Start School Strong

 Start School Strong Parenting Program by Fairfield City Council

The years before a child starts school are a time of fast development and learning.

Parents can help their child get ready for school through play-based learning, such as reading, talking, singing and involving them in day-to-day family activities.

Joining a playgroup or preschool can also help prepare them with communication, physical development and the social skills they need to be confident, independent children.

The Start School Strong program provides early learning and development support to parents with children up to 6 years through parenting sessions that discuss:

  • Ideas for helping young children to be ready to start school
  • Information about playgroups and preschools
  • Information about services that can support your family

We visit community playgroups, parent groups and community events in the Fairfield local government area.

Download our translated brochure here.(PDF, 495KB)

To find out more, please contact Start School Strong on 9725 0115 or email


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Find out more and register for upcoming Start School Strong parenting sessions below

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Interested in joining a playgroup? Check out our Start School Strong Playgroup program

Join our free Start School Strong Playgroup for children up to 3 years, run by experienced early childhood teachers that can help your child develop the skills they will need to attend preschool in the future. Meet and make friends with other families while helping your child develop their social skills.

  • Mondays (during school terms) 9.30am to 11.30am
    Bonnyrigg Public School Schools as Community Centre, 16 - 18 Tarlington Parade, Bonnyrigg
    0-3 years FREE
  • Tuesdays (during school terms) 9am to 11am
    Fairfield Public School Schools as Community Centre, 68 - 82 Smart Street, Fairfield  
    0-3 years FREE


Start School Strong Playgroup is for children who are too young or unable to attend preschool. Priority is given to:

  • Children with a disability
  • Aboriginal children
  • Children from low-income families
  • Children from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background
  • Children who are at risk of significant harm (from a child protection perspective)
  • Children from socially isolated families

Research has shown that caring, supportive environments that promote early childhood development increase a child’s chances of a successful transition to school, leading to better educational, employment and health outcomes.

To find out more or register your interest in a group, please contact Children and Family Services on 9725 0363 or email


Start School Strong is funded by the NSW Government and sponsored by Fairfield City Council.