Term 1 Week 10

Term 1 Week 10

Five days and countless ways to play

Read how Lyttelton Street Playcentre embraced the Playcentre Awareness week Messsy Play week to get messy and invited many new whānau to join in the fun. They had a whopping 10 new families visiting in one week! Kia mau ki te mahi pai Lyttelton Street Playcentre whānau!

Read more stories here.

Facebook challenge

How many friends can you invite to like our Playcentre in Canterbury Facebook page? Kate Barber [our new Communication officer] set the bar high with getting 15 likes from her friends. The challenge is on. How many friends can you get to like our Facebook page?


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.

The importance of education

Parents follow Playcentre training for different reasons: for themselves by learning new skill sets, their children by acquiring tools to support their learning and to support their centre. Centres with a high number of people in training have a nice buzz, tend to be more innovative and deliver high quality sessions. Each centre needs at least a combination of Course 2 and Course 3 parents to meet licensing requirements and receive bulk funding. It is important to have a good number of parents in training to stay sustainable and vibrant.

Ideally every parent should complete Course 2 as this Course is about making sense of Playcentre. Our current aim is to see all parents complete Course 1, 60 % need to complete Course 2, a further 40% Course 3 and 10% Course 4 to keep our organisation viable.

Attached are graphs where you can see what your centre achieved over 2014 and 2015. The centres with a lot of 'red' did well last year. Contact alex@canplay.org.nz if you would like to discussion how we can support you and your centre with your education aspirations. 

Need Educational Resources?

A large range of hands-on educational literacy and numeracy games and activities can be borrowed from Helen's Educational Resourcesfor up to 1 month at a small charge.

Resources are ideal for home schoolers, as a headstart for preschoolers, ESOL, children with ORRS funding, children and young adults with learning disabilities, remedial work primary to intermediate.

Contact details:-
Helen Battersby, 5 Bullock Place, Ilam, Christchurch
358 9494 or 027 206 1883 or visit www.helens.education

Education holiday programme

The training programmes for next term are out. Check our websitewww.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz and follow the education tab>bookings for Course 4, Course 3 and Course 2 workshops in Somerfield (holiday programme), Shirley, Woolston and Leeston.

Daylight saving and smoke alarms

A reminder to turn your clocks back an hour this week and the fire service recommend this as a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms, as well as making sure they are free of dust.

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.

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.

What's on in the wider world?

PreNatal and Mums & Bubs classes at Grassroots Yoga & Health Studio at The Tannery, Woolston

PreNatal Yoga 
Every Sunday 11am-12.15pm - no need to book, come when you can

This class offers expecting mums the opportunity to practice specialised yoga focused on relaxation, stress management, building strength and stamina, supporting general flexibility and circulation, while alleviating common aches and pains often associated with pregnancy.

Mums & Bubs Yoga

Every Tuesday 11.30am-12.30pm - no need to book, come when you can

This class offers a gentle practice to assist and encourage mothers and babies to interact and be active together on the yoga mat.  Through adapted and baby inclusive yoga postures, this class will work on reconditioning your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, stretching and strengthening your back, releasing tension from the shoulders alongside opportunities to relax and restore the body and mind.

For further enquiries please refer to website http://grassrootsyoga.co.nz or call 389 8113.

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

See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.

Playcentre Calendar

See the Playcentre Calendar here.

Find us online

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And at the end of the dayyour feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.

  - Shanti

Posted: Monday 4 April 2016