Out of Hospital Play & Support Groups

Miracle Babies Foundation NurtureGroups are free play and support groups for families who have experienced the birth of a premature or sick newborn. We welcome all NICU and SCN families.

We offer a safe and secure environment for children 0 to 6 years who have been challenged by prematurity or sickness in which they can learn and develop through play, whilst offering families ongoing parent support after leaving the safety of a NICU/SCN.

Parents and carers can exchange ideas on parenting, tackle medical issues, share stories, build support networks, form friendships and ease the isolation that can often be felt by families of premature and sick newborns.

NurtureGroups are geared specifically towards the needs of premature and sick newborns and are equipped with toys and activities recommended by therapists to help advance physical development. Health professionals may also attend NurtureGroups to offer families assistance, expert advice and informal assessments of their child’s development. These may include a Social Worker, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Dietician, Social Worker and Child and Family Health Nurse.

“The Miracle Babies Foundation NurtureGroup is a great place to meet other families who really understand the emotional roller coaster we went through and issues that still affect us today. The support we receive from other families is so uplifting and to watch the children together is very special”

Kelly Docherty, mum to twin girls Kiana and Maddison, born at 31 weeks

NurtureGroup Sessions

Are managed by an appointed NurtureGroup Coordinator who is also an approved Miracle Babies Foundation parent Support Volunteer. NurtureGroup sessions are held fortnightly except during the school holidays and attendance is free. Session duration is generally for 2hrs.

A general Miracle Babies Foundation NurtureGroup session will include time for:

  • Setting up
  • Playtime
  • Meal time
  • Playtime
  • General clean up and pack away

Morning tea is supplied for all in attendance.


All new NurtureGroups are equipped with a start-up kit which contains, toys, resources, cleaning products, first aid kit, and policy and procedure manual.

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