Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Statement - 28 January 2022

We hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our families, volunteers and employees. The new COVID-19 variant and widespread community transmission pose risks and challenges to all playgroup attendees. Our team has been working hard behind the scenes to support your safety. 

Playgroup Queensland can confirm that our services will resume in line with the government directive to start face-to-face learning at all Queensland schools on 7 February 2022. The recommencement of services will also require increased safety measures and a COVID safe checklist for groups to complete. These finalised details will be available the week before services return.

These additional measures are actions that are becoming the norm in everyday life, such as wearing masks, staying home if unwell, physically distancing from members outside your household (adults), limiting the sharing of food, checking in, meeting outside where possible, and regularly washing or sanitising your hands.

PGQ will provide CP1s and facilitators with these checklists and posters to support the running of their groups. Please check with your group to confirm when they plan to begin meeting, before attending your regular session.

Thank you for your continued understanding during these difficult times and please stay safe.

Statement - 11 January 2022

Happy New Year from the team at Playgroup Queensland! We hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. 

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our families, volunteers and employees. The new COVID-19 variant and widespread community transmission pose risks and challenges to all playgroup attendees. 

On Sunday, 9 January 2022, the Premier of Queensland announced a return to school delay for Prep to year ten students until 7 February 2022. This delay has occurred as current modelling is expecting the peak of the Omicron wave at the end of January 2022.   

At this stage, Playgroup Queensland has decided to delay the start of the return to face-to-face playgroups until 7 February 2022. This was decided as a large portion of our groups meet on school premises, and the return to playgroup delivery would coincide with the peak of the Omicron wave. 

We will continue to provide further information and updates in the coming weeks about options for virtual playgroups and what to do if your group has a COVID-19 positive attendee.

Thank you for your continued understanding during these difficult times and please stay safe.

Statement - 10 December 2021

COVID-19 Update – Friday 10 December 21

We wanted to give you an update on Playgroup Queensland’s approach to the pandemic before we break for Christmas and the New Year in 2022. COVID-19 is an ever-changing situation, and we thank you for your flexibility, patience and dedication to continue to support and participate in our services and meet government requirements. It has been a trying time for everyone over the past few years!

Our Company’s position on Vaccination

Our company is committed to prioritising the safety of our staff, volunteers, members, family participants and community during this pandemic.  In addition to our COVID safe plans and hygiene practices, the COVID-19 vaccine is the latest tool to protect us from the virus. Playgroup Queensland is not mandating vaccination, but we strongly encourage people to follow the Chief Health Officer’s advice on protecting yourself, families, and communities. Our company must also comply with these government-issued health directions to keep operating safely. We encourage families and volunteers consider if the COVID-19 vaccination is the right choice for them and understand what impacts not receiving the COVID-19 vaccination may have.

Below is a list of the latest health directions that will apply to all staff, volunteers, visitors and group participants in Queensland and across Australia.

Queensland Health Directives that impact our Playgroups, Parenting and Play Services

Health Directive operating in the following States which relate to our Sing&Grow Programs

This an extraordinary time, and these directions affect most of our people, volunteers and services, depending on the type of service, who is participating and where it is being held.

Below is a summary of the how the directives impact our groups and services:

Playgroups held at Playgroup Queensland run Community hubs.

The workers in a healthcare setting direction will apply to our Playgroup Queensland offices and sites at Cairns, Rockhampton, and Sunshine Coast (Buderim) community hub sites as these locations deliver a company program classified as a disability support service. This direction will mean that if you are a volunteer (CP1/2) at one of these locations, you will need to provide evidence of your vaccination status to our staff by way of the COVID Qld Check in App on arrival into the space.

Playgroup Queensland Community Hubs – Rockhampton, Cairns, Sunshine Coast (Buderim)

Playgroups held in a Community-setting and/or Community Facility

The Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status direction will apply to our community groups who meet in their local community space. This direction allows community groups to meet in these locations regardless of vaccination status.  Groups meeting in these types of spaces will need to follow their existing COVID-safe plan and ensure indoor spaces do not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.  Groups meeting in a community space or venue should contact the venue manager for their space to understand any additional requirements put in place by the venue. Some venues may have stricter rules applied in 2022 dependent on the health direction that applies to that venue or setting. It is important the group check what rules apply.

