Playgroups are informal groups where parents, carers, babies and children up to school age come together in a relaxed and friendly environment play, connect and learn.

Play provides opportunities to learn, discover, create, improvise, build confidence, express feelings. SDN’s playgroups are supported playgroups. This means the playgroups are organised and run by trained staff who understand children’s development and play-based learning.

Parents and carers stay at playgroup the whole time with their child. This is because playing is one of the most important things a parent or carer can do with their child. 

SDN's playgroups
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SDN Playlinks is a weekly supported playgroup for families in Western Sydney.

SDN Playlinks provides a safe environment where children and parents can participate in play and learning activities run by trained staff who understand children's development and the importance of play-based learning. SDN Play links has two components: supported playgroups and in-home support.

We can help:

  • children aged 0-5 and their parents
  • children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, refugees, families living in vulnerable circumstances and Aboriginal families
  • families who would like to help their children learn to communicate, move and play
  • families who would like someone to talk to about getting help for their children.

We can help you to:

  • spend quality time with your children
  • understand how children learn and develop, and what to expect at different ages and stages of development
  • connect and socialise with other families
  • support your child's communication through play-based activities
  • understand your child's behaviour and help them to interact with others
  • connect with other services and activities for children and families in your community.

In-home support

In-home support is an optional component of Playlinks  for eligible families. Horne visits are done during school holidays when playgroups are not run. We help parents to set goals and to measure outcomes. 


Bookings are essential. To book or make a referral, please email or call Mandy on 0429 871 696. 

SDN PlayLinks is a free program and is funded by the NSW Department of Education and Communities through a Families NSW initiative.

SDN Playlinks supported playgroups are held at the following times in school terms:

Constitution Hill

Mondays 10.00am-12.00pm

Karabi Community and Development Services, 1 Lurgan Street, Constitution Hill


Tuesdays 10.00am-12.00pm

Meeting Room, Granville Branch Library, 8 Carlton Street, Granville

Lalor Park

Wednesdays 10.00am-12.00pm

Lalor Park Community Centre, 1 Freemans Street, Lalor Park


Aboriginal Playgroup
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A playgroup in Glebe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

Our Aboriginal playgroup is run by trained Aboriginal staff who understand children’s development and how they learn through play.

In the group, children play with other children and with their parents or carers while giving the adults opportunities to share experiences with each other.

One of our focuses is on healthy eating, and we make sure every family attending playgroup gets a healthy lunch.

We also talk about health, and provide some helpful parenting tips. We often get visitors from our Aboriginal community and Aboriginal elders.

At SDN playgroups, families join in activities and, play alongside their child and experience being playful.

WHEN: Wednesdays 10:00am to 1:00pm 
WHERE: Glebe Schools Community Centre - in the grounds of Glebe Public School 9-25 Derwent St Glebe 2037

SDN receives funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to run this Aboriginal playgroup

School Yarning
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Together we can give our children the best possible start to school.

School Yarning provides support for Aboriginal children and families in inner Sydney as they make the transition to school.

We start with the view that it takes a family and community to ensure a child is ready from school and work from there.

When you first come to us we will talk to you about your family and child and the support they might need to get prepared for school. Our activities depend on the need of the family and community, but could include

  • Ensuring children and families get to know their new school and new schools get to know their families
  • Liaising between school and preschool or child care
  • Tips for healthy eating
  • Providing  strategies to help you ensure your child is prepared for the transition to school

Get started by coming to our Aboriginal playgroup in Glebe.

SDN receives funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to run this School Yarning.


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