Our vision

“Howick Playcentre is a family co-operative with a holistic approach to early childhood education. Child initiated play and parents as first educators are of paramount importance. Our centre prides itself on being a welcoming, friendly, culturally diverse centre. We provide a safe, nurturing and creative environment for children and whanau, and are committed to biculturalism. This means that our children’s education is at the heart of our centre community.”

Playcentre offers you

  • Fun & friendship in your community
  • Learning through play with your children
  • Licensed early childhood education
  • Quality play environment
  • High adult : Child ratios (1:3)
  • Free adult education(NZQA)
  • Mixed aged sessions – birth to age 6
  • Big Kids session for age 3.5+ on Fridays
  • 3 Free visits for your family

Our sessions

We are open from 9am-12pm Monday-Friday (Big Kids Session on Fridays, age 3.5+). All preschool children in the family are required to attend a minimum of two sessions per week, although you may attend additional sessions when space is available. An adult from the family is required to actively participate on session each of the minimum two sessions.

Our tamariki (children)

Children learn through play! On any given session at Howick Playcentre, you will find a nurturing environment where our tamariki are supported to play, explore, discover, create, and grow. We believe that child-initiated play allows children to become confident and competent self-directed learners. Our dedication to the Playcentre philosophy means that our children are continually making and strengthening warm relationships with adults and their peers.

Our family cooperative

Our parents and families are actively involved with the running of our centre and our sessions. Adults are supported on their Playcentre journey as they grow their knowledge of early childhood education through the Playcentre Adult Education programme, which enables us to run high quality sessions and to self-license our centre.

When you step inside Howick Playcentre you are no longer just a parent, you are an educator to all of the children. Each family/parent holds a role within the centre, to help run the centre efficiently and is offered a wealth of support during their journey being a part of a parent co-operative.

We hold bi-annual working bees, end of term clean ups and many fun and relaxed social events for the whole family.

Find out more or contact us Email: [email protected]


We offer 3 free visits before you join

Address & Contact

98 Nelson Street
[email protected]
09 535 5565

Open Times

Monday 9.00am - 12.00pm
Monday 12.30pm - 3.00pm Space Session
Tuesday 9.00am - 12.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 12.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 12.00pm Outdoor Session
Friday 9.00am - 12.00pm

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