Haere mai and a very warm welcome to Eastside Playcentre

The proverbial village is not dead – it’s alive and well at your second home – PLAYCENTRE!

Playcentre is unlike any other early childhood education organisation. At Playcentre, parents / caregivers attend alongside their children and come together to plan with the specific interests, personalities, ages and passions of that specific group of children.

Each child is given the chance and freedom to explore, create, climb, read, sing, experiment, play music, wear costumes, paint, garden, bake and cook, build sandcastles, swing, slide, dance, spend time in nature and best of all – get messy!! How liberating! The different areas of play are inviting and encourage children’s participation. Children are able to freely choose how, where, with what and for how long they play.  This has been described as child-initiated play or self-directed play.

No need to pack a lunchbox at Eastside, each session a parent is rostered on to make a healthy morning tea (sandwiches & fruit) for the children. Easy peasy!  This is just one of the unique qualities of our centre which fosters a deep sense of belonging and togetherness. We also offer other long loved traditions like our gathering song, karakia, visits from Mr Whitlock an elder in our community, treasure bag at the end of session, birthday and graduation celebrations and a special portfolio scrapbooking your child’s Playcentre journey.

The wonderful activities Eastside Playcentre offers changes every single day. Playcentre parents all bring different skills, interests, and cultural backgrounds to add to the rich learning environment. We go on exciting trips to extend learning, and also welcome guests to speak or teach us new skills at centre. We mark important occasions for example; Matariki, Christmas, Fathers and Mothers Day and we are very open to learning about new traditions.

Playcentre welcomes families with children aged 0 – 6 years. Mixed age play allows children to engage with others older and younger than themselves creating a unique family to belong to. Tamariki learn how to communicate, share and negotiate with empathy for their peers.

Parents are the first educators of children, and Playcentre fosters and nurtures the involvement of whānau through this very special environment. Children can attend with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver and extended family are welcome to visit anytime.

Becoming a member of Eastside Playcentre means becoming a member of a team. It requires commitment, dedication and responsibility.  These things are vital to the long term running of the Centre.  We are a licensed Early Childhood Education Centre, funded by the Government, which means we must achieve and maintain Government standards and procedures.

As a family, and as a community, you’ll build your own village with Playcentre, and you are guaranteed to make life-long friends along the way. Passion and commitment is required, but the reward is huge for this quality time in the early years! What you put in you will definitely get out.

We look forward to meeting you and your whanau. Contact us to arrange a no obligation visit.

We offer 3 free visits before you join

Address & Contact

10 Matarawa Street
[email protected]
06 343 9816

Open Times

Wednesday 9.00am - 12.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 12.00pm

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