Community Playgroups

A free service for local families and their children

A play-based early learning program

A free service, providing access to early childhood education and intervention

Our Free Community Playgroups are back for School Term 1 2023

Our free Community Playgroups run throughout each school term. 

Our Term 1 2023 Playgroups are: 

  • Commencing 31 January, the weekly Baby Time Playgroup will run on Tuesdays, 10.30 am to 12.00 pm, in our Rigby House Community space at 17 Henry Street, Ashfield. This playgroup is for children from birth to 12 months, or until they are walking competently.
  • Commencing 2 February, the weekly Pathways Playgroup will run on Thursdays, 10.30 am to 12.00 pm, in our Rigby House Community space at 17 Henry Street, Ashfield. This playgroup is for children who are not currently attending formal early childhood education and care, such as long day care, preschool or family day care. If your eligible child has a younger sibling, they are also welcome to join. 
  • Commencing 4 February, the fortnightly Fathers’ and Male Carers’ Playgroup will run every second Saturday, 9.00 am to 11.00 am, in our Rigby House Community space at 17 Henry Street, Ashfield. This playgroup is for children from birth to school age and their fathers or male carers.
  • Commencing 6 February, the weekly Red Bug Playgroup will run on Mondays, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, at Ashfield Park, Parramatta Rd and Orpington Street (look for the big Red Bug van!) If it is raining, or the ground is too wet to use, the playgroup will be held in our Rigby House Community space at 17 Henry Street, Ashfield. Families who have registered for our playgroups will be notified of venue changes via email. This playgroup is for children from birth to school age. 

Download our Term 1 2023 Playgroup Calendar here.

Register for our playgroups

New parents and carers wishing to participate in one or more of our playgroup programs in 2023 will need to register here.

Entry point access to quality early childhood education and early intervention

Families and children attending our playgroups benefit from access to:

  1. A free play-based early learning program developed by a qualified early childhood Educator.
  2. Resources such as books, toys and creative materials.
  3. Access to professional advice and information regarding child learning, development, health and wellbeing
  4. Opportunities to connect with other children and families, and to learn about other services and resources in the community.

Playgroup Times
Red Bug Playgroup

Mondays 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Ashfield Park, near the playground, weather permitting. In wet weather the playgroup will be held at The Infants’ Home, 17 Henry Street, Ashfield.
This playgroup is kindly supported by Inner West Council.

Baby Time Playgroup

Tuesdays 10:30 am–12:00 pm
The Infants’ Home, 17 Henry Street, Ashfield.

Pathways Playgroup

Thursdays 10:30 am–12:00 pm
The Infants’ Home, 17 Henry Street, Ashfield.
This playgroup is kindly supported by the NSW Department of Education & Communities, under the Early Childhood Education and Care Grants Program.

Fathers' and Male Carers' Playgroup

Every second Saturday 9:00 am–11:00 am
The Infants’ Home, 17 Henry Street, Ashfield.
This playgroup is kindly supported Wests Ashfield Leagues Club.

Please note

Playgroups do not run during the school holidays or on public holidays.