Helping young children to learn is critical to success at school and beyond. Through our programs we encourage and support the crucial role parents play in giving their children the best start in life.
Playgroups at the Brotherhood are safe and stimulating environments for children, helping them to develop physically, mentally and socially. They also give parents a welcoming space to share advice and concerns and build their social connections.
Our staff who support each playgroup are fully qualified and our programs are underpinned by the Australian and Victorian Early Years Learning Frameworks.
COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP (03) 9426 1500Community Playgroup helps families from diverse cultural backgrounds, with children aged five years and under, to meet and develop connections in their local community of Fitzroy. Read more »
PARENTS LEARNING TOGETHER (03) 9426 1500The Parents Learning Together playgroup gives parents and children aged three to five years from diverse cultural backgrounds opportunities to enjoy early learning activities together.Read more » BABY BOOK CLUB (03) 9426 1500Parents and their children aged two years and under are welcome at this weekly playgroup that encourages a love of books and reading.Read more »
DADS 'N' KIDS PLAYGROUP (03) 9426 1500In this playgroup just for fathers – or uncles and grandfathers – and their children aged between one and seven years, dads take part in fun learning activities with their children and meet other dads.Read more »
Our programs focus on connecting parents with other parents and becoming involved in their child's education and school. We also assist parents to gain access to the services they need.
The Brotherhood’s Parenting Programs develop parents' knowledge, skills and confidence, to help them understand and manage their children's emotions.
BREAKFAST CLUB (03) 9543 1324The Breakfast Club welcomes children and parents for the most important meal of the day every weekday before school, laying the foundations for better concentration and participation in class.Read more »
HIPPY AUSTRALIA (03) 9445 2400Our two-year early-learning program works with families with young children in disadvantaged communities across Australia by helping parents to be their children's first teacher.Read more »
PARENT SCHOOL CONNECT(03) 9543 1324Parent School Connect involves parents from diverse cultural backgrounds in their children’s learning at school, and encourages shared responsibility for education among parents and teachers.Read more »
TUNING INTO KIDS & TEENS PARENTING PROGRAM(03) 9543 1324In this program parents learn new ways to parent, in particular how to recognise, understand and respond to their children’s emotions.Read more »
» Visit our Refugee, Immigration and Multiculturalism section for programs assisting refugee, asylum seeker and newly arrived children and families.
We are committed, through our integrated service centres, to helping local communities dealing with poverty and disadvantage to succeed and prosper. In particular we are focused on strengthening areas on the outskirts of Melbourne and country towns where the lack of jobs and services holds back individuals, families and communities.
View our list of Services and community hubs »
View our Child and Youth Safe Organisation Policy (PDF, 145KB)
View our 'Early Years' position paper (PDF, 5MB)
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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.
Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.