Festival of Learning 2021

Play workshops to inspire you to learn new play ideas that you can take back and share with the tamariki at your centre and at home.

Haere mai, nau ki te hui ahurei ākonga – the Playcentre Festival of Learning!  The Playcentre PLD and Education teams, with funding from ACE Aotearoa, are bringing a series of Play Days and online learning events to you as part of the national Adult Learner’s Week (6-12 September).  In fact, there is so much learning that we are spreading the festival out over six weeks so that we can make it across Aotearoa. 

Playcentre is about our whānau growing together and these workshops give parents, grandparents and caregivers in Playcentre the opportunity to grow and learn as kaiako.

What’s happening? 

A series of fun play workshops and online Zoom hui for adults in Playcentre.  Some of the topics on offer:

  • Science
  • Blocks
  • Poi and Pepeha
  • Ephemeral Art & Natural Collage
  • Uku Clay
  • Under 2s
  • Maths in Early Learning
  • Messy Play
  • Carpentry

These workshops and online Zooms will inspire you to learn new play ideas that you can take back and share with the tamariki at your centre and at home.

We will also take this opportunity to recognise over seventy Playcentre Education graduates across the country.

Can I bring my children? 

Young babies are welcome.  These workshops are aimed at celebrating and growing adults within Playcentre.  Please team up with your centre whānau to share care of other children so that adults can be fully involved in the workshops as learners.  

Are these workshops part of the Playcentre Education programme (eg PIA)? 

No, these workshops are short workshops just for your own learning.  They’ll give you a taster of what the Playcentre Education programme offers though!  Playcentre tutors will be on hand to help you learn more about the Playcentre Education programme and how to enrol.

When and where?

Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Whakatāne, Rotorua, Gisborne, Napier, New Plymouth, Masteron, Hutt Valley, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Oamaru, Queenstown and Dunedin. With more locations still TBC. Here is the list of play days confirmed so far

Region 

Location 

Workshops 

Date and time 

UNI 

Auckland 

Ephemeral Art & Natural Collage 

Early Maths 

Kōrero mai – weaving Te Reo Māori into play 

 

21 August 

North Shore 

Kōrero mai – weaving Te Reo Māori into play 

 

Blocks 

 

Science 

18 September

Whangarei 

Clay/messy play 

Collage/Paint and other art mediums 

4 September

Mid North 

Clay/messy play 

Collage/Paint and other art mediums 

 

11 September

     

CNI 

Hamilton 

Maths 

Carpentry 

Science 

18 September

Tauranga 

Water 

Science 

Weaving te ao and te reo Māori into play.  

18 September

Rotorua

 

 

 

 

Collage 

Paint 

 

 

4 September

 

 

 

Gisborne 

Clay 

Carpentry 

Blocks 

14 August

Taupō 

Under Twos 

Clay 

Science 

Crayon and die 

4 September

LNI 

Wellington 

Poi and Pepeha 
Ephemeral art and Natural Collage 
Uku Clay 

28 August

Hutt 

Poi and Pepeha 
Sand and Water 
Infants and Toddlers 

Sat 4 September

Stratford (Taranaki) 

Painting 

Collage 

Clay 

Sat 11 September

Whanganui 

Painting 

Collage 

Clay 

Sat 25 September

     

Wairarapa/ CHB 

Waiata, Sand, Clay 

Fri 27 Aug with tamariki 

USI 

Nelson 

Waiata 

Clay 

Painting 

Carpentry 

Junk construction 

11 September

Christchurch 

Rūaumoko 

Fire and Ice  

Sat 4 September

     
     
     

LSI 

Dunedin 

Imaginative play, Storytelling and waterplay 

4 September

 

 

 

     
     
     

 

How do I register? 

A registration link for events in your region are available here: (they have also been emailed to your centre email address)

Upper North Island Playday workshop registration 2021 click here

Central North Island Playday workshop registration 2021 click here

Lower North Island Playday workshop registration 2021 click here

Upper South Island Playday workshop registration 2021 click here

Southern South Island Playday workshop registration 2021 click here