The Supported Playgroup aim is to create a safe, predictable, nurturing environment for the primary carer (mother; father; grandparents or foster carer) and their infant /child to interact, engage with other carers and their children and have fun in a non- judgemental setting. This opportunity of connection to other families assists with the concern of isolation, including those who are from Non-English-Speaking Backgrounds.        

The playgroup also aims to build a positive attachment between infant/child and their primary carer through shared activities that are mutually enjoyable, benefitting both parties.

There are three employees who facilitate the playgroup with extensive skills and qualifications including mothercraft, childcare, family therapy and case management. The facilitator’s model and mirror positive interactions between primary carers and their child, to assist in relationship building through play. Their intervention is informed by notably recognised trauma informed practice and evidence based attachment theory. Facilitators have a genuine delight of children and provide trust with participants by being reliable and consistent.  

Supported playgroup allows participants to become aware of other programs that SSFS provide as well as those in the wider community.

Supported playgroup compliments family casework, offering a ‘soft entry and exit’ for many families, as families can be supported for longer lengths of time, even when casework support has not yet started or finished.             

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