Play group in new role
Mataura play group is now Mataura Playcentre after receiving its licence to become a registered playcentre. The parent group at the playcentre had been talking about becoming registered when they decided to put in the work and do so. As part of becoming a registered playcentre more work was involved for the parents and a trainer mentor was introduced to the supervisors. Trainer mentor Angela Langley said the biggest step for the parent team was to begin planning systems and to continue working on the extra paperwork that was involved. ‘‘We’ve just had three girls pass on course one of the playcentre diploma in early childhood teaching,’’ she said. The playcentre has a duty team of three parents rostered on each of the two days it is open and Ms Langley said she would stay on for as long as the centre needed her. Her role would finish when parents of the playcentre achieved level three or higher of the playcentre diploma. There was presently 10 families with children enrolled and Ms Langley said the centre would love to see more fathers involved. ‘‘The kids respond so well to someone they can rough around with,’’ she said. The playcentre is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm.
Stepping out: Kelly School of Jazz dance pupil Georgia Dinan, 10, who won the Jazz Dance New Zealand Scholarship at practice last Thursday with fellow dance students.