Term1 Week 9

Term1 Week 9

Governance cluster zone hui

In the last week of this term we will have Governance cluster hui in the four council area

  • Waimakariri: Woodend 7.30 Monday 11th April
  • Hurunui: Amberley 12.30 Tuesday 12th April
  • Selwyn: Lincoln 7.30 Wednesday 13th April
  • City: Association 7.30 Thursday 14th April

On the agenda will be

  • An update on the restructure information
  • Strategic stragegies to grow Playcentre in Canterbury
  • Employment at Playcentres
  • Association financial progress report

Please RSVP for the above hui here.

Childcare: How are the children doing?

The Brainwave Trust Aotearoa recently completed a literature review about the effects of childcare. They share their findings here from the child's perspective. With all the conflicting information about what's best for young children, the Braiwave trust provides us with a sobering view on the research.

Playcentre Awareness Week survey

We are interested to hear how effective the Playcentre Awareness Week promotion was for your centre. Please provide us feedback by completing this short online survey.


Please discuss any centre employment changes with your centre support person in the first instance, before changes are actioned. If a position for a coordinator becomes available on any session this position must be advertised and applicants interviewed, following the steps of the employment process. Once the successful applicant has accepted the position, and prior to commencing employment, please notify Kirsty (kirsty@canplay.org.nz) of these changes on the Change of Supervision Approval Form, attaching copies of qualifications if a new employee. If there are changes to employment to centre cleaners or administrators please notify Kirsty before these changes are actioned.

Learning Together Hui

A reminder about the Learning Together Hui on Wednesday 6 April 7.30 at CPA. Looking at Marketing our Centres and the Tools we can use. Open to all centre members. Please register here.

Orders for 2016 Journals and 2017 Calendars

A reminder that centre orders are due at the CPA office by Wednesday 30 March please, either by mail office@canplay.org.nz or phone 377 2540. The Journals are $2.00 each/per issue and the Calendars are $8.00 each. If the office does not receive a reply from your centre, you will receive the same number as last year.

National ERO reports

The ERO gather information on their visits to Early Childhood Centres and publish these as a National Reports discussing good practice. The most recent publication is on Mathematics and Children's Safety and Well-Being care earlier this year. CST will bring you a hard copy of this document.

These reports are very informative and very useful in self review.

Currently the ERO is gathering informationa about nutrition and physical activity at centres. Their review questions would be interesting to discuss at a centre meeeting, reflecting on how things work at your centre.

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.

Playcentre vacancies

See all Playcentre vacancies 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.

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Taking the child's point of view demands good will, time, and effort on the part of parents. The child is the clear beneficiary. Parents who make the effort to understand their children's point of view are likely to treat children fairly and in an age-appropriate manner.

    - David Elkind

Posted: Wednesday 30 March 2016