Community playgroups have been a feature of Australia’s early childhood education and care landscape for at least forty years.

Community playgroups (hereafter referred to as playgroups) have a significant presence in Australian communities. As this report shows, around 40% of families surveyed in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) participated in playgroups. Despite this level of engagement, playgroups struggle for visibility and policy traction. In part, this is because their benefits have not been fully described in terms that can be readily taken up in social and economic policy.