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Play With Your Kids

Play With Your Kids is a program managed by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre and funded by the Department of Education, Training and Employment. Qualified staff work together to provide you and your children with opportunities to learn through play in a safe and supportive environment.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To work in partnership with parents by facilitating playgroups that provide a variety of play experiences and activities that support the physical, emotional and social development of children from birth to prep.
  • To provide parenting information and support to parents on a variety of issues and needs.
  • Foster opportunities for parents to  develop valuable social networks with other families

The PWYK Program is part of the Child and Family HUB Service for the Fraser Caost, within this role the service offers a large variety of family support including parenting support and child health support and utilises the opportunities to network and refer to other community services when needed.

What do we do?  We support families, many who have no relatives in Hervey Bay and a large percent have partners who are FIFO. Play experiences are based on childrens needs and include activities such as art, sand play, reading, music, dance, sensory activities, water play and construction.

Helping parents and children build healthy relationships through play.

Tuesday: Young Parents under 25, Child care room Hervey Bay Community Centre

Wednesday is Mobile Play Group

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesday: Toogoom Community Playground, Kingfisher Parade, Toogoom
  • 2nd Wednesday - TriCare, Long Street Point Vernon
  • 4th Wednesday - Urangan Community Centre, Elizabeth Street Urangan

Thursday: Hervey Bay Community Centre, Child care room open to all parents and Carers

All playgroup session run from 9:30 am -11:30 am please make sure you bring a hat, water bottle and morning tea for yourself and your child/children.

We do have messy play so please dress your children in clothes that will get dirty and wet on occasions.


$3.00 donation per family per session.

What to bring:

  • Morning tea
  • water bottle
  • hats, sunscreen
  • messy play clothing

Parent Information

It can be very difficult for parents to get to workshops and to have the time to research information. In this section we hope to inform parents on subjects that can make parenting a pleasure rather than a chore. If there is anything that you want more information about please email the program co-ordinator with your requests.

Learning to be Creative

Creativity is a child's way of expressing ideas, thoughts and feelings. By accepting their ideas and the things they make, you are encouraging them to explore, take risks and have a go.

Some ideas to develop creativity in your child:

  • Challenge children to make use of each of their senses and encourage them to become open and aware.
  • Challenge children to experiment with new and different materials.
  • Challenge children to create with their body and try new ways of self-expression.
  • Encourage them to sing and dance.
  • Provide boxes and dress-ups for pretend play.
  • Provide paper, paint and playdough.
  • Collect bits and pieces such as leaves, feathers, paper and fabric for making things and then display what they make.

Contact Details

Postal Address: P.O. Box 1226, Hervey Bay, Qld 4655
Phone:  (07) 4194 3042
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre
22 Charles Street, Pialba

Complaints and Compliments

Here at Play With Your Kids we are very open to both praise and criticism. Praise or compliments help us to know that we are meeting your needs. Complaints or criticism enables us to see the areas in which we need to improve, so that your needs can be better met. Please do not hesitate to let us know what you think and feel about the Play With Your Kids Program.

You can speak personally to the program co-ordinator or in writting to the address below.

You can also contact the principle co-ordinator of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre at the address below.

Postal Address: P.O Box 1226, Hervey Bay, 4655

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Need More Help?

If our services do not meet your needs click here to find other support services:

oneplace:   oneplace Community Services Directory is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get to the right service at the right time.

The Little Lime Pocket Book:  A great guide to welfare and support services on the Fraser Coast.

mycommunitydirectory: The directory provides up-to-date information for community organisations who provide services in the Fraser Coast area.

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