue Provider Description and contact details

Mondays – during school terms

9-11am

Blackhealth Public School Thrive Family Support

4782 1555

https://thriveservices.org.au/

Bring your own Morning Tea. Coffee & Tea provided.

Mondays Katoomba North Public School Connect Child & Family Service

4758 9966

https://www.connectcfs.org.au/

 

Tuesdays Katoomba North Public School Connect Child & Family Service

4758 9966

https://www.connectcfs.org.au/

 

Tuesdays Bungarabe Centre 48-50 Oaklands Road, Hazelbrook Connect Child & Family Service

4758 9966

https://www.connectcfs.org.au/

Connecting children of all abilities to early education. Play, music, story time, fun activities and connection to other children, parents qualified and experienced staff, referral to therapies and to early education services. Siblings welcome.

Thursdays Blaxland East Public School Gateway Family Support

4720 6500

https://www.gatewayfamilyservices.org.au/

 

Thursdays – during school terms

9.30am

Katoomba Public School Connect Child & Family Service

4758 9966

https://www.connectcfs.org.au/

 

Days unknown – during school terms

9.30am - 11.30am

Kindle Hill School, Wentworth Falls Kindle Hill Playgroup

playgroup@kindlehill.nsw.edu.au

https://kindlehill.nsw.edu.au/early-childhood-program/little-kindlings-playgroup/