Supported Playgroups and Teen Time

286 Lords Place, Orange
 02 6393 8618
Anson Street School
286 Lords Place, Orange (Admin)
 02 6393 8616

Supported Playgroups

The Orange Supported Playgroup is a project that aims to replicate and build on the success of the Orange Bush Babies group. Bush Babies playgroup was established by the Orange Women’s Gathering with the Council’s support to meet a need in the community as seen by these women. The playgroup not only caters for pre-school aged children but provides vital social support for families in the area.

Grasshoppers Playgroup

Supported Playgroups and Schools as Communities work together in partnership to provide the Grasshoppers Playgroup (Schools as Communities initative) on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am until 11.00pm at Marang Gunya – The Good House, in Oxley Place. The playgroup is open to families with children from 0 to 5 years and is free to attend.

Bowen Public School Supported Playgroup

Bowen Playgroup is on each Friday from 9.00am until 11.00am at Bowen Public School.The playgroup is open to all families with children from 0 to 5 years and is free to attend.

Bush Babies Playgroup

The Bush Babies Playgroup is on each Thursday from 10.30am until 12.30pm at the Carriage Cottage in Spring Street. The playgroup is open to all families with children from 0 to 5 years and is free to attend.

The families come together for:

  • Developmental play
  • Music, singing and dancing
  • Story time, cooking, outdoor play
  • Cultural learning
  • Parenting Courses
  • Communal morning tea and most importantly, lots of yarning!!

The Supported Playgroup project aims to provide various parenting courses and regular information through collaboration, partnership, support and referral with other agencies in Orange and across the region where applicable.

Orange City Council offers a number of services for the indigenous community.

Teen Time

Teen Time is an After School and Vacation Care Support Program designed for secondary students, 12 years and over with a disability and moderate to high support needs. Orange Teen Time operates from Anson Street Public School. Teen Time operates after school during term times and during school holiday periods.

What we offer:

  • A variety of recreational activities to meet the individual needs of young people.
  • A relaxed and informal environment
  • A program that allows young people to make choices.
  • A program that builds their social, emotional, creative and physical development.
  • Individualised assessment and planning to ensure services are responsive to the needs of the young person and their family.
  • A commitment to provide high quality service which values and supports the principles of quality school aged care.
  • A secure and safe environment for all those who attend.
  • High staff to student ratios with a minimum of one staff member for every three children.


After School Care: $23.00 per session
Vacation Care: $48.00 per session
Child care benefit (CCB) is available to all eligible families.


Transport to and from the service is NOT provided.

Parents are responsible for the provision of transport. However, for After School Services, students currently accessing the Department of Education’s special transport service, are able to change their drop off address to the Teen Time Program.

Accessing the Program

To be eligible for the program, the student and family must meet the following criteria:

  • Secondary Student (12years and older) with an intellectual disability and moderate to high support needs.
  • Parents of a student with a disability who work or are actively seeking employment.
  • Parents of a student with a disability who are studying or intending to study to gain employment.

How to gain a referral

Referrals to the Teen Time program can be obtained by contacting the ADHC information, referral and intake team on 1300 134 450 (toll free)

Who can ask for a a referral :

  • Case Managers
  • Parents and/or Carers
  • Schools

Once a referral has been received, the Respite Coordination Group will determine eligibility for the program against the program guidelines. Families will be notified of the group’s decision to accept or decline the referral in writing.

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