Playgroups for Refugees and Migrants In Brisbane
Research shows that bringing migrant and refugee children and their families together for culturally appropriate, fun and safe playgroups can significantly improve a child’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as help them to transition into school with more confidence. Save the Children have been providing supported playgroups for children and women from migrant and refugee backgrounds since 2007.
It Takes A Village Program
The Save the Children foundation runs weekly sessions for children under five years to help them learn to play, socialise and establish a routine in their lives. The sessions consider culture and language and make sure all children and parents feel welcome. Bilingual early childhood educators offer parents advice, referrals to community services and connect them with other families. Snacks are provided at the playgroups to promote healthy eating habits.
Local Brisbane Playgroups
These playgroups are specifically for migrant and refugee families. If you are looking for a more general playgroup, just get in touch with Playgroup QLD.
> ITAV Play2Learn Playgroups. Open to migrant and refugee families who have lived in Australia for 5 years or less.
Acacia Ridge | Fridays, 1.00pm-2.30pm | The Hub @ Acacia Ridge State School, Nyngam Street, Acacia Ridge QLD | Contact Ph: 0438 190 509. [Note: On the first Friday and the last Friday of each school term, playgroup will be held at Mortimer Road Park, Acacia Ridge QLD. This playgroup will also be held at Mortimer Road Park during the school holidays.]
Inala | Wednesdays, 9.30am-11.30am | Hub Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Poinsettia Street, Inala QLD | Contact Ph: 0438 190 509.
Zillmere | Thursdays, 9.30am-11.30am | Early Years Place @ Zillmere State School (enter back of school on Merrett Ave, Zillmere QLD) | Contact Ph: 0438 190 509.
Other supporting programs
Save the Children organise a number of other complimentary programs to further support migrant and refugee families. These include
- Community Toy Libraries
- An African reading club
- Practical skill workshops that might include sewing, life skills and English lessons for mothers and older siblings.
You can find out more about Save the Children and the wonderful supports they offer here.