Your Membership

Elwood Community Playgroup is run by a group of volunteers known as the committee. The committee (who are all members) do many things. Above all they strive to provide a safe, fun environment where your child can safely explore, develop and make new friends.

It’s great for parents too. It gives you the opportunity meet other local mums and dads all going through similar experiences with small children.

Our playgroup is open to all residents living in Elwood with children aged 0-5 years. Come and try a free playgroup session.

Your Membership Includes:

  • Use of our centre during your two hour playgroup session once a week, every week for a calendar year – January to December.
  • Membership to Playgroup Victoria (paid separately). This includes the insurance that covers child and carer of the child at playgroup. Carer can be mum, dad, partner, grandparents, nanny, aunt, uncle, au pair.
  • Additional younger siblings.
  • Access to our events.

Flexibility

Once a member you can change groups or be an active member of more than one group. So if you have two young children of different ages, you can join two playgroup sessions so your children can make their own friends with similarly aged children.

A Few Rules

Many members really enjoy their playgroup sessions, just as much as their children. As a member we expect you to help when you can and abide by some simple rules so everyone can continue enjoying Elwood playgroup. As a member we expect you to:

  • Be responsible for your children at all times – we are not a child care centre.
  • “Sign-in” to our attendance registry at each playgroup session and every time you enter our centre, so that you are covered by the insurance.
  • Be familiar with our policies and procedures – in case anything goes wrong, you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Report any maintenance issues – so that we can either repair or replace damaged equipment and toys.
  • Volunteer – You are required to volunteer at least two hours of your time at our events or working bee each year. Or you can be more involved by joining our committee. In addition we need members to volunteer be a Group Rep, Fire Warden or Fire Warden Assistant. We are all busy mums, so we try to make all our voluntary roles, easy, fun and very social.
  • No Nuts – or nut related food into our centre. We are a nut free centre.
  • Pay your membership – within three weeks of joining and pay your renewal fee on time (otherwise you will not be covered by insurance).
  • Welcome new members – new members may join your group during the year. Please make them feel welcome and show them around.
  • Clean up –  after each playgroup session so that the next playgroup can enjoy the facilities.

Our rules are pretty simple and we hope you enjoy our Elwood playgroup!