Community Playgroup

At Community Playgroup families with young children from culturally diverse backgrounds meet and make connections in the local community of Fitzroy. 

Young boy plays with a toy truck in playgroup.

The Community Playgroup is a safe and stimulating environment for children and parents to learn together in a purpose-built playgroup room and outdoor playground.  

The program and its learning activities are facilitated by qualified early childhood staff and volunteers, who also arrange excursions such as library visits. 

They can also arrange for parents to see maternal and child-health nurses and other early years professionals for advice, and arrange referrals to other parenting services and settlement services for families who recently arrived in Australia.

When and where

Community Playgroup runs on Thursdays from 10am to 12 midday during school terms at the Connie Benn Centre, 160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Who is eligible

Families are eligible for Community Playgroup if they:

  • are residents of Atherton Gardens Housing Estate or the surrounding Fitzroy neighbourhood
  • have children aged five years and under.


We acknowledge the following partners for their valuable contributions to Community Playgroup:

City of Yarra

Daughters of Charity

Contact us

Community Playgroup
Connie Benn Centre
160 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

Playgroup contact:
Phone: (03) 9426 1500
Email: conniebenncentrereception(at)

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