Update 2 April 2020

Playcentre’s Virtual Village is live. Playcentre at home; resources, ideas and support for you and your whānau during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Kia ora koutou  

As we enter the second week of lockdown, we have developed a new section on our website with a number of resources, as a way of supporting you, your tamariki and wider whānau during this surreal time of isolation.

In this section are resources for your tamariki and also for you as parents and caregivers. Please ensure that during this unsettled time you look after yourselves, support each other and stay connected.

It is heart-warming to see Playcentres throughout Aotearoa displaying manaakitanga with children, whānau, centre members, and their community. This is a time when it really shows, as we all come together.

It is great to see you sharing with your members and other Playcentres, ideas, activities and resources. Virtual Village is a collection of ideas that have come from Playcentres and Playcentre members and we encourage you all to continue to contribute to it and make use of the ‘send us your story’ function.

Once again thank you for all you do for Playcentre. Please look after yourself, your whānau and those around you during this time.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Virtual Village features

Playcentre at home blog

We will be posting daily activities, inspiration, whakataukī (Māori proverbs) and stories from our Playcentre village as we all participate in Playcentre at home together.

Today’s activity comes from Park Road Playcentre and involves framing natural resources. What treasures can you find around your backyard to create a beautiful picture with?

Every Wednesday we will also be posting a previous Playcentre Journal edition for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

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Resources for tamariki

There is a section dedicated to providing resources and play ideas during this time.  These include the following with some examples:

Ministry of Education play ideas (adventure and junk play, collage and music).

Play resources from Playcentres (box play, water play and playdough).

Recipes for play (finger-paint, slime and gloop).

Te reo Māori resources.

Audio books.

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Resources for caregivers

There are a range of resources including articles, online resources for adults and videos from Neuroscience Educator Nathan Wallis.

Follow us on social media

During this time, follow us on our social media outlets to access resources, ideas and see what other Playcentre members and centres are up to.


We would love to hear how you are going during this time

  • How are you keeping active during self-isolation?
  •  How are your little ones and how are they finding self-isolation?
  •  What are your little ones keeping busy with? Tell us about their adventures?
  •  What tips do you have for anyone who may be struggling?

Whether it is funny or serious we would love to hear your isolation stories.

Share your story

Contact name*


Your centre (if a centre member)

Your story* (up to 500 words)


Please send all stories and photos to [email protected]

Thank you, we appreciate you sharing and supporting the village during this time. You may have just made someone else’s day that little bit easier!