Term1 Week 3

Term1 Week 3

In this panui you will find information about

Playcentre Awareness Week - 6 - 12 March

The theme will be 'Good Clean Fun' and we're planning to celebrate that with 5 days of messy play! Become a Messy Play Expert in five days! Read all about the campaign here.

See some of the events that's on offer at our Playcentres to help celebrate and promote Playcentre Awareness Week. If you would like to have your event for Playcentre Awareness Week added to this list email the information to dalene@canplay.org.nz.

On Wednesday 9 March, rain or shine, we'll play and celbrate Playcentre together in Hagley Park! See more information here.

What is your centre planning for Playcentre Awareness Week? Share your ideas here on the centre member forum.


We've set up an Instagram feed on our webpage to feed photos of Playcentre. Thanks Kirsty from Avonhead and Gerardine from Redwood to kick this off for us. Have a look at the awesome feed here. If you have an Instagram account help us to grow this fee by adding #PlaycentreCPA to your photos.

Fire drills

Please complete your file drills next week (22nd to 26th Feb) and log the data here or email it to kirsty@canplay.org.nz

Our training stories

We often hear what a difference training makes in a centre or in a students personal life. We would like to capture these important stories for our website and invite potential students to have a go, shine and improve quality on session for their children like you did. Email stories with photo to education@canplay.org.nz Thanks!  

Self review workshop

Self review is an amazing reflective tool designed to improve outcomes for children on session. We have organised a workshop on Thursday 25th February 7.30-9.30pm at CPA offices to assist your centre into making this a fun, meaningful experience. Register now on our website

Vacancies at Playcentre

We have two vacancies at Playcentre. One job as a Property Project Coordinator to help us manage all the building projects; and a Communications Officer to help us to write stories about Playcentre and their whānaua. You can see more information about both jobs here.

Book your workshop

Course 4, Course 3 and one Course 2 block workshops are now open for bookings. You can register for these workshops on our website.

Education programmes will be posted on the Canterbury Education Facebook page as soon as they are finalised. Please share these posts on your centre Facebook page. We want to see many centres take on training this year!  

What's on in the wider world?

Children's Day at Spencer Park on Sunday 6th March from 11am-3pm

This free event encourages many families and friends to take time out together and have some FUN.  The event will offer a range of stalls and activities and entertainers for children and their families to enjoy.  Please bring your own drink bottles as there is limited access to water facilities.

Playcentre Awareness Week: Opening of new fort area at Redwood Playcentre

Redwood Playcentre is opening their new fort area on Monday 7 March at 4.30pm at 40 Dunedin Street, Redwood.  Come and join the celebrations followed by a potluck BBQ dinner (meat provided).  All welcome!

KidsFest 9-23 July 2016 [Term 2 School Holidays]

Kidsfest 2016 is celebrating 25 years of inspiring, educating and igniting the creative spark in young people. Kidsfest is a great way to raise your centre's community profile, promote your centre and attract new members.

If you would like to participate please email Nicky at office@canplay.org.nz before Friady 11 March with details about your event.

Playcentre to do list

  • Self review: Decide on a focus and gather information
  • Ensure civil defense kit is up to date
  • Get ready to apply for the Rata foundation grant - email Jenny@canplay.org.nz with any questions.
  • Fire drills in Week 4 - These are to be completed the week of the 22nd to 26th February. Please put reminders up at your centre to hold these on each session of that week at 10am.

See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.

Playcentre Calendar

  • 18 February - Nathan Wallis presentation - The tickets are sold out - we will start a waiting list for a subsequent event
  • 2 March - Te Mana Whakahaere [Governing Council] Hui
  • 6-12 March Playcentre Awareness Week
  • 8 Playcentre Awarenss Week Teddy Bear's Picnic

There are two things we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings.

- A wise anonymous person


Posted: Friday 19 February 2016