Playgroups held in Schools and Education Setting (expected from 23rd January 2022)

The Education settings direction is yet to be published but, so far, we understand that anyone working, volunteering or providing a service to a school, kindergarten or long day care will need to be vaccinated to do so. These stricter requirements apply to our Redlands hub-based service.

We believe that this upcoming health direction will impact any playgroups that access a school, kindergarten, or long day care space from late January 2022.

We believe this direction will be stricter than the health direction related to playgroups conducted in a general community setting or community facility. This is a concern as we have so many wonderful and engaged playgroups operating from school sites and they will need to comply to continue to operate. We will endeavour to support groups to navigate these changes as soon as they are formalised.

Sing&Grow teams operating across Australia

Our Sing&Grow workers are classified as allied health workers and fall under stricter healthcare directions in other states and territories. These directions mean all our Music Therapists will be required to follow health directions and meet vaccination requirements.

Statement - 20 August 2021

COVID-19 Update – Friday 20 August 21

Playgroup Queensland has been working to ensure that our services in the 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Southeast Queensland, Cairns and Yarrabah can safely recommence from Monday 23rd August 2021. We appreciate your patience while we have assessed the risks and developed resources to support all groups through these challenging times. 

Future Service Updates: 
 
To provide more timely updates about restrictions we’ve developed a Service Update page that is accessible on our website. We’ve introduced a traffic light system to make it easy for groups to understand what restrictions are in place in LGAs and what rules apply to groups. The Service Update page lists all Local Government Areas in Queensland and alongside each LGA is a colour coded status. Information about what each colour coded status means for your group can be viewed on the page. 

Playgroup Queensland will regularly update this page each time restrictions are imposed. This will allow members to access information quickly, without having to wait for a formal statement. 
 

Returning to delivery 

We look forward to seeing groups return to delivery next week. Some groups may choose not to operate next week, and we encourage all members to check with their Facilitator or Contact Person, before attending a group. 

All Facilitators and Contact People have been provided with a helpful booklet to assist them with returning to delivery. The booklets explain the Traffic Light System, which will assist them to understand whether playgroups can proceed. We continue to require that all groups operate under a COVID-Safe plan.

We look forward to continuing to support playgroups across the state.

Statement - 12 August 2021

COVID-19 Update – Thursday 12 August 21

Playgroup Queensland is committed to ensuring we protect the health and safety of all our members, volunteers, staff and partners during what is a complex and challenging time. We would like to provide an update on our programs and services.

Advice for playgroups operating in Cairns and Yarrabah and the following Local Government Areas (LGAs): Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

We know you are excited to get back to your playgroups and programs. The most important consideration for us has been the health and safety of our community – our playgroup families, our employees, and our valued partners.

After careful review and in line with government guidelines, Playgroup Queensland’s preferred position is that playgroups and programs currently on hold will recommence from Monday 23 August 2021.

This is in line with government health directives aligned to community sport and school visitations which have restrictions operating until Sunday, 22 August 2021.

Playgroup Queensland is currently reviewing the risks associated with the COVID-19 Delta variant. We want to ensure all playgroups can continue to meet safely. We are currently developing a traffic light system to enable everyone to understand when they can meet, based on the current level of risk in a location.

We will provide an update next Thursday, 19th August 2021 to all members, facilitators and community playgroups. This will contain important details and information to support the return to playgroup on Monday, 23 August 2021.

If you have any concerns or venue issues, please reach out to your Playgroup Queensland contact who will be more than happy to support you.

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.

In the meantime, please continue to connect with your community virtually and encourage involvement through our Playgroup at Home Queensland Facebook group.

Advice for playgroups operating in all other LGAs and regions:

At this stage, playgroups in other regions or LGAs operating under a COVID-Safe plan and complying with Queensland Government restrictions can proceed.

We look forward to continuing to support playgroups across the state.

