Welcome to Playcentre in Canterbury


A place where people come together. A space for children from 0-6 to learn and grow. An opportunity – for kids and for grown-ups – to play! Read some of the Playcentre stories.


Stepping through the door at Playcentre is like stepping back into your childhood. Time for play, getting messy and having fun. Have a look at what a Playcentre day looks like.


Wondering if Playcentre might be right for you? Playcentre is for everyone. Different people get different things from Playcentre. Read these parents' Playcentre experiences.

We offer high quality, research-based whānau-led early childhood education programmes in Christchurch, Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui.

At Playcentre you will find other parents, grandparents, caregivers playing and learning together alongside their tamariki. Everyone brings their own set of experiences, knowledge and talents to Playcentre and together we make an unstoppable creative co-operative force offering rich play and learning experiences for our tamariki, supporting each other and growing stronger communities. There is no other organisation for early childhood education quite like it in the world.

Read their stories here

Playcentre is all about connecting with children’s lives. 

Being in a Playcentre makes me so proud to be a New Zealander!

Playcentre head outdoors for a morning of boundless exploration.

Connecting with the wider community takes a centre on new tracks.

Playcentre offers friendships and new opportunities.

Bonding over conversations about toilet training, tantrums and tractors.

Whānau tupu ngātahi - Families growing together