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Come and join in the play at Playcentre
23rd Jan 2012
If you are looking for something new to do with your baby or young child this year, then come along to Playcentre and find out what it is that keeps people returning for more each year.

“My twin girls love the whānau aspect of the community at Playcentre” said Desileeanne Walker (Ngāti Porou) who is a member of Patterson Street Playcentre. “They are looking forward to going back to Playcentre because we think of everybody there as whānau.”

“Playcentre was a good preparation for school for my older son as well,” said Desileeanne. “His reading and writing meet the national standards, and his oral language is off the chart. I put this down to all the adults at Playcentre who knew him and his interests and passions, and would spend one on one time with him.”

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.

“My son also loved the role of being the tuakana – looking after the babies and helping younger children learn rules” said Desileeanne.

Roslyn Murray, a member of Ashurst Park Playcentre, commented that getting involved in Playcentre helped her re-touch with her 'inner child' once she had her own children.

“I could just be with my child and learn how to play” said Roslyn. “This trained my creativity so I learned to let the kids take their imagination where they want to, and not restrict them more than necessary.”

It is often not practical for families to provide a wide variety of equipment, so an early learning environment complements the learning at home. The environment at Playcentre includes 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.

“My children can't wait for the term to start” said Roslyn. “You mention Playcentre over the holidays and they are all racing for the car.”

Playcentre acknowledges and supports parents as the first and most important educators of their children. Playcentres 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.

As well as being active with their own children at their local centres, Desileeanne and Roslyn are the co-presidents of the Waikato Playcentre Association. In this role they provide leadership to the members of the 22 Playcentres in the region.

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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