Playgroup Victoria is looking for outstanding playgroups and individuals at all levels who support children and families across the playgroup spectrum. In other words we are looking for playgroups and individuals who go above and beyond expectations.
Community Playgroup Award Categories
Community playgroups are developed locally and are usually held in community buildings. Anyone can attend these playgroups, but some community playgroups form to meet a specific need or philosophy. Community playgroups include all kinds of playgroups including culturally specific playgroups, grandparent’s playgroups and church playgroups. Multi-session playgroups may offer more than one model.
In best practice playgroups:
- Participants build friendships and social supports
- Children learn and develop through play
- Everyone takes responsibility and works together
- The playgroup provides a safe and supportive environment
- Adults exchange ideas and shared parenting experiences
Community Playgroup of the Year (1-4 sessions) Metro.
This award refers to community playgroups that have 4 or fewer sessions across the week. The playgroup must be located within Metropolitan Melbourne.
Community Playgroup of the Year (1-4 sessions) Regional/Rural
This award refers to community playgroups that have 4 or fewer sessions across the week. The playgroup may be located anywhere in Regional or Rural Victoria.
Community Playgroup of the Year (5+ sessions)
This award refers to community playgroups that have 5 or more sessions across the week. These playgroups can be located anywhere in Victoria.
Community Playgroup Leader of the Year
The Playgroup Leader of the Year can be anyone within your playgroup that has stepped up and taken a leading role. This may be people like your playgroup’s president, coordinator, session leader, treasurer or committee member.
Supported Playgroups Award Categories
Supported playgroups provide low intensity family support intervention and target vulnerable families who may benefit from additional parenting support. Supported playgroups have common goals to enhance children’s early learning and parental wellbeing and are effective platforms for engaging and working with vulnerable children and families who might not normally access a community playgroup. These playgroups are run by supported playgroup facilitators who generally have early years qualifications and experience and/or community and social work qualifications and experience.
Supported Playgroup of the Year
This award refers to any Supported Playgroup in Victoria that meets the above criteria.
Supported Playgroup Coordinator/Facilitator of the Year
This category is relevant to individual facilitators but may also refer to someone who manages a number of these supported playgroups and supported playgroup facilitators.
Categories for both Supported and Community Playgroups
Playgroup Agency of the Year
This award is for any agency who runs playgroups, either supported or community.
Playgroup of the Year
All nominees for the following categories are eligible to be Playgroup of the Year: Playgroup of the Year 1-4 sessions Metro, Playgroup of the Year 1-4 sessions Regional/Rural, Playgroup of the Year 5+ sessions and Supported Playgroup of the Year. To be considered for the most prestigious award of the year, tell us how your playgroup embraces diversity when you submit your nomination.
Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in playgroup
Hon. Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Children and Families, will select one playgroup that demonstrates Innovation and Excellence. Finalists from the following categories are eligible for this award: Supported Playgroup of the Year, Community Playgroup of the Year (1-4 sessions) Regional/Rural, Community Playgroup of the Year (1-4 sessions) Metro, Community Playgroup of the Year (5+ sessions)
The ‘Playgroup Champion’ is selected by Playgroup Victoria to recognise the efforts of an individual who champions playgroups in their work.
Winners of each category, winner of the Playgroup of the Year and recipient of the Minister’s Award will be announced at the 2017 Playgroup Awards night on 17 November 2017.