Term 1 Week 11

Term 1 Week 11

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
  • 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 note that the Hurnui hui at Amberley on 12th April has been cancelled since we did not receive any registrations. Centre whānau from the Hurunui district are welcome to attend any of the other governance cluster hui.

Please RSVP for the above hui here.

A wild time at Playcentre

When Wild Wednesdays roll around, the families at Avonhead Playcentre head outdoors for a morning of boundless exploration. From orienteering at The Groynes, to clambering over rocks at Cave Rock, to leaping waves at Waimairi Beach, the eleven little explorers – and their parents – have been having a wild time. Read the story here.

New faces at the association

During the last term we appointed two new people at the association - Kate Barber as Communication Officer and Maree Thwaites as Property Project Coordinator.

Kate is a current Leithfield Playcentre member. She is an avid writer and a freelance editor and proofreader. She has the fun job of writing stories for Playcentre. If you have a great story at your centre contact Kate to share your story with the wider world. Read Kate's story here.

Maree's job is to help centres manage through property projects big and small. Maree has already been out and about meeting people at centres talking to them about the propery projects.  Maree is a past Prebbleton member. She has a Architectural Draughting diploma and recently worked as a project manager for earthquake repairs.

The New Health and Safety Act

Are you concerned about how the new Health and Safety Act will affect Playcentre? Listen to this excellent expert view explanation.

Are you breaking even?

Is your centre financially sustainable? Do you wonder how many children you need on session to break even? Or how many sessions a week you need to cover your costs? Download this excel tool to help you discover the answers. 

Promoting your centre

Are you working at growing your centre membership? Read how to use the followign three strategies to help you promote your centre

  • Change our story
  • Get noticed
  • Span boundaries

Self regulation

Self-regulation is not simply self-control. It is the ability to manage our energy states, emotions, behaviour and attention: the ability to return to a balanced, calm and constant state of being. It's also a key task for our tamariki to master in the early years. Read how you can support your tamariki to master self-regulation.

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.

Halswell Quiz Night?

Fancy a night out? Halswell Quiz night Sunday 17th April. Book your table now.

Fundraiser for Rolleston Playcentre

Fundraiser for Rolleston Playcentre

Handstamped bracelets for Mothers Day - $20 ($5 to Rolleston with each order)
A personalised bracelet for Mum custom stamped with your own message for Mothers Day on 8 May and every day after.   To support Rolleston Playcentre and receive 10% of all products please visit www.mettleandheart.com and enter the code ROLLYPC at checkout.  Orders must be placed by 29 April.  

What's on in the wider world?

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Learn signs you can use every day.  It's FUN and it's FREE!

Deaf Aotearoa is holding FREE NZ Sign Language taster classes during May, as part of NZSL Week 2016 (May 9th-15th).  

NZSL taster classes are tailored to schools and ECE providers, so children get a fun, interactive introduction to NZSL.  They are extremely popular with only a limited number available.  To register 
http://www.deaf.org.nz/tasterclasses 2016.

For more information visit www.nzslweek.org.nz

Hika Lite E-Learning Language Application

The MoE has partnered with Hika Group to support Maori language in early learning for:

  • young children and their families, and
  • early childhood education services and staff

ICT is part of many children's lives and can be a vital way to advance education for our youngest learners and their families.

They are offering your ECE service, staff and enrolled families' FREE access to Hika Lite, an e-learning Maori language application for 15 months to help teachers and families use Maori language in early learning environments and at home.

For more information please visit www.hikagroup.com

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.


What is Bellyful?  
Bellyful has 18 branches nationwide, Selwyn is the newest branch which opened in July 2015.

Bellyful volunteers make and deliver meals to families with newborn babies and families, with young children, who are struggling with illness, particularly those lacking a good support network.  

For more information (or to refer yourself or a friend) for this free service please visit www.bellyful.org.nz or phone 0508 Bellyful.

Playcentre to do list

See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.

Playcentre Calendar

See the Playcentre Calendar here.

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The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.

   - Erik H. Erikson

Posted: Monday 11 April 2016