Playcentre offers support to parents and caregivers at a time in their lives that can be amazingly wonderful and incredibly stressful. Parenting and caring for pēpē and tamariki is a big job, and from Playcentre’s aim from its beginning has been to bring parents and whānau together to support and awhi adults as parents and kaiako (educators).
Support is both informal and formal – from the manaakitanga of being welcomed with a hot cuppa while someone else holds your pēpē to seeing how other adults interact with tamariki to listening to the more experienced kaiako speak with children to conversations with other parents about children’s learning, to more structured workshops on specific topics (eg “How do I support this energetic and boisterous child of mine while retaining my sanity?!”)
For parents of babies, check out our Infant Programmes here – these are a chance for parent and pēpē to learn alongside each other with parents of similar aged babies.
At Playcentre, ako sits at the heart of our practice. Ako is the concept that learning and teaching go hand in hand. Playcentre’s Māori name is “Whānau Tupu Ngātahi” – families growing together – and this describes the support Playcentre gives to parents and caregivers as they care for the tamariki in their lives.
Because our learning journey is never over, we encourage parents to take part in the excellent educational opportunities available through Playcentre.
Our NZQA programme provided for adults within Playcentre supports the informal learning taking place in a centre, leading to an expansion in parenting and early childhood education skills for anyone keen to learn.
It’s a community of support, friendship and learning for children and adults. Great lasting memories are made and sets children up for the playbased collaborative learning schools that are becoming more integrated in all our communities. But mostly it’s fun and messy!
Build a village …. great way to get to know people in a new area. Awesome play, some great education so you learn alongside your child.