Our History

Major Milestones for Playgroup Queensland

1973

Community Playgroups were founded in Far North Queensland.

1974

The original Playgroup Office opened in the Penny’s Building on Queen Street in the Brisbane City (donated rent free by a Playgroup family). This Office is operated by volunteers and committee members.

1975

Memberships hit a major milestone of 120 affiliated Playgroups or in contact with the association to get started as a community Playgroup.

Zones were established (7 metro and 13 country).

Zone coordinators were enlisted.

A $5000 grant was received from the Commonwealth Government to establish the Office.

1976

The first Playgroup Queensland State Conference was held. For the first time the coordinators committee and Playgroup members gathered with a unity to promote Playgroup and foster expansion of the association.

Playgroup Queensland started selling products to promote the organisation.

1977

The Art Union Fundraiser, then known as the State Wide raffle started netting $5000 profit.

Affiliation fees were set at $7.50 per Playgroup.
Playgroup Association of Queensland registers business name “Playgroup”.

1978

Part time Secretary appointed to operate State Office.

‘Playgroup Starter Boxes’ created to assist country Playgroups with financial assistance from Mt Isa.

1979

Playgroup Queensland organised and hosted the first National Playgroup Conference.

1983

Playgroup Queensland celebrates its 10 year Anniversary.

1984  

First part time bookkeeper was employed.

Office relocates within Milton to deal with the expanding team.

The first Playgroup photocopier was purchased and the hand cranked Gestner print press was retired.

1985

First Playgroup Video is produced.

Certification of Incorporation granted by the Office of Fair Trading.

1987

Memberships hit a new milestone of 987 Playgroups Affiliated with the Association.

1993

Playgroup Association celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

The Wiggles first tour Queensland with tickets costing $5.00.

1998

Playgroup Association celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Regional 1300 telephone service introduced.

2001

Playgroup Queensland is an official trading name.

Sing&Grow Music Therapy Program commences.

New Chief Executive Officer Mark Brooke employed.

Playgroup Queensland website developed.

2002

New corporate branding introduced.

Playgroup Charter Quality Assurance Framework completed.
Review of Board completed and new Corporate Governance Policy introduced.

Playgroup Australia website goes live.

2003

Member borrowing at Toy Libraries is commenced.

New Playgroup Resource Kit and Playgroup Activity Cards are introduced.

Playtimes’ online e-newsletter is introduced.

Charitable status granted to Playgroup Queensland.

2004

Playing for Keeps fundraising appeal launched in May to coincide with Playgroup Month.

Prime Minister announces tax deductible status for Playgroup Queensland for donations of $2 or more.

Minister for Children and Young People, Larry Anthony, announces an $11.6 million national funding package for Playgroup services.

Sing and Grow Program is funded to become a National Program.

2005

$200,000 fundraised to build a new State Office.

Playgroup affiliations rise to 1,320 sessions.

Playgroup State Conference opened up to all Playgroups including rural and remote groups for the first time.

National Review of Playgroup Associations undertaken by independent group on behalf of the Australia.

2006  

The National Supported Playgroups program was funded by the Australian Government.

Playgroup Queensland purchases and relocates to the Queensland Playgroup Centre – the achievement of a 30 year goal.

Playgroup launches for the first time ‘web site’ referrals for families seeking a playgroup referral.

Enoggera office purchased.

Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, Governor of Queensland and the Association’s Patron open the 2006 Playgroup Conference.

2007 

The Accessible Playgroup program was funded by the Queensland government and 2 dedicated Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander workers were employed to deliver services to ATSI communities.

Playgroup Resource Unit and the Redland Bayside Parenting Hub are opened.

In partnership with Parent Research Centre – 3 MyTime Groups are commenced.

Queensland Government grants the Association exemption from Stamp Duty.

Playgroup Queensland announced as Charitable Institution by Australia Tax Office.

Minister for Families and Communities the Hon. Mal Brough officially opens the Queensland Playgroup Centre.

Playgroup Queensland opens the first regional office in Cairns.

2008  

The PlayConnect Program funded as a Part of the Australian Government “Helping All Children With Autism” Package (FaHCSIA is the lead department and we are brokered to deliver the program by the Australian Playgroup Association).

Playgroup Queensland join forces with Playgroup NSW to jointly publish Totline – a combined parenting and Playgroup quarterly magazine.
Playgroup Children’s Foundation is formally established as the fundraising and development arm of the organisation with a Director employed.

Partnership with My Time program begins.

2009

Mr Phillip Marriott is appointed Chairperson of the Board – the first male to hold this position in the history of the Association.

The second Early Intervention through Playgroup Conference is held with over 150 delegates.

The Father’s Day Pram Stroll and Picnic is held at over 12 locations throughout Queensland.

Woorabinda Locational Supported Playgroup funded by the Australian Government.

Playgroup Centres open at Karalee and Labrador whilst new Resource Centres open in Townsville and Mt Isa.

Cairns Mobile Supported Playgroup concludes and a new project ‘Playgroup as Hubs’ continues in its place.

Have Fun Be Healthy Pilot begins.

2010

Playgroup Queensland win a Work Life Balance Award.

First Annual National Sing&Grow Training day held in Brisbane.

Sing&Grow integrated service delivery sites established in 3 sites across Australia.

Partnership with QLD Health to deliver Have Fun Be Healthy program.

Australian Government provides PaCE (Parental and Community Engagement).

Funding for Playgroup programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in 4 Ipswich schools.

Lockhart River Locational Supported Playgroup funded by the Australian Government.

2011

Extensive flooding and Cyclone Yasi affect Playgroup families across the state; FaHCSIA provides funding for two fully equipped vans and four workers, to provide play experiences in affected areas.

Playgroup Queensland is awarded a Healthy Workplace Grant.

Inaugural Playgroup Queensland showcase for early childhood and community sectors.
Sing&Grow becomes international – program launched in the United Kingdom.

Playgroup Queensland appointed as the provider for HIPPY Manoora (Cairns) – Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters.

‘Families and Children Together’ Early Intervention through Playgroups Conference attended by 100 delegates.

Cairns based Early Childhood Educator position funded through a partnership with Cairns Early Years Centre.

2012

Sing&Grow flexible service delivery extended to include community hub positions.
HIPPY Riverview continues to support 26 families with school readiness activities.

First roll out of the Have Fun Be Healthy project with 13 Playgroups.

2013

‘Able to Play’ was funded by the Australian Government as part of the better Start package.

Transition to Kindergarten Program funded by DET for 12 months, to utilise the Supported Playgroups, Community Playgroups and Community Connections to up skill families and Service Providers.