PlayConnect Playgroups

PlayConnect is an early intervention initiative, children do not require a formal diagnosis or referral to come and enjoy all that PlayConnect has to offer. PlayConnect is a supported playgroup for the whole family and siblings and caregivers are also welcome and included at PlayConnect.

The PlayConnect program provides play opportunities that are flexible and suited to the interests, strengths and needs of the children attending each group. PlayConnect playgroups are generally smaller and designed to help children practice and learn new skills in a friendly environment, while supporting parents and caregivers.

At a PlayConnect Playgroup you will find:

  • Structured routines
  • Smaller group sizes
  • Visual aids
  • Modelling of physical play and social activities
  • Positive encouragement
  • A range of activities designed around the interests and needs of each individual family
  • Opportunities to meet with child development service workers, autism experts and specialists
  • Information about the variety of services and opportunities available within the local community and for children with an ASD

PlayConnect playgroups are supported through Department of Social Services funding.

PlayConnect Playgroups are FREE to attend.

Attending a PlayConnect playgroup is a great way for families to create a support network.

PlayConnect Playgroups in South Australia

PlayConnect Mount Gambier

Mondays from 10am to 11.30am
(School Term Only)
Inclusive Directions
Melaleuca School, Hub Building, Boandik Terrace, Mt Gambier


Alicia from Playgroup SA
1800 171 882

Nicky, PlayConnect Development Worker
0409 448 691

PlayConnect Renown Park

Fridays from 10.00am to 11.30am
(School Term Only)
Renown Park Children's Centre
11-17 Napier Street, Renown Park


Alicia from Playgroup SA
1800 171 882

Tracy, PlayConnect Development Worker
0407 197 415

PlayConnect Whyalla

Tuesday from 10.00am to 11.30am
(School Term Only)
HOPE Community Hub
157 Nicolson Ave, Whyalla


Alicia from Playgroup SA
1800 171 882

Fiona, PlayConnect Development Worker
0412 652 794

For more information

Visit the Australian Government's website to find out more about the Helping Children with Autism package