Community playgroups (CPs) are unique in Australia’s early years education and care environment. This project fills knowledge and policy gaps by appraising the social and economic value of CPs.

  • Project dates: 2015

This research seeks to identify the social and economic value of community playgroups (CPs) by critically appraising

  • their unique contribution the landscape of social care and learning
  • their adaptive response to changing social and economic trends, such as increasing female workforce participation and the uptake of grandparent and father care
  • their role in developing social capital and acting as a catalyst for engagement with other institutional and social settings; and their contribution to the informal or non-market economy.

The research will draw on grounded-theoretical qualitative interviews and analysis of secondary datasets (Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), Playgroup Australia member surveys).

Key People

Project Researchers

  • Dr Ian McShane, Senior Research Fellow, CUR
  • Dr Kay Cook, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University
  • Dr Sarah Sinclair, Research Fellow, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University  

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