There are several language playgroups registered with ACT Playgroups. Many are happy for non native speaking members to join provided you and your child participate in learning the language. Please contact the individual group to find out more information on how the group runs, and what is expected as a playgroup member in regards to language ability.
I Tesorini (Italian) Playgroup meets in Yarralumla on Saturday mornings. This group provides support to families who would like to expose their children to Italian language and culture. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check their website here.
Les Petites Etoiles (French) Playgroup is seeking new members. Anyone keen for their little ones to learn the French language and culture is invited. The group meets on Monday mornings during school terms at the Ainslie Scout Hall at 1 Hassall St, Ainslie. Please contact email@example.com for more information or if you are keen to join the organising team.
There are a few German Playgroups: Spiel und Spass meets every Wednesday morning at the Scout Hall at 11 Masson Street, Turner. Spiel und SPORT meet once a week to enjoy movement, fun and German together. Schlaumaeuse is a teacher-facilitated playgroup for children in Preschool, Kindergarten and Year 1, and they meet once a week after school. If you, your partner or a Grandparent speak/s German to your child at home and would like to meet others in a similar situation, come along and have fun with one or more of the German Playgroups. They are a great way to expand the use of your home language or expose your child to their second language. Many of their members go on to attend the German Australian Playschool (for 3-5 year olds) where their language skills are further developed. See www.spielwelt.org.au/playgroups for more information.
Mandarin for Fun learning group is open to people from any background, as they are aiming at teaching both children (from 18 months – 5 years) and carers so that they can both go back home and practice. They use different fun ways to teach so that everyone is learning without knowing. They hope this program will help the children to build up a solid Mandarin language foundation and keep their interest up for further second language development.
There are currently several programs running in the Belconnen area. A small fee applies. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Please register your interest through firstname.lastname@example.org or you can also phone Lucia on 0410 981 788.
This project was made possible with the support of the ACT Government’s Multicultural Language Grants Program.
ACT Playgroups also has the following language playgroups registered:
Canberra Niko Niko Japanese Speaking Playgroup meets Monday at Lyneham. Contact Japaneseplaygroupact@gmail.com for more information.
The Russian Playgroup meets at Franklin on Thursday mornings. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Ositos (Spanish) playgroup meets Saturday mornings at the St James Uniting Church in Curtin. For the group’s contact information please contact our office.
The Playing in Spanish playgroup meets at Cook on Friday mornings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Kunterbunt (German) Playgroup meets Monday afternoons at various locations. Contact ACT Playgroups for more information.
The Igraonica playgroup meets at Lyneham on Sunday afternoons. This group encompasses the languages spoken in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro or Serbia. For more information about this group please contact email@example.com
The Malisani Croatian playgroup meets at Downer on Tuesday mornings. Please contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Suomi-Kerho Finnish Playgroup meets in Cook on Wednesday mornings. For the group’s contact information please contact our office.
If your language of interest is not listed here, please contact us and we will be happy to help you get started. We also keep lists of people interested in joining a language playgroup. Once we have a critical number of families we try to get them together to start their own group. Please send us an email or give us a call if you would like to be added to the list.