Happy chil­dren en­gaged in play

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

Gig­gling could be heard right across the Mata­mata Do­main last Thurs­day as chil­dren gath­ered to cel­e­brate Play­cen­tre Aware­ness Week.

While the rain held off, the de­lighted squeals were the re­sults of face paint­ing, danc­ing, draw­ing, build­ing and much more. The ex­cite­ment reached an all- time high when Doogle the Dog from Mish Mash TV ar­rived.

The chil­dren, from Mata­mata, Te Poi, Hin­uera, Wal­ton and Wa­haroa play­cen­tres, smoth­ered him with friendly hugs and were ea­ger to show him all they had been do­ing.

Te Poi Play­cen­tre or­gan­ised the event which is held ev­ery two years.

Vice- pres­i­dent An­gela Roskam said it turned out to be a won­der­ful day for all in­volved and it was good for the dif­fer­ent cen­tres to min­gle.

‘‘It was fan­tas­tic and we had a lot of new in­quiries about play­cen­tre which is great,’’ she said. ‘‘This is about in­vest­ing in our chil­dren and fo­cus­ing on the time we put in for our kids.’’

Play­cen­tre is for chil­dren aged un­der 6 years to come and learn, have fun and make friends.

With ex­pe­ri­enced ed­u­ca­tors at all sites, there is a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment for any child to gain knowl­edge through play, par­tic­i­pa­tion and pos­i­tive dis­ci­pline be­fore they head off to pri­mary school.

For more pho­tos of the ac­tion visit www.mata­mata chron­i­cle.co.nz, reg­is­ter for free, then read the ex­tra e-edi­tion pages.

Time for a hug: Doogle the Dog was a high­light at the Play­cen­tre Aware­ness Week held at the Mata­mata Do­main.

Choo Choo: Hunter Dud­son, left, and Adam Mowatt spent the morn­ing play­ing with the trains.

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