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With over 420 Playcentres across New Zealand there is one in your neighbourhood.
Inā kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe i hea, kei te mohio koe. Kei te anga atu ki hea
If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going
“My original concern with Ruby was that she wasn’t making friends that well. She goes to daycare but never talked about people, so I really wanted to see how she was in action, with everybody else… Ruby has flourished here and every day she’s asking, ‘when am I going to Playcentre?’”
My partner, he makes us all breakfast every morning, which is a very nice start to the day! And their smiles, that keeps me going. You often get the comments, you know ‘double trouble’, ‘good luck to you’, things like that, but the occasional, very rare ‘you are doing a good job’. Yeah, that feels good.
“First thing, when I came into this country with Anish, he was a bit fretful because of the long hours of flight. He got a bit upset at the Auckland Airport, and we were supposed to go into quarantine. The officers there were lovely, they just came in all the way to help, to see that I’m OK, you know, bringing a child and all that luggage. They were just lovely.”
I think it’s the juggle of trying to keep your family happy, with everything else you are trying to do. When you don’t have children or a family, you just do what you want to do. So that not being able to do what you want to do when you want to do it; I found that really hard for the first year.
I don’t know half these women and I came in this morning, having a really hard morning and I just got cuddles and, you know, they were just like ‘just go be with Max’ and that’s just what I needed.
I live six houses around the corner. If I’m not working, I’ll go round to their house about 8 o’clock in the morning, help them get ready for school and Playcentre then sometimes I’ll just stay on at their house, do a few dishes.
I guess I had kind of bought into the perception that kids are inconvenient and annoying and a burden and difficult. I think I probably picked that up from media and I hadn’t really interacted with other babies much, so I didn’t really know what the reality was, but he’s such a blessing, and so sweet and not at all what I had believed him being. It’s just been way better than I thought, it’s really rewarding.
“I have social anxiety before, even in the Philippines I have that, but now, because this is the only group I join in – so this is my second home – yes, my social anxiety, I overcome it while talking to them [other parents].
“Sometimes it’s just the tiredness, as an older mum; … Playcentre has forced me out of the house when you don’t want to socialise, and you’ve got other mums to talk to, which is good ‘cause otherwise you’d get stuck in a rut”.
“At the beginning, when he born, he had severe allergies. He has a peanut and cashew allergy, so here – I love it here, as it’s nut-free Playcentre! I’m a full-time mum at the moment, especially for all his allergies, I’m looking after him. I have to prepare all his food for him, cause he’s got egg, dairy, cashew, wheat, soy… so many.”
Those moments when your kids reach something. Like, Angus was very shy and reserved and would cling to me. This year he suddenly opened up and is making little friendships. Just seeing him in the sandpit with his wee mates, for like half an hour and not even come to me. It’s amazing being able to witness that.
“My children have a whole village of like-minded parents who know their every likes and dislikes as if they were their own children, and I have beautiful friends who are like sisters and taught me how to be a mum! I am forever grateful for my village.”
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.