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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Playlinks is for families in Western Sydney who are worried about how their child is developing.

At a PlayLinks you and your child can make new friends, play, sing and have morning tea together, practise new skills and share ideas and information.

Playlinks is a free playgroup for families in Western Sydney who have children aged 0-5 and:

  • Are worried about their child’s development
  • Would like to know how to help their child to communicate, move, learn and play
  • Would like someone to talk to about getting help for their child?

We can help you find out more about:

  • Supporting your child’s communication
  • Managing your child’s behaviour and helping them interact with others
  • How children develop and what to expect at different stages
  • Where to go for services and activities for children and families

Who can join?

PlayLinks is available to children aged between birth and five years old, who live in the Parramatta or Blacktown Local Government Areas. The program is free, as it’s funded by the NSW Department of Education and Communities through a Families NSW initiative.

Who supports you and your child?

PlayLinks gives you access to a range of professionals including educators, social workers, speech therapists and occupational therapists. You are supported in a personalised way through one keyworker who will listen to you and help you achieve what’s important for your child and family.

Where and when?

The playgroups are held between 10.00am and 12.00pm at three locations: Granville, Telopea and Lalor Park.


Bookings are essential. To find out more or book call us on 02 9682 9100 email 

SDN PlayLinks is free to families.

SDN receives funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to run PlayLinks

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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