Term 1 Week 7

Term 1 Week 7

Thank you!

This week we celebrated Playcentre during Playcentre Awareness week with a week of getting messy and joining the Teddy Bears in the park for a picnic. Thank you everyone who braved the weather with their teddies to come out and play in the Botanical Gardens last Wednesday. It was great to see so many of you there and good to talk to many new people about Playcentre.

Thank you to everyone who was working hard to raise the Playcentre profile last week. Some of our centres got really behind the messy play campaign and offered wonderful fun messy experiens everyday.

What did your centre do? Did you have your visitors? Share your story here on Facebook. 


Watch out next week for a survey about Playcentre Awareness Week.

A picture is worth a thousand words

Nothing tells the Playcentre story like a photo of tamariki and Playcentre whānau working, playing, thinking at Playcentre. We needs some of these great photos for our website, to share on Facebook and printed promotional materials. We have many talented photographers among our Playcentre whānau and we want to ask you to get your cameras out and start shooting. We need real photos that celebrate the diversity of Playcentre experiences and people. If you use Instagram use the #PlaycentreCPA to help us grow the Instagram feed on the webpage. If you're happy for us to use your photos online, please provide us with permission by filling in this permission form. Email your photos and permission slips to dalene@canplay.org.nz We need photos in portrait as well as landscape format.

Using Facebook to promote Playcentre

Facebook is a very effective and free tool to help us promote Playcentre as well as a communication tool for members. The question is should you have a Facebook page or a group?

For promoting your centre to the wider community use a Facebook page [not a people profile or a place] and for your centre whānau to communicate with each other create a Facebook groups.

Facebook can be used very effectively to organise and communicate. It can also be used for self review discussions and end of session evaluations and ongoing discussions about your children's learning. 

Read here about the difference between a Facebook page and a group.


However  you use it make sure you adhere to your centre's social media policy. See the Facebook discussion about media policy.

The Wild Baby Circus

The wild baby circus is a sensory awareness workshop designed to support adults interested in the play and learning of infants, toddlers and young children. 

Rediscover the value of play and the importance of responding to children’s natural curiosity, movement and imagination. Spark your own creativity and innovation. 

Stuart Guyton is a recipient of the Margaret May Blackwell Bequest, was one of New Zealand’s first early childhood educators to become an experienced RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) practitioner, having been a student at the Pickler Centre in Hungary. Stuart has worked for ECD and the Ministry of Education as professional development coordinator, specialising in infant and toddler education.

Register for the Wild Baby Circus here.

Attention Treasuers

The minimum wage for employees is increasing to $15.25 from 1 April 2016.  Please remember to change your rates on your pay claims for anyone earning under this amount. I have contacted the centres who salaried staff are on less than this amount - if you haven't heard from me please ensure you get in touch as often I only have the session rate and may not be aware of the number of hours worked. For example someone on $60 per session could be working 3 hours @ $20 or 4 hours @ $15.

First Aid qualification

A reminder that all sessions must have a current qualified first aider on session. The three month period after the qualification expires is a period the provider gives you to complete your renewal. This period means, however, that you are not currently qualified. Letters have recently been sent out to those whose qualifications have or are soon to expire, requesting copies of new certificates. If the session has no qualified first aider on session the session must unfortunately close. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Kirsty@canplay.org.nz.

Discretionary Funding forms

Just a wee reminder to send your discretionary funding forms into kirsty@canplay.org.nz on the day of application.

Call for Photos for the 2017 NZPF Calendar

The photographs that are used in the NZPF Calendar are taken by Playcentre people at Playcentre of Playcentre Activities.    

Photos on a disk, hard copy of your photos and signed photo release permission forms are to be received at the CPA Office by the 1st of May 2016.

All centres will be sent a hard copy of the flier on the 14th of March which includes photo criteria and a photo release permission form.

Learning Together Hui

On Wednesday 6 April at 7.30pm we will host a Learning Together Hui at the Canterbury Playcentre Association rooms at 17 Buchan Street. These events were previously called 'Zone hui'. The agenda items include 'marketing your centre' and unravelling the mysteries of social media, facebook, instagram and other ways to get our stories out into the community. All centre members are welcome to attend.   

Please register on our website by Friday 1st of April 2016.


Vacancy at Woodend Playcentre

Applications close Monday 21 March for a Co-ordinator vacancyfor a Thursday session to commence in Term 2 on 5th of May.   Enquiries to Anna Steel.

Children’s Workforce Survey

A better future for vulnerable children is at the heart of both the Children’s Action Plan and the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

The Children’s Workforce Survey is being run by Research NZ on behalf of The Children’s Action Plan Directorate.  We have been asked to distribute this on their behalf and we encourage you to participate.  The survey will help us understand the current workforce and ensure investments in the workforce are focused in the right areas.

Your response will help us build a connected, competent, children’s workforce which works together to respond effectively when things aren’t right for children.

This short online survey will run until 15 March 2016. 

There are two questionnaires in this survey which each take around ten minutes to complete. The links for registration are included below. By registering, you will have the option to save and resume if you’re interrupted while completing the survey.

All responses will be completely anonymous.

1. The individual questionnaire should be completed by staff and volunteers who plan, manage or deliver services to children, or, who plan, manage or deliver services to adults with children and may be in a position to identify child vulnerability. Please access the individual questionnaire here

2.  The organisational questionnaire should be completed by one person on behalf of their ECE service, kōhanga reo or playgroup. This should be the person who is best placed to comment on the ECE service, kōhanga reo or playgroup’s current policies and practices with regard to the children’s workforce.  Please access the organisational questionnaire here.

To learn more about The Children’s Action Plan, and other initiatives such as the Core Competencies Framework and the implementation of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, visit the Children's Action Plan website.

What's on in the wider world?

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.

For sale or for hire

Secondhand equipment for sale from Rangiora Playcentre

Please contact Rangiora Playcentre on 03 313 6968 if your centre is interested in purchasing some secondhand equipment for items listed below before they are loaded onto Trade Me.   All centres have been emailed the items for sale along with photos of the equipment.

  • One science trolley for $100: MDF unit on castors, two drawers at bottom for small items and four shelves to display science equipment.  Top shelf has a lip around it to stop things falling off.  Dimensions: 750L x 710H x 450D.
  • One carpentry trolley for $150 made from high grade plywood, has small compartments in the top to store hammers, nails etc. and a large bin in bottom for wood.  One set of wheels and handle rail for easy movement around the centre.  Dimensions: 750L x 630H x 500W.
  • Two carpentry tables for $50 each  One with wheels, one without.  Could do with a sand back but good solid tables.
  • Two circular tables for $50 each red and blue, 1.2m across, have been repainted.

Free Bouncy Castle Hires and Special Offer for Playcentres

Castle Kings have a special bouncy castle hire offer for all Christchurch Plcentres:-

$70 for 4 hours for any family who is a member of a Christchurch Playcentre
$60 for 4 hours for all Christchurch Playcentres (25% discount)

The first 3 centres to contact Castle Kings get one 4 hour hire for free.

In return 'like' Castle Kings on facebook and post a few pictures of your centre's bouncy castle session.

For more information - https://www.facebook.com/bouncycastle4hire or phone 021 154 5328. See more information here.

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.

See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.

Playcentre Calendar

See the Playcentre Calendar here.

"[Playcentre] It’s good for the whole family in that way. It makes for happy parents too. Because your kids are having fun and you’re part of it."

   - Freemans Bay Playcentre parent.

Posted: Sunday 13 March 2016