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National News

Help your children build their dreams
18th Mar 2011
by Emma Jane Hordyk
email : media@Playcentre.org.nz
On Saturday 26th March Playcentre Publications will be launching Bernard Woodhams’ new sand play book “The World in your Sandpit” at Lower Hutt Playcentre, Wellington. The National Education meeting is being held the same weekend so there will be plenty of hands on deck to build one of the biggest Playcentre sandcastles in history.

Playcentre Publications have been in the business of publishing books relevant to early childhood education since before 1975. They provide publications and resources primarily to enable Playcentre members to enhance their parenting skills and train towards gaining their early childhood education qualifications, plus in recent years several books have become standard text in Colleges of Education. In addition these resources are available to other individuals and organisations, particularly those involved in the field of early childhood education.

“The World in your Sandpit” author, Bernard Woodhams, was born into a Playcentre family and remembers a chain of sandpits running through his childhood, several of them built for him and his brothers by his father. His wife, Maureen, joined Playcentre after an open day and loved it and Bernard became involved with Playcentre soon afterwards. At Playcentre he soon became known as the person who always played outside, and particularly in the sandpit. He completed two years of Playcentre training, and for a while both Maureen and Bernard were leading sessions at Brooklyn Playcentre. He has run workshops on sand play on a rainy day and encouraging participants to try combining different tools and toys with sand to extend their views on sand play. Bernard is also an evaluator, researcher and policy analyst and currently works for the Ministry of Health. “We often joke at Playcentre that everything you need to learn through play can be learnt in the sandpit”, laughs Bernard. “It is a natural material that can be made wet or dry to build, shape or sift and helps develop hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills” he adds.

Playcentre acknowledges and supports parents as the first and most important educators of their children. Playcentre’s are co-operatively managed and supervised by parents with support from experienced Association and Federation personnel. They deliver the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and are partially funded by the Ministry of Education.

To order copies of this book please visit www.Playcentre.org.nz and click on publications (Ph/fax (09) 827 3469).

Contact for Media: Emma Jane Hordyk, Media Officer, NZPF. 09 838 9121, 0226 700 884,

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