Helping Australian children learn and grow

Save the Children run Playschemes in 100 locations around Australia to provide early learning opportunities for children in remote and disadvantaged communities.

Playschemes are the largest of our Early Childhood Care and Development programs in Australia and have been running for more than 30 years. They provide children with opportunities to learn, grow and develop through safe and supported play.

Why early childhood learning is important

A child's development between birth and the age of five is critical to their health, learning and success later in life. Play is crucial - it provides the basis for cognitive, physical, social and emotional learning and development. Unfortunately, many socially and economically disadvantaged families in Australia aren't able to provide their children with opportunities for play-based learning.

Save the Children's Playscheme program

Play 2 Learn

Play2Learn Adelaide Metro Schedule

Please contact 08 8426 8507 if you need more information.

Monday

9:30am to 11:30am
Salisbury Primary School
10 Compunda Street, Salisbury

1:30pm to 3pm Term 2 only
Elizabeth Grove Children's Centre 6 months to 18 months
20 Haynes Street, Elizabeth Grove

Tuesday

9:30am to 11:30am
Royal Park
50 Tapleys Hill Road,
Royal Park

1:30pm to 3pm
Gawler Children's Centre Bubs and Me 0 to 12 months
23 Barnet Road, Evanston

Wednesday

9:30am to 11:30am
Evanston Gardens Community Centre
71 Angle Vale Road, Evanston Gardens

Thursday

10:00am to 12noon
John Hartley Children's Centre
199 Peachy Road, Simthfield Plains

Alternative Thursdays commencing 4th May 2017 

10:00am to 12noon
Family by Family Office - Fields Community Shopping Centre
130 Peachy Road, Davoren Park

Alternative Thursdays commencing 11th May 2017 

Friday

9:30am to 11:30am
Salisbury West Library
Hollywood Boulevard, Salisbury Downs

 

Port Lincoln Schedule

Please contact 08 8682 4064 if you need more information.

Wednesday

9.30am to 11:30am
Free
Play2learn
Pt Lincoln Primary School

Adelaide Place, Pt Lincoln
Healthy Snacks Provided

Thursday

9.30am to 12noon
18th of May - 22nd of June
Circle of Security
Parenting Program

Lutheran Church, Flinders Highway, Pt. Lincoln
Free Crèche and Morning Tea provided

Friday

1.00pm to 2:30pm
Free
Play2learn
Park Terrace Kindly

5 Park Terrace, Pt Lincoln
Healthy Snacks Provided

Locations for Ceduna/Koonibba/Yalata

Please contact 08 8625 3550 if you need more information.

Monday

 

1pm to 3pm
Koonibba
0-5 year olds
Koonibba CPC
Light Lunch Provided

Tuesday

11am to 1pm
Yalata
Mother and Babies Clinic
Light Lunch Provided

3pm to 4.30pm
Koonibba
P2L and Homework Club
0-8 year olds

Parental Supervision Required
Koonibba RSA Building
Healthy Snacks Provided

Wednesday

9.30am to 11.30am
Nunga
For Aboriginal Children & Families
Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre
Healthy Snacks Provided

12.30pm to 2.30pm
Minya Bubs
Supported Parent Group
Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre
For young Aboriginal parents (under 22 yo) Co-facilitated by Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre

Friday

10am to 12pm
Universal
Crossways Lutheran School
All welcome
Healthy Snacks Provided

Playschemes provide regular early learning activities and parenting support for vulnerable families and children under the six years old. Run by trained Early Childhood staff, the free playgroups help young children learn to play, socialise, establish routine and prepare for school.

In some communities we run Intensive Supported Playschemes, which may include home visits and additional support. During the weekly sessions, Family Support Workers also provide parents with advice and links to community services and other families in a non-threatening environment.

Each session is carefully designed to ensure its relevance and appropriateness for children from a range of backgrounds, such as culturally and linguistically diverse, newly arrived and refugee families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Where we run our Playschemes

We have Playschemes in major cities, rural and remote communities in approximately 100 locations across Australia. This includes remote Aboriginal communities such as Mornington Island and Doomadgee in Northern Queensland, Kununurra in Western Australia, Wilcannia in New South Wales, the Far West Coast of South Australia and Wadeye in the Northern Territory.

How we know our Playschemes help children develop

Based on national and international best practices for early childhood learning, our Playscheme program supports thousands of vulnerable children and their families each year. In the last two years alone, the program has grown to assist children and families in an additional 20 locations across Australia. In 2013 alone, more than 4,000 children attended our Playschemes.

Who makes our Playschemes possible

We are grateful to the Australian Government, Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Corrections, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, the Telethon Foundation and to generous Australians who fund our Playschemes.

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