Welcome to Ashridge Road Playcentre! We are located in Napier South and have been part of the local community for over 40 years. We are a cooperative-run Centre with a large open plan play area inside including a cosy library for our tamariki and whānau to enjoy.
We have an extensive selection of activities for tamariki to enjoy including paint, clay, carpentry, cooking, blocks and a great range of musical equipment. Tamariki are free to choose which areas interest them in and are supported to extend their knowledge as they plan and learn. Our outdoor area features a shaded play area with a sandpit, movable playground equipment and a mud kitchen.
We strongly believe in the Playcentre slogan “whānau tupu ngātahi- families growing together” so we welcome all whānau to come and learn alongside the tamariki. We have regular field trips and social events which our families get involved in and we support parent education within the Centre. Our Centre is run by us for us and quickly becomes like a home away from home.
We are the only Playcentre in Hawkes Bay that offers a Young Child session (Wednesday afternoon) where tamariki aged 3 and over join together for lunch then to explore, create and play. We are also the only Centre locally to offer an outdoor Papatuanuku session on Thursday mornings- an all-weather outdoor-based session that allows tamariki to learn and play in the natural environment. Our general sessions on Monday Tuesday and Friday mornings welcome tamariki aged from 0 to 6 and we share a healthy morning tea at these.
Feel free to come in and visit! A warm welcome awaits you and your family.