Playgroups and neighbourhood houses

Join a playgroup

To find a playgroup in your area, visit the Playgroup Victoria website.

Start a playgroup

Interested in starting a playgroup? It’s easy – all you need is a couple of friends and a place to meet. For more information visit Start a Playgroup at Playgroup Victoria.

Take part in our Smalltalk Playgroup

Are you a parent or carer looking to support or enhance your child's learning and development? Smalltalk has been funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to improve the learning outcomes of children living in families that can benefit from additional support.

  • free 10 week playgroup for families with children aged from birth to five years
  • get tips to help your child's learning and development
  • meet other families with young children in your local area
  • fun activities
  • free in-home support sessions

Eligibility criteria for parents and carers

  • A family member in the household must hold a valid concession card, such as a Health Care Card, Carers Card or Pension Card (or visa equivalent for refugees and migrants),
  • Be a family in which a family member identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander,
  • Be a family looking after children in kinship care arrangements, or
  • Be a family referred from Child First, Child Protection or Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Services.

Operating hours during school terms

  • Monday 10am - 12pm at Central Park, 116 Burke Rd, Malvern East
  • Tuesday 10am -12pm at Grattan Gardens Community Centre, Grattan St, Prahran.

For more information call 8290 1333 or email our playgroup leader Claire McCorkell at

Neighbourhood houses

Neighbourhood houses provide a place for people to come together and connect with other residents. They provide a range of services and activities from playgroups to art classes and disability support. To find out more go to Neighbourhood Houses Victoria.

Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House

Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House is a not-for-profit community organisation offering a diverse range of activities and classes. It is a safe and welcoming environment that is accessible and affordable for all members of the community.

Bookings are essential for all courses at Phoenix Park. For more information, phone 9530 4397 or visit at 22 Rob Roy Road, Malvern East.

Prahran Community Learning Centre (PCLC)

PCLC is a welcoming, inclusive and safe place that offers pre-accredited Learn Local classes, health and wellbeing programs, occasional child care, as well as art and other special interest classes. PCLC supports people in need by distributing food parcels, other goods, and making referrals to other support services.

For more information, phone (Monday- Friday 9am-4pm) 9510 7052, email or visit their website.