Term 2 Weeks 7-10

Term 2 Weeks 7-10

Exploring the wide world at Leithfield Playcentre

Leithfield is a small village some 40 minutes north of Christchurch with farms and orchards, rivers and the beach, mountains and forests close by. Starting by visiting the special properties of Playcentre families, the kids have been exploring the local environment and getting to know their turangawaewae. And having lots of fun with their friends! Read the #CoolStory.

Te Wiki o te reo Māori 2016

Maori Language Week July 4-10 2016 is going to be positive, relevant, energetic, fun and exciting! It will show New Zealand that there is a place for the Māori language in our stadiums, on our sports fields, in the news and the ever growing realm of social media. It will also show the country that te reo Māori is a language for all New Zealanders.

The theme for this year is ākina te reo – behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

Continuing with last year’s approach, there will be 50 phrases in te reo Māori that are simple to use, even for those with little or no grasp of the language. Click here to download a poster with the 50 phrases.

Let's make it a Playcentre challenge to see how many phrases we can master in a year. Let us know how you are making progress.

Urgent! - RS61P's

The MoE RS61P's are in the post today (Friday 1 July 2016) to all centres and some Babies CanPlay Facilitatorsfor completion and return to the CPA Office by next Friday the 8th of July please.
Apologies for the extremely short deadline, this is due to the school holidays, date due back at MoE/Wellington and CPA only received the documentation this morning from MoE.
Please contact your Centre Support Team member if you need assistance in completing this form, thank you.

Education programmes

Have you registered for workshops in Term 3 yet? Popular demand, means these workshop will book out quickly. Don't wait,  click here to register online to secure a place.

Ready for a new challenge? Enrol for Course 3. It will help you to understand Playcentre even better and learn how you can support your and other tamariki in their play and learning. And the good news. If you start early in Term 3 you can complete Course 3 by the end of the year.

Many of our centres had great succes with hosting a Course 2 block to session. Contact your CST or an education team member to talk about how you host a Block 2 programme. Course 2 is great way to build the strength of  your centre.

Block 2 Course 2 programms for term 3 include  in Diamond Harbour, Redwood or Rolleston. All on session, different days. Register on our website. You can also find next terms Course 3 and course 4 programme.

A catering fundraising opportunity

The Education team has a fundraising opportunity for an interested centre.  It is to prepare pack lunches for members attending a conference here in Christchurch 11-13 August.  The lunch is required Sunday morning ready for people to take with them.  The budget is $10 per person and we expect around 50 participants.  Please contact Jen Wells if your centre is interested. 

Playcentre Email Address Set Up Reminder

A reminder to centres to please log into Office 365 as soon as possible to change your temporary password as set up by NZ Playcentre Federation.  

Canterbury Playcentres already have their own email addresses through gmail, xtra, hotmail etc; your centre is welcome to keep this if you prefer and Meagan the Federation Secretary - secretary@playcentre.org.nz can organise a redirection for the @playcentre.org.nz to go to your email address.   

Please also let the CPA office know when you have changed your password and what email address your centre will be using, thanks.

Centre news

Congratulations also to Redwood Playcentre for winning a bookcase from participating in the recent 'Great Jennian Crusadeas well as receiving a visit from three Crusaders (Nemani Nadolo, Kieron Fonotia, Pete Samu) and staff members of Jennian Homes on the 22nd of June.   The centre provided croissants and bagels for breakfast, decorated their premises in red and black and the tamariki created shields for this special occasion, ka pai everyone. Read their story here.

Wage claims

Don't forget to get your wage claims in before the end of term.

Walking Festival 2016 – 24th September-9th October (term three school holidays)

If your Playcentre  would like to be involved in the walking festival for 2016 can you please contact Anna Steel, anna@canplay.org.nz or 03 3772540. We would need to hear from you in by 3rd June so we can proceed with planning.  

