Experience early childhood education with a difference; children and their families play and grow together.
Mixed aged sessions for tamariki aged 0-6 years and their whānau.
At Playcentre parents and whānau are the carers. Together we build a village where your whole family is connected and thrives.
“When you look at different early childhood education movements, Playcentre is a world leader in terms of providing the ‘perfect environment’ for growing brains”.
Neuroscience Educator, Nathan Wallis
Because parents, whānau and caregivers attend Playcentre we have a high adult to child ratio. This allows Playcentre to offer a child initiated programme based on the individual child’s strengths and interests.
Whether you have a new baby, or you are new to a community, Playcentre provides a place for babies, young children and parents to come together. Members enjoy a strong sense of belonging, and friendships flourish.
Watch your child’s confidence grow as they explore and foster their imagination through play and interaction with other children aged 0-6.
From building sandcastles to baking biscuits, painting to singing, working with wood to cutting shapes in playdough: every session will captivate your child and excite them.
Be involved with your child’s learning; play with them and alongside them.
Encourage children to interact with others while you meet other parents and educators and become part of a fun, vibrant community where community and a sense of belonging is at the heart of everything we do.
“I played and learnt alongside my kids till they went to school. The friendships we made as a family are priceless. Playcentre was our village. I didn’t just watch them grow, I grew with them”.
“Build a village …. great way to get to know people in a new area. Awesome play and some great education so you learn alongside your child”.
“It’s great fun for the kids and great social time for parents. So many learning opportunities for child and parent, mum or dad or grandparent can go”.
“Playcentre is your family, the children make amazing friendships that last for years to come as do us as parents. And the messy play! Free play is the best!”
Sunday 1 October 2023
Both grandparents who are acting as primary caregivers, and grandparents who simply want to spend more time with their grandchildren often attend Playcentre sessions.
At Playcentre grandparents are a valued part of our village. It is a privilege for grandparents and grandchildren to spend time together and the benefits for both are huge and well documented.
In October Playcentre holds a special day – Grandparents Day – to honour those with silver in their hair and gold in their hearts.
Playcentres welcome children from age 0-6, and infants are welcome to attend most Playcentre sessions and participate in the regular activities.
However, we also offer more specialised sessions where there is a real focus on the needs of newborns to 1 year olds, as well as the support and friendship of other new parents.
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