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    Default Parents that have started a Playgroup from scratch

    Hi there, we have not long moved from NZ to Brisbane and living in North Lakes, have been looking for a playgroup to join with my two boys aged 3 years and 17 months, have been to a few but not what we are really looking for, want somthing more along the lines of parents and first teachers, more hands on sensory free play, does anyone here have any expereince on how had it is to start a playgroup? We still only have one car so it has made it hard to go to out of area to find somthing more suitable, i have had a look on the Playgroup qld website and had a read though that, any info wouldbe fantastic, kind regards Michelle

    Also if anyone is interested in joining siad soon to be playgroup please let me know i think 0-5 will be the age group as i know how frustrating it is when you have different ages and dont fit into a group because you cant just leave one at home to take the other lol. =)

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    hi, i just started a playgroup but have been involved with playgroup recently so I kind of knew what to expect. We wanted to go private but could not afford insurance and playgroup australia will cover insurances for all families who pay $39 a year.

    you need three paid members to start the group, fundraising or donations for supplies and somewhere to meet. if you are a non for profit group some councils will give you a cheaper rate, we pay $17 each time we use our room and we also have our own locked cupboards to keep everything in. to meet the rent we charge $3 per family. any surplus goes towards tea/coffee/craft.

    we have a roster so people can take turns doing craft/cleanup etc.

    to get membership we made a flyer and put it every page I could think of on facebook - mums groups, council pages, community groups and also put it up locally in chemists, shops, libraries etc. community connect pages on channel ten etc too.

    to raise money to startup we did a instore bbq at woolworths which gave us $150 and we were lucky to get donations, i asked lots of local toy stores and rotary and baby shops. i also got some bargins on gumtree and ebay. we took over from a government playgroup that lost its funding so we got alot of their supplies cheap. we have toys, craft, bikes, playdoh, books, baby toys, blocks, dolls, cars, puppets and 'little people' collection.

    some places you rent from will also want a bond. playgroup nsw will not help financially and will only send you a small start up box of craft.

    it took us about 4/5 weeks to get everything underway and we had our first day last week, we had 30 kids turn up! i wasn't expecting that many but it was great.

    you need someone keen enough to do all the organising and someone to be treasurer - keep records of all mony in and out. and you need a third person to be secretary/membership coordinator and all three of you have to open a bank account (with a letter from playgroup so its no fee) and you have to pay for things with a cheque signed by 2 of 3 of you each time.

    I would urge you to join an exisiting group if you can find one as it is alot of hard work but if you are keen and can find some like minded parents it would be a hit! 'specialised' groups seem to go well. We are allergy aware.

    I hope that helps! Let me know if I can answer any more questions

    cheers
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    Hy Liz thanks for your reply this is exactly what i need to know, i wold love to just join another group but the one group i can get to (no car) dosnt acutally do anything hands on its just all free play no playdough, paints etc, and its been going a while from what i take so i dont really want to be this new commer who comes in and wants all this stuff when everyone there is happy with the way things are, did you start off at home or just organise the venue right from the start? i called the local community (which is where the other group is held) and they are $21 a hour, is that steep? also do you need to pay the organisational or the professional membership? (for the playgroup) and then each family pays family membership?

    i was thinking of doing a phamplet drop around the area there are heaps if familys from nz and the uk that immigrate and settle here, then set up a fb page to see if there is any interest, do you think thts a good idea?

    thanks so much =)

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    Thats sucky that they don't do much activity, the old group I was with was like that and the reason they lost members. We organised from the venue to start with but we took over from an old group that was run by the council, however we only had 3 people to start with. the rest come from facebook $21 is a bit steep, did you tell them it would be for a playgroup?

    I'm not sure what you mean about fees, I'm with playgroup NSW and all families just pay $39 a year, there is no organisational or professional membership fees.

