Please make contact with a playgroup prior to turning up – some have waitlists or require you to bring something along on the day. There are several ‘drop-in’ playgroups locally which you do not need to make contact with prior and these are listed below. Most playgroups run only during term time. Please check with your individual playgroup if they continue during holidays.
Drop-in Playgroups – no booking required, just turn up on the day.
Where: Inside Civic Park, 220 Miller St, North Sydney
(behind Stanton Library, between McLaren & Ridge Streets)
When: Monday – Thursday
Contact: ph: (02) 9922 2299 https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/kids/playgroup https://www.facebook.com/NorthSydneyCommunityCentre
Description: “Provides creative play sessions for under 5s, spread across three light-filled rooms and a beautiful playground. Experienced play leaders set up a wide range of activities to suit the needs of children, with an emphasis on child-initiated play supervised by a parent or carer in a relaxed and friendly environment.”
Where: Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre16 -18 Fitzroy St Kirribilli
Description: “Children under the supervision of parents are welcome. We have a beautiful courtyard, as well as a toy shed and a turfed / covered fenced-in area for your children to utilize. This is a beautiful environment for children to safely play and socialize, while parents get to know one another. We ask that you make a donation of a gold coin to use this space.”
St Leonards Tafe Play Sessions
Where: 213 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards
When: (days vary, see the NSL Calendar, or check in at the Tafe)
Description: Age: under 5 years. “Play session for children and parents. Primary focus on enabling students to practice skills with children and their families, while offering an interesting program for children. Students are involved in the planning and organisation of each session, supervised by teachers who are early childhood professionals. New outdoor area developed in consultation with early childhood landscape designers.”
Local Playgroups (please enquire).
Playtime in the Bay
Where: St Augustines, 75 Shellcove Rd.Neutral Bay
Description: Playtime in the Bay are playgroups for children aged 0-5 years and their parents or carers. It’s a place for you and your child to have fun and play! It’s also a chance to get out of the house, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat with other parents and carers. Activities at Playtime include toys, craft, singing, Bible stories and morning tea. Our children’s and youth volunteers have working with children’s checks and our ministries comply with Sydney Anglican Dioceses policies and Safe Ministry standards.
Where: The Drill Hall, 1A Cross Street, Mosman
When MondaysTime: 10am-12pm. Contact: 9978 4161 – Children’s Services Office
Description: Mosman Council’s Connections Playgroup encourages social connections amongst parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years in the community. We particularly encourage new residents and parents to attend.
Where: Kendall Community Centre, Green Park, Warwick Ave, Cammeray
Contact: Ph: 02 9955 4244 email@example.com
Mosman Melrose Playgroup
Where: Memory Park, Mosman
When: Every Tuesday (9.30-11.30) and Friday (10-12)
Description: Most of our members are living away from their extended families and we’re very proud of the friendships we’ve made here, supporting our fellow Mums and watching our lovely little ones grow up in the Aussie sunshine…
Stay n Play Playgroup
Where: St Clements Church, Cnr Raglan & Canrobert Sts, Mosman,
Contact; 02 9968 1699 www.stclementsmosman.org.au
Description: “Play based program with activities, crafts, stories & music.”
Forsyth Park Playgroup
Where: Forsyth Park Community Centre, Montpelier St, Neutral Bay.
Contact: Phone: 0413 249 572 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: “For children 0-5 years and their carers to meet together regularly with other families. Please contact to enquire about vacancies:
Playtime by the Bridge
Where: Cnr Broughton & Bligh Streets, Kirribilli
Description: Playtime by the Bridge is a playgroup for children aged 0-5 years and their parents or carers. It’s a place for you and your child to have fun and play! It’s also a chance to get out of the house, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat with other parents and carers. Activities at Playtime include toys, craft, singing, Bible stories and morning tea. During Playtime, each child’s parent or carer’s supervision is required at all times. Playtime costs $5 per family. Our children’s and youth volunteers have working with children’s checks and our ministries comply with Sydney Anglican Dioceses policies and Safe Ministry standards.
Cameragal Montessori Under 3s Program
Where: Mosman Baptist Church, 18 Melrose Street, Mosman
When: One morning per week (Mon-Thurs)
Description: Specifically for children under 36 months. It is a neat, orderly and intimate space that focuses on the development of movement and the refinement of language. It lays the foundation for life, as the first three years of life are the most fundamental for children and their potential. A parent/carer must attend with the child. It is recommended for the parents to observe, so the child can independently work through the activities.
Where: Cottage Hall, St Thomas’ Anglican Church Cnr Church & McLaren Streets North Sydney
When: Fortnightly Fridays (see website for dates)
Contact: Ph: 8908 4800 or email email@example.com https://www.st-thomas.org.au/get-involved/children-youth/#toms
Description: “Tom’s Playtime is a fun and relaxed time for children who are not yet at school, and for their mums and carers. Each playtime includes Junior Jivers (sing, dance, move, story), a play for the children and morning tea for the adults.”
Meeting House Art, Craft & Music Playgroup
Where: 23a Stokes Street, Lane Cove North
Time: 9.30-11.00am and 11.00am-12.30pm
Contact: Ph: 9427 1841 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://meetinghouse.org.au/?page_id=266
Description: Ages 0-5 welcome. Run by a University qualified Early Childhood teacher.
Playgroups for Children with Special Needs:
Special Needs Playgroup
Where: Chatswood Assessment Centre 46 Hercules St, Chatswood
Times: 10.00am – 12.00
Contact: Jan Glover 9448 3182
Possibilities Mothers Group
Where: Meeting House 23a Stokes Street, Lane Cove North
When: Wednesday, Friday
Contact: (02) 9427 1841 Email: email@example.com http://www.meetinghouse.org.au/index.php/childrens-groups/
Description: “For mothers with new babies with special needs”.