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PALS – Play and Learn Supported


What is the PALS Playgroup Program?

Play and Learn Supported (PALS) playgroups are an innovative Australian model, bringing together all families – whatever their abilities – for shared activities, fun and learning. PALS playgroups are welcoming environments for all children, including those with disabilities and additional needs.

It’s all about learning together, making joyful moments for families and creating communities that support us all.

Who is the PALS playgroup for?

PALS Programs are an all-abilities playgroup with a focus on providing an inclusive space for all children with or without disability and/ or additional needs.  Children from the ages of 0-5 years are welcome with their parents or carers. No formal diagnosis is required to attend.

How will a PALS playgroup benefit our family and community?

PALS playgroups offer an environment accepting of all children and their families, fostering and nurturing all abilities.

Benefits include:

  • For children with disabilities and their families: new opportunities to connect with others in the community and increasing children’s skills
  • For families of children without disabilities: greater understanding of disability and inclusion
  • For community organisations: greater skills in providing inclusive practices and referrals to other appropriate services

The activity focus of each PALS session changes each semester, offering children the opportunity to experience a range of activities within a supportive and inclusive setting.

What happens during PALS playgroups?

At PALS, families with young children embark on a program of activities with local community cultural, arts, sporting or recreational organisations. At every step, they are supported by a trained playgroup facilitator.

PALS playgroups differ each semester, please refer to the details below to find out which PALS playgroups are currently running. 

Where is PALS held?

All PALS Programs run for the period of 16 weeks. Prior to attending interested families are required to contact our Playgroup Facilitator on the details below. 


Tuesday 10:00am – 10:45am

For children aged 1-5 years

Commencing Tuesday 29 August 2023

Darwin Gymnastics Club, Marrara Sporting Complex (Multi-purpose Hall), 10 Abala Street, Marrara

Howard Springs

Wednesday 9:00am – 10:30am

Commencing Wednesday 19 July 2023

Howard Hall, 315 Whitewood Road, Howard Springs Recreation Reserve, Howard Springs

Marrara Playgroup House

Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm

Commencing Thursday 27 July 2023

Playgroup House, Marrara, Cnr McMillans Road & Marrara Drive, Marrara

Will I need to pay?

There is no session fee for the PALS playgroup, but families do need to be a member of Playgroup NT. Membership is free for PALS participants.  The PALS Playgroup Program is supported by the Australian Government, under the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program administered by the Department of Social Services.

Who should I contact?

Spaces are limited, please contact Playgroup NT prior to attending. Cindy 0437 711 672 or [email protected]