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Start the new year by coming along to Playcentre
20th Jan 2009
The holiday break is winding down and children from Playcentres all over the country will soon be heading back for another year of play, learning and growth.

If you are looking for something new to do with your baby or young child this year, then come along to Playcentre and join in the fun of learning alongside you child.

“Playcentre offers something for the whole family” said Playcentre Federation President, Marion Pilkington. “The children can form life long friendships while experiencing a well-designed learning environment. Their parents also make lasting friendships and have access to free parent training and NZQA accredited early childhood training.”

For over 60 years centres in local communities have been encouraging and supporting parents who want to spend time with their children and be a part of their early childhood education.

“Parents do a great job of educating their children, and Playcentre complements the education that parents provide for their children at home”, said Mrs Pilkington.

It is often not practical to provide a wide variety of equipment at home. Play activities at Playcentre include outdoor and indoor activities such as: playdough, jigsaw puzzles, carpentry tables with real tools, sandpits and climbing equipment, books, musical instruments, dancing and dress-ups.

As well as this, Playcentre provides a supportive environment for parenting by providing connections with parents within the local community and free parenting and early childhood education courses. The local centres are backed up by a regional and national network of specialist support services.

Playcentre caters for children from birth to school age, offering mixed age sessions that ensure siblings can participate together. Older children learn leadership skills, responsibility and consideration with younger children, and younger children learn by watching older children.

Playcentres operate during the school term and most should be up and running for the year by early February. To contact your local Playcentre, see www.playcentre.org.nz for centres in your area.


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Contact for Media: Maureen Woodhams, Media Officer, NZPF. 04 9345244, 027 4041223, media@playcentre.org.nz.

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