A playgroup leader generally plans and runs playgroup sessions for three- to five-year-old children. The playgroup leader is responsible for making sure the planned activities are safe for children and ensuring those activities meet young children's physical, emotional and social needs.
In addition to short-term and long-term session planning, playgroup leaders monitor and assess the development of the children in the group. Leaders are also responsible for ensuring the space where the group is meeting is child friendly. Official playgroup leaders typically have assistants to help them with the organization and execution of their plans; playgroup leaders who have assistants are also responsible for training and overseeing their assistants.
Playgroups are local organizations that encourage preschool-age children to learn by providing compelling play-based curricula. They aim to provide secure environments that are safe places for small children to engage in educational free play and stimulating planned activities with their peers. Playgroups tend to have about eight children per leader, and they typically meet for up to four hours each day. Playgroups are commonly found in the United Kingdom and Australia, and according to Early Years, both assistants and leaders are often required to hold qualifications in early years care and education.