    A pamphlet drop is a great idea to get you started and see if there are other people around interested. finding volunteers is the hardest part

    here is a link to our playgroup page if it helps https://www.facebook.com/AshtonfieldKindyplayPlaygroup

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    Hey there, yes i did tell them it was for a playgroup she was getting back to me as i asked if its ok to have messy play as long as it was cleaned and left as found but she wasnt sure about paiting etc so maybe when she rings back i will try and get the price down haha can but try right, do you know whee most groups get their supplies from? etc paint, paper, is it cheaper to just buy from like kmart etc or go through educational experience or the like? also what i was meaning re the proffesional membership and organisational membership is they have the three options on the page, and i was wondering if you have to pay a seprate ammount to playgroup to start a group or is the only cost to them what the families each pay? Michelle =)

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    Hi, we bought all our extra stuff from kmart or online or the cheapie shops. edex gives playgroups 15% off but they are so expensive anyway.

    playgroup qld must do it different to us, you could call and ask them what it would cost. if you do decide to go ahead it will take them awhile to set it up anyway so they will probably need a heads up. we dont have to pay them anything to start a new group, we just all join for $39 a year per family, that goes directly to playgroup. the only other money we pay is towards the rent, to cover it depends on how many families are there so you might need to fundraise beforehand so peolple aren't paying too much to cover it each week.

    some councils prefer you to pay in advance by cheque too, we are lucky to be able to pay in cash each week.

    we aren't supposed to paint either but they let us

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    Hi Liz,

    I was wondering how the playgroup is going? i had a get together meet and greet yesterday and 11 children turned up, i dont know anyone as we just moved here and it seemed people are not keen to just start a playgroup even though there is nothing in our area, people are looking for one to join but it just wasn't going anywhere. anyway long story short i went to kmart got some plastic chairs, used our side tables as kids tables, bought some paint and other crafty stuff, made up playdough, col rice etc, it was great, but it still seems people are not that commited to become members and commit. Do you have any ideas??? people are keen to come back next week but i don't want to have to supply everything out of my own pocket and have a playgroup that is not associated with playgroup aust. How did you actUally start did you already have people that were commited to becomming members? did you fundraise to buy toys and supplies to start with? a million questions i know. I have set up a fb page. any help would be great, if you dont have time its fine i totally understand =) cheers Michelle

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    Hi there, that sucks people are so lazy, they want someone else to do all the hard work. I came across that with exisiting groups that had been going for a long time.

    With our new group we had two other ladies who were keen as mustard to get it going. then we did alot of fundraising and calling around local places asking for donations. I think I made a list in my first post One of the ladies has 3 sisters with kids so that was an easy extra few members and word of mouth. daycare places are also a good place to advertise. I can email you our sign we use if you want. Or playgroup nsw have some generic ones they can send too.

    If people want the group they are going to have to put a bit of effort in. Sounds like you are going to have to get tough and assertive and let them know you can't do it all yourself. I hope you find some people that are keen!

    Can you send the link of your facebook page? i also advertised our page on any local mothers group facebook pages, there is about 10 in our area and if you message them and ask nicely they can advertise it via the admin and it goes on all members newsfeeds

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    I was wondering how the playgroup is going? i had a get together meet and greet yesterday and 11 children turned up, i dont know anyone as we just moved here and it seemed people are not keen to just start a playgroup even though there is nothing in our area, people are looking for one to join but it just wasn't going anywhere. anyway long story short i went to kmart got some plastic chairs, used our side tables as kids tables, bought some paint and other crafty stuff, made up playdough, col rice etc, it was great, but it still seems people are not that commited to become members and commit. Do you have any ideas??? people are keen to come back next week but i don't want to have to supply everything out of my own pocket and have a playgroup that is not associated with playgroup aust. How did you actUally start did you already have people that were commited to becomming members? did you fundraise to buy toys and supplies to start with? a million questions i know. I have set up a fb page. any help would be great, if you dont have time its fine i totally understand =) cheers Michelle

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    http://www.facebook.com/BounceNorthL...up?ref=tn_tnmn

    Hey again thanks heaps, sorry for the vent. you know how it is haha, i'm meeting with one keen mum tomorrow, fingers crossed we can get the ball rolling. I just tried to sign up my family for membership online but it keeps crashing, time for bed i think =) I will have a look at oringinal message and see the ideas for fundraising, begging and borrowing =)

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