Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Statement - 22 January 2021

The Queensland Government has updated restrictions and it is no longer a requirement that members wear masks at playgroup in the in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan.

Playgroup Queensland continues to require that all playgroups across Queensland operate under a COVID-Safe plan and comply with the relevant restrictions imposed in their region. We want to ensure that everyone attending playgroup remains safe and well. If you have any concerns, please reach out to us on 1800 171 882 or email info@playgroupqld.com.au.

Playgroup Queensland will continue to provide regular updates on our website and social media channels. We look forward to seeing playgroups resume for Term 1.

Statement - 11 January 2021

In line with the updated Queensland Government restrictions, we ask that all members attending playgroups in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan comply with social distancing requirements and adults wear a mask.

Playgroup Queensland requires that all playgroups across Queensland operate under a COVID-Safe plan and comply with the relevant restrictions imposed in their region. We want to ensure that everyone attending playgroup remains safe and well. If you have any concerns please reach out to us on 1800 171 882 or email info@playgroupqld.com.au.

Playgroup Queensland will continue to provide regular updates on our website and social media channels. We look forward to seeing playgroups across the state return to delivery in 2021.

Statement - 8 January 2021

Greater Brisbane Restrictions

Playgroup Queensland is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our members, volunteers, staff and partners.

Greater Brisbane will go into lockdown for three days, while contact tracers work to ensure the UK strain of COVID-19 is not circulating in the community.

From 6pm tonight, Friday 8 January, until 6pm Monday 11 January people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home. The wearing of masks will also be mandatory in those local government areas for those choosing to leave their home.

For the health and safety of our playgroup community, we have requested ALL playgroups in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan suspend sessions taking place on Monday 11 January, 2021. Playgroup Queensland will provide an update on Monday. At this stage playgroups in other regions operating under a COVID-Safe plan can proceed.

Please join us on social media to share play at home ideas and ways to support and stay connected with each other via our online community. 

Statement - 24 August 2020

Face-to-Face Playgroups have Resumed

From Monday 13 July, you can return to playgroups or programs that have submitted a COVID-Safe Plan to recommence gatherings.

Provided a playgroup has completed a COVID-Safe Plan or a school/organisation has provided an existing COVID-Safe Plan, they can continue to meet. Schools are required to follow the direction of the principal. All playgroup attendees must remain vigilant and comply with the requirements of COVID-Safe plans. Playgroup Queensland does not endorse the recommencement of a playgroup that has not completed a COVID-Safe Plan.

Playgroup Queensland respects and supports the individual decisions of groups regarding whether or not they continue to meet. Before attending a playgroup, please contact them to make sure they are operating. Visit our Find a Playgroup search tool to find the contact details for your local playgroup.

We understand that navigating this COVID-19 environment has been unusual and quite difficult for many of us, so please be kind to yourself and reach out if you need assistance. Please continue to monitor public health advice. Playgroup Queensland will continue to provide updates.

Return to delivery

Playgroup Queensland’s playgroups and programs have recommenced face-to-face delivery (where possible) from Monday 13 July 2020.  In some circumstances, some of our playgroups (including intergenerational playgroups or those within states currently in lockdown) may remain on hold due to health risks or restricted venue access. To find out if your playgroup is ready to welcome you back, please follow-up with your contact person (contact information available via Find a Playgroup) or email the Playgroup Queensland team at membership@playgroupqld.com.au.

 As always, the most important consideration for us continues to be the health and safety of our community – our playgroup families, our employees, and our valued partners. To comply with government regulations, every playgroup and program requires a COVID-Safe Plan. All groups have been provided with a range of support resources, posters and tip sheets to make the return to playgroup as easy as possible. It is a requirement that you provide your contact details at each playgroup session for attendance and contract tracing purposes, in line with government requirements. If you, your child or anyone in your family/household has travelled overseas in the last 14 days, is being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results, or is currently unwell, please stay home and avoid visiting playgroup.

Playgroup is going to be different for a while, so please continue to be patient as we navigate this journey together. Many hands make light work; we ask that you please do what you can to help support your playgroup during this time.  If your playgroup remains closed or you are not in a position to return to face-to-face gatherings, you can continue to connect with our online community through our Playgroup at Home Facebook group or visit our Playgroup at Home webpage for activities and resources.

If you are a Facilitator or Contact Person for a Playgroup Queensland playgroup or program and have a question or request, please click here.

Thank you for your patience and support during this time. For any further information, please contact Playgroup Queensland on 1800 171 882 or email membership@playgroupqld.com.au.

How can we support each other and stay connected?

Playgroup Queensland will continue to support our families through our digital communications. We encourage families to stay connected through social media, messaging apps, phone calls and emails. Utilise our online community to connect, read stories, play music, share craft creations and share day-to-day play discoveries.

Ways to support your children:

  • Stay calm and focus on the positives.
  • Reinforce good hygiene practises by leading by example.
  • Make hand washing fun through a sing-a-long or sensory play.
  • Encourage play, music and movement. It is a great distractor and mood lifter.
  • Talk to your children about COVID-19 in terms they understand. You could even read the book Birdie and the Big Sickness by Andrea Baldwin and Anil Tortop. 
  • If you can go outside safely, take a short walk around your neighbourhood and simply enjoy the sunshine and connect with nature.
  • Look after yourself and your loved ones and check-in on your playgroup community – social connection is important!

Join us on social media to stay up-to-date as things evolve. Together we can play, share, connect and grow!