Playcentres put parents in their place as kids’ first teachers
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.