Pathways for Early Learning and Development


PELD is a supported playgroup program which is free for families who meet the program criteria. The program is delivered in school terms engaging the community in a playgroup format to support families at risk and their children. It is facilitated by an Early Childhood teacher and a Caseworker. The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) is used to develop enhanced educational outcomes for children 0-5 years and their families.

The PELD program is a joint collaboration between Playgroup Queensland and Mercy Community. It is delivered in two locations- Lockyer Valley (Gatton) and the Southern Downs (Warwick). Home visits are also conducted by the Early Childhood Teacher and Caseworker which aim to enhance families connections with their children along with providing links to other support services in the community. A Sing & Grow session is delivered in the Lockyer Valley region each week while the Southern Downs region receives the Step into Prep program in terms 3 and 4 of school.

The PELD program can help families and their children to:

  • Connect within the local community
  • Experience and participate in play activities that promotes health and wellbeing
  • Share learning, games and music together
  • Develop  skills and abilities appropriate to their child’s developmental stage through play-based learning activities that align to the Early Years Learning Framework
  • Support parents capacity and capability in parenting and play, reconnecting them to their children
  • Manage the challenges and frustrations of daily life, by working through worries individually via home visits
  • Connect to services and supports in the local community
  • Transition smoothly to school.


Parents with children aged 0-5 who are experiencing multiple and complex concerns that are impacting adversely on their own and their children’s development needs


    Participating in PELD will help you and your family to:

    • Strengthen protective factors and resilience in families
    • Develop and enhance parenting capabilities, confidence and your role as your child’s first teacher
    • Experience healthy physical play through games and music.
    • Build knowledge and understanding of play activities that support  your child’s development and well-being
    • Awareness and access to other community services
    • Improved parent/child relationships
    • Families are supported in their child’s transition to school
    • Complimentary Membership


    For further information about the program please contact Playgroup Queensland on 1800 171 882 or click here.


    PELD is a Mercy Community and Playgroup QLD partnership funded by the Queensland Department of Education.