Play­cen­tres put par­ents in their place as kids’ first teach­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

If you are look­ing for some­thing new to do with your baby or young child this year, then go along to any of the five play­cen­tres in the Mata­mata area and find out what it is that keeps peo­ple re­turn­ing for more each year.

Play­cen­tre mem­bers are ea­gerly await­ing the end of the sum­mer hol­i­days. Why? The real strength of play­cen­tre is that it ac­knowl­edges and sup­ports par­ents as the first and most im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tors of their chil­dren.

Play­cen­tres are co­op­er­a­tively man­aged and su­per­vised by par­ents with sup­port from ex­pe­ri­enced As­so­ci­a­tion and Fed­er­a­tion per­son­nel.

They de­liver the na­tional early child­hood cur­ricu­lum Te Whariki and are par­tially funded by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘ It re­ally is a won­der­ful place for all mem­bers of the fam­ily to build life-time friend­ships.

‘‘And along with the parental sup­port, the skills you learn from the free train­ing can lead you to many job op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ said Jac­qui Cal­laghan, pres­i­dent of Te Ako­ranga Play­cen­tre As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘ I’m also look­ing for­ward to see­ing how much all the chil­dren have grown up and what their in­ter­ests, strengths and chal­lenges are now,’’ she said.

‘‘Par­ents do a great job of ed­u­cat­ing their chil­dren and them­selves and get a great deal of fun out of be­ing at Play­cen­tre, learn­ing and grow­ing to­gether.

‘‘ Come and ex­plore your child’s world by vis­it­ing one of nearly 500 play­cen­tres na­tion­wide and join your chil­dren play­ing and ex­plor­ing in the wa­ter, paint­ing, play­dough, craft, build­ing and sand­pit play, along with the var­i­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties that all play­cen­tres of­fer.’’

To con­tact your lo­cal play­cen­tre, see www. Play­cen­tre. org. nz for cen­tres in your area.

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