About Playcentre

Playcentre philosophy is based on child-initiated play and recognises the parents as the first and best educators of their own children. Playcentre families receive a unique early childhood experience with opportunities for whanau/families to learn together.

Playcentre offers a programme of education for whanau/parents that emphasises parenting and early childhood education including learning in child development, play and learning, parenting skills, planning and delivering early childhood education, facilitation and management skills.

Unique within the early childhood sector, Playcentres are cooperatively managed by parents with support from experienced Association and Federation personnel.

How do Playcentre Sessions run?

Sessions are run by parents, either as a group/whole (group supervision) or a specified team (team supervision) with or without a Supervisor dependent on the Playcentre.

Session hours can vary between 2 ½ to 4 hours.

The ratio of adults to children ranges from 1:5 to 1:3.

Once children are settled and at a certain age, most Playcentres allow them to attend without their parents for one or more sessions a week.

Playcentres are free to set their own charges and these vary throughout the country.

Each Playcentre offers three free visits, so come along for a visit and see what we’re all about.