Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation representing playgroups
and is funded by membership, fundraising and government grants, including $160,000 a year from the Andrews Labor Government.
have long been considered an important and integral part of a child's early development.
A long-standing playgroup
is fighting for survival.
Little Charlie Nunn was pleading with mums and dads to give him some friends to play with in 1999, when the two-year-old found himself the only child left at Kirklevington Old School Playgroup
Ms McKinnell was honorary milk monitor at Fawdon Community Association's playgroup
leader Kathleen Phillips said last night: "We don't want to talk at the moment.
January 6, 13, 20 & 27: Busy Bodies Playgroup
from 9:30-11:30 in the WAC clubroom, for children 0-4 years old.
Coventry's Lord Mayor, Andy Matchett, presented a certificate to staff at the playgroup
, based in the dining hall of St Christopher Primary School, Allesley Old Road, Allesley.
in east Birmingham has been praised by Government inspectors for the quality and standards of the care and nursery education it provides.
However, it has emerged that nurseries and playgroups
can operate legally without registering with Ofsted at all, if they are open for two hours or less a day.
What will happen to the children if playgroups
like this continue to close is anyone's guess.
in Scotland are being forced out of business as over-ambitious parents switch their children into nursery education.