Kerikeri Playcentre is located in a beautiful historic building - formerly the local school. We see our centre as an extension of the home for pre-schoolers (age 0 to 6) and promote parents, caregivers and extended family to be the first educators of our tamariki. Our children are supported to become confident, competent self-directed learners through play based around their interests. Our children gain knowledge through play, participation and positive guidance.
Children are able to venture and explore our centre freely - just as they do at home - and you are encouraged to join in. Our Children’s curiosity and creativity is nurtured through the fun range of experiences provided … no two days at Playcentre are the same. Waiata and te reo Māori are also embraced and incorporated into each of our sessions and significant cultural events are celebrated.
Children display a strong sense of belonging and ownership at our centre. The spacious, well-resourced layout offers a wide range of play areas for children to settle into. Opportunities exist for them to form mixed-age relationships while being cared for by responsive adults. Our children develop nurturing and social skills which have lifelong benefits. Siblings attend together, allowing older children to mentor younger children and practice empathy and caring.
Our Tamariki are confident communicators and we encourage them to lead the play, choose where and how they would like to play, and support them by offering safe options and guidance if needed. High adult to child ratios provide numerous opportunities for children to engage adults in conversations, and allow adults to extend our childs thinking through questioning.
At our centre the team of adults plan and initiate a programme together that caters for all age groups. Programme plans are informed by observation of children’s interests, discussion and evaluation. The high adult to child ratio allows a good balance for group and individual support during each session. Playcentre is not just for children - it's a great place for adults to make friends, gain confidence, learn new skills, find help and support and, most importantly, have fun!
|Monday||9.00am - 12.00pm|
|Tuesday||9.00am - 12.00pm|
|Wednesday||9.00am - 12.00pm|
|Friday||9.00am - 1.00pm|