Play group in new role

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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.

Photo: NI­COLE SHARP / FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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