The City Council have hosted one Planning meeting so far and are welcoming ideas and expressions of interest from Playcentre. Below are the ideas that have been discussed to date:

What we have confirmed so far walk wise is:

  • Wednesday 28 September - Wild Wednesday Walk - Avonhead Playcentre - venue options discussed either Halswell Quarry or Vic Park or the Groynes (option to link to CCC Rangers for short talk)
  • Wednesday 5 October - Pukeko Stomp at Travis Wetland including walk and Storytime

Ideas for other pre-schoolers walks includes:

  • No date yet - Gruffalo themed - self guided walk/activity - Bottle Lake Forest - link with CCC Library Team and others??
  • Nature Play area in Prebbleton
  • 4x set course orienteering courses at Halswell Quarry, The Groynes, Spencer Park and Victoria Park
  • The Bot Gardens do activities every holidays - self guided "Pollination Families" - targeted to a slightly older audiences 5-10 years

Kid's Fest

KidsFest : 9-23 July 2016

More FM Lantern Parade : Celebrating KidsFest's 25th Anniversary 
Saturday 9 July from 4.30-6.30pm

The More FM Lantern Parade is taking an exciting, exploratory night time journey through central Christchurch from Cathedral Square to the Margaret Mahy family playground via Cathedral Junction and New Regent Street.    Parade departs Cathedral Square at 5.30pm.

Bring along your own creations, whether it's wearable light art, lanterns, glow sticks or torches.  New Regent Street and Cathedral Junction will be lit up along the route and the Isaac Theatre Royal are illuminating their facade for the occasion.  Margaret Mahy family playground features amazing lighting, entertainment around our feature lanterns, food and beverage stalls plus free hot chocolate from the More FM crew and of course kids can play.    Dress up warm.

Funfest Playfest 
Playcentre events for KidsFest are advertised in the KidsFest booklet and website, as well as the CPA website

  • KidsFest Booklet

        Pink Section - Arts, Crafts & Creativity on Page 26, title is Funfest Playfest
        Playcentre's listing in the booklet is a generic blurb (due to a word limit) - it directs you to the KidsFest 
        or CPA websites for the various individual Playcentre events

  • KidsFest Website

        Pink Section - Arts, Crafts & Creativity 
        In search box enter Funfest Playfest
        Click read the rest
        Scroll down to find the Playcentre events

  • CPA Website - for registrations

        Book It
        @A Centre

Documentation for centres participating in KidsFest will be sent out in the next few weeks.

If your centre would like to hold a KidsFest event please contact Nicky at the CPA office on 377 2540 or email office@canplay.org.nz before Friday the 24th of June.


Doodles by Debbie Ball
Beautiful little doodle colouring postcard books created by Debbie Ball.
Each book contains 18 postcards suitable for adults and children to colour, professionally printed by Copy Press of Nelson.  Currently selling through Facebook page or a few are on Trademe
$12 each, or only $10 each in quantities larger then 2 books.
Please email Debbie - ballfamily@slingshot.co.nz or contact the CPA Office to peruse an email example.

What's on in the wider world?

Shu's Song is coming to Christchurch
Follow Shu's discoveries as Shu finds and interacts with new places and objects.


  • 31st October and 1st November at the Isaac Theatre Royal
  • $9 per student; one adult free with every 10 paying children
  • 45 minutes long
  • Two shows per day - 9.30am and 11am

Book online at Capital E National Theatre for Children

IMAGINE Youth Theatre presents Pinocchio at the Elmwood Auditorium from 12-23 July.   Sessions are at 11am and 1pm.   

This 50 minute show is full of song, dance and theatrical magic suitable for 4-14 year olds.  

www.dashtickets.co.nz or 0800 484 2535

CCC Neighbourhood Week : 28 October to 6 November 2016
Neighbourhood Week is about bringing people together, so why not organise a local gathering to get to know your neighbours, community, family group or sports team!

As part of its support for Neighbourhood Week, your local Community Board is making small subsidies available towards neighbourhood gatherings.

If your centre is interested (CCC area only), please visit www.ccc.govt.nz/neighbourhoodweek for details on how to participate and ideas for getting involved.  Applications close on Friday 19 August at 5pm

Playcentre to do list

See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.

Playcentre calendar

See the Playcentre Calendar here.

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We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

Max de Pree

Posted: Friday 1 July 2016