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Putting play first

Playcentre is a parent cooperative that offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to be involved with their child’s learning. 

At Playcentre, adults play alongside their children. A child-centred programme based on your child’s fascinations, strengths, and interests allows you to encourage children as they interact with others. You will meet other parents and educators and become part of a fun, vibrant village where community and a sense of belonging are at the heart of everything we do.

Mums, dads, and all whānau, including grandparents, aunties and uncles, and other caregivers, are welcome to attend Playcentre with the children.

Good for your child… 

  • A child-centred programme based on the individual child’s fascinations, strengths and interests
  • A high adult-child ratio
  • A rich variety of quality play and learning resources and experiences
  • Caters for age ranges from zero to six so that the whole family can come to Playcentre together
  • A safe and secure environment
  • Positive and sustained interactions with other adults.

And good for you… 

  • Support as a parent
  • Involvement in your child’s early childhood education
  • Confidence in yourself and your parenting
  • Friendship with other parents and caregivers
  • A free accredited NZQA education programme to develop parenting skills and understand how children learn and develop
  • Whānau social occasions
  • Opportunities to take on new responsibilities and learn new skills
  • A sense of community and belonging.

As one mother said, “I played and learnt alongside my kids till they went to school. The friendships we made as a family are priceless. Playcentre was our village. I didn’t just watch them grow; I grew with them”.

Every Playcentre offers three free visits, and you’re welcome to go along for a visit and see what they’re all about! There are over 420 centres throughout New Zealand, so there is sure to be one near you.


Sleep safe, my baby

SIDS and Kids New Zealand is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families. The organisation delivers on its vision through world-class research, evidence-based education and bereavement support, and advocacy.

Remind everyone who cares for your child:

  • Sleep baby on their back
  • Keep head and face uncovered
  • Keep baby smoke-free before and after birth
  • Safe sleeping environment night and day
  • Sleep baby in a safe cot in parents’ room.

SIDS and Kids provides a range of safe sleeping education and support services as well as a national 24-hour sudden infant death helpline. 

0800 164 455 / sidsandkids.org.nz

Grandparents raising grandchildren

Are you raising your grandchild or someone else’s child full-time? Do you need help getting access to financial support for their needs? Are you stressed and struggling with challenging behaviour? Do you need someone in your corner who understands what you are going through? 

If yes, you are not alone. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ (GRG) supports over 5,500 member families nationwide to raise resilient and healthy children. GRG provides information, support, advocacy services and trauma-informed caregiver education workshops designed to help empower you and reduce stress in your lives. Call 0800 GRANDS (0800 472637) and join GRG today.


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