Playgroup is for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their parents or carers. Around 40,000 children from 25,000 families go to playgroup in all corners of Victoria at community venues such as maternal and child health centres, kindergartens, halls, community centres, primary schools and aged care facilities.
Playgroups are informal, low cost and run by the parents and carers in them.
Adults stay with their children at playgroup. This gives them the chance to meet other people going through similar experiences and ease the isolation that can come with caring for young children. Families can be gently introduced to community, health and support services while they are at playgroup.
(Taken from http://www.playgroup.org.au)