Primary Teachers in Playcentre

In November 2022 the Ministry of Education published a gazette notice stating that the role of Person Responsible for licensing sessions can be a person holding a primary teaching qualification recognised for the purpose of registration with the Teaching Council.

Playcentre Aotearoa also requires primary teachers to complete a “Playcentre Primary Teacher Bridging Award”  as an induction to being Person Responsible in Playcentre.  We acknowledge the wealth of skills and experience primary teachers bring to Playcentre while also recognising that Playcentre is a different learning environment than the primary sector and has a different curriculum and regulations.

From 2 November 2022 all primary teachers holding the Playcentre Educator Award can be recognised as Person Responsible while they complete the bridging award.  From 24 April 2023 (start of Term 2), all teachers must have completed the bridging award to be recognised as Person Responsible.

The bridging award includes three modules of Playcentre Education’s delivery of the NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4):

  • Kia Tākaro | Let’s Play
  • Theory Guides Practice
  • Playcentre and the Regulations

Watch our video (9min) for more detailed information.

Primary teachers holding Course 3 do not need to complete the bridging award.  For primary teachers wishing to support their centre with quality funding, please contact Kara Daly [email protected] with a copy of your primary teaching qualification.  Course 3 continues to be recognised as Person Responsible for Standard Funding and we do not require primary teacher qualifications for Course 3 holders in centres on standard funding.

Playcentre Education is currently undergoing a programme review. There will be an updated version of modules available from 2023.  Teachers who have not yet submitted tasks for Theory Guides Practice should enrol in the updated modules in early 2023.  Those who are currently participating in C-series modules (including C405 and C407) should continue with their current version 1 modules.

All primary teachers in the Playcentre Education database have been emailed details of their next steps towards the bridging award.  Please check your junk mail folder.  If think you should have received an email and have not, contact Kara Daly [email protected] with your name and centre.