Happy children engaged in play
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.
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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.