Statement - 8 August 2021

Queensland COVID-19 Restrictions

COVID-19 Restrictions

At Playgroup Queensland, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our members, volunteers, staff and partners. We are requesting that ALL playgroups operating in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) that have just emerged from lockdown refrain from meeting this week. LGAs include Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, and Sunshine Coast Regional Council. This advice also applies to groups meeting in Cairns and Yarrabah. We will provide further updates over the coming days. Playgroup Queensland will be working hard to ensure that groups can safely meet again soon.

At this stage, playgroups in other regions operating under a COVID-Safe plan and complying with Queensland Government restrictions can proceed. Adults are required to wear masks at indoor venues and when you are not able to remain 1.5m apart outdoors.

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 - 2 August 2021

Queensland COVID-19 Restrictions

COVID-19 Restrictions

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

The South-East Queensland lockdown which began on Saturday 31 July has been extended to 4pm Sunday 8 August. The locked down areas include Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

For the health and safety of our playgroup community, we have requested ALL playgroups in these local government areas suspend sessions taking place this week. Playgroup Queensland will provide an update on Monday 9 August.

At this stage playgroups in other regions operating under a COVID-Safe plan and complying with Queensland Government restrictions can proceed. Adults are required to wear masks at indoor venues and when you are not able to remain 1.5m apart outdoors.

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 - 29 June 2021

Queensland COVID-19 Restrictions

COVID-19 Restrictions


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


Parts of Queensland will go into a three-day lockdown from 6pm today. Local Government Areas impacted include Townsville, Palm Island, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast.


For the health and safety of our playgroup community, we have requested ALL playgroups in these local government areas suspend sessions taking place this week. Playgroup Queensland will provide an update on Friday 2 July.

At this stage playgroups in other regions operating under a COVID-Safe plan and complying with Queensland Government restrictions can proceed. Adults are required to wear masks at indoor venues and when you are not able to remain 1.5m apart outdoors.

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 - 28 June 2021

Queensland COVID-19 Restrictions

From 1:00am tomorrow (29 June, 2021) restrictions will be introduced in Queensland in the wake of new locally acquired cases.

Masks will be required in Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan , Redlands, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay and Somerset local government areas. The one per four square metre rule will be reintroduced.

Everyone over 12 years must always carry a face mask, children under 12 years are exempt from wearing a mask.

For the safety of all playgroup attendees, parents and carers are asked to maintain physical distancing, comply with the one per 4 square meter rule, wear a mask at indoor playgroup venues (unless there are medical reasons that they cannot be worn) and outdoors if you cannot physically distance.

As always, please follow Queensland Government restrictions. Stay safe Queensland.

Statement - 1 April 2021

Queensland COVID-19 Restrictions

The Queensland Government has announced the end of the Greater Brisbane lockdown.

From 12pm midday AEST Thursday 1 April 2021 to 15 April 2021, the entire state of Queensland will be subject to the same restrictions.

Everyone over 12 years must always carry a face mask. Children under 12 years are exempt from wearing a mask.

For the safety of all playgroup attendees, parents and carers are asked to maintain physical distancing, wear a mask at indoor playgroup venues and outdoors if you cannot physically distance. As always, please follow Queensland Government restrictions. 

Stay safe Queensland and have a happy Easter!

Statement - 29 March 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, to contain an outbreak of COVID-19.

From 5pm tonight, Monday 29 March, until 5pm Thursday 1 April people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at 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 this week. Playgroup Queensland will provide an update on Friday 2 April.

At this stage playgroups in other regions operating under a COVID-Safe plan and complying with Queensland Government restriction can proceed. Adults are required to wear masks at indoor venues and when you are not able to remain 1.5m apart outdoors.

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 - 26 March 2021

A new locally transmitted case of COVID-19 has been detected in north Brisbane. All playgroups in risk areas have been advised to take precautions, comply with Queensland Government restrictions, and follow their approved COVID-Safe plans. If you are unwell, please stay home and get tested. Playgroup Queensland will continue to provide regular updates on our website and social media channels. Stay safe Brisbane and Moreton Bay!

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 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!