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Share the joy of free play

Playcentre is all about playing and learning together. We look at some of the benefits of this unique early learning option.

For optimal development, our children need responsive, loving relationships, a strong sense of belonging and ample opportunities for self-directed, free play. These are the mainsprings of Playcentre – an ECE/early learning option for children from birth to six years. Playcentre is unique because it supports parents and caregivers to play and learn alongside the little people in their lives. 

All about being together, Playcentre helps strengthen parents’ connection with their own child while growing friendships between families in the community. At Playcentre, you will meet other parents and educators and become part of a vibrant village, where children and families grow and have fun together. Mums, dads, grandparents, aunties and uncles, all the whānau are welcome to attend.

Share the joy of free play with your child: watch them thrive in an environment that embraces their ideas and imagination and supports them as they expand their world of relationships. 


  • promises lots of fun
  • strengthens relationships through being together 
  • embraces child-led free play and follows the interests and strengths of each child 
  • offers a wide variety of quality resources and experiences
  • helps establish a strong sense of belonging
  • caters for children from birth to six years, meaning children develop greater awareness of each other 
  • provides a safe, secure, supportive environment
  • offers high adult : child ratios
  • helps children grow relationships with other responsive, trusting adults.


  • provides an opportunity to push ‘pause’ on your usual routines and play alongside your child
  • supports you to be involved in your child’s learning
  • provides a network of friendship and support 
  • helps boost your confidence as a parent 
  • offers a free accredited NZQA education programme for those interested in developing further their understanding of child development and their parenting skills
  • provides fun social occasions for the whole whānau 
  • presents opportunities to take on new responsibilities and learn new skills.


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 5,700 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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