Mixed aged sessions for tamariki aged 0-6 years and their whānau. These sessions are fun for the whole family and offer opportunities for tamariki and their whānau to make friendships that last a lifetime.
Playcentre endorses mixed age play and encourage tuākana–tēina relationships, as it allows children to engage and guide others, older and younger than themselves and become part of, and contribute to, society as a whole. Older children learn how to communicate, teach, share and negotiate with empathy for their younger peers while younger children are stimulated by playing alongside, learning from and observing older peers.
This allows Playcentre to offer a child initiated programme based on the individual child’s strengths and interests.
Supervised sessions for children aged 2.5 years and older. These can be run either by volunteers, or paid staff and provide an opportunity for older children to be challenged in a supported and familiar environment, and build on their social competencies as well as a chance for busy parents to have their child cared for by familiar faces.
In these sessions we bring our tamariki closer to nature by hosting sessions at a range of local spaces. These sessions incorporate Papatūānuku into our play and foster a deeper connection to local spaces such as parks, forests, beaches, maunga and rivers, while maintaining the high ratios and sense of belonging fostered at our Playcentres.
Become more comfortable and confident in using te reo Māori by attending one of our bilingual sessions. In these sessions you and your child will be supported to korero Māori and gain a deeper understanding of Te Ao Māori through play, waiata and friendship.
Playcentre becomes part of your whānau, and that doesn’t end when a child moves on to school. These sessions welcome Playcentre graduates back to play, reconnect with friends and share their exciting adventures at school and beyond.
With a focus on providing safe and stimulating environments for our babies, these sessions may be run by Playcentre whānau, or by one of our experienced Programme Facilitators. These sessions are an incredible way to build connections with new parents in your community and enjoy new play experiences with your pepi.
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“Really great quality education for your little ones and a supportive network for your whānau, that is so much greater than you can anticipate at the beginning”.