Term 3 Weeks 3-5

Term 3 Weeks 3-5

Cool story: My community

Playcentre isn't a particular activity or subject to learn; nor is it simply a place you go or a date in the diary. For Bec and Paul Playcentre is a second home, an extension of their family and the heart of their community. For their daughters Isla and Annabella it is a place where ‘anything is possible’.

Read their story here.

NZ Playcentre Federation Data Collection Week : Annual Statistics

29 August to 2 September 2016
All centres will be posted on Thursday 18 August hard copy documentation for completion and return to the CPA Office either emailed to office@canplay.org.nzor posted to PO Box 7787, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240 by Friday 16 September 2016 please.

Babies CanPlay sessions at Playcentres documentation will be posted also to some BCP facilitators on 18 August.

Laptops or other devices at Playcentre

Please note this message from the Federation:

Part of the restructure included the intention to apply for grants/donations for computer hardware such as laptops or tablets, unfortunately this is not currently a priority so we are encouraging Centres to apply for grants or donations if they have the ability.  We don’t have any specific recommendations for specs for the hardware, however we do suggest centres ensure that the hardware will be able to run the necessary applications such as the SMS system, Xero, Office 365 etc.

Illness at Playcentre

A reminder that if you or your child has a case of vomiting or diarrhoea that you must remain absent from Playcentre until 48 hours after the last bout. Please remember that you must contact your centre when absent.

Fire drills

Please email your fire drill data to kirsty@canplay.org.nz

Fundraising & Grants

Community Post / NZ Post
NZ Post support community organisations and the valuable work we do through Community Post.  As in past years NZ Post is donating postage included envelopes to not-for-profit groups to help with your community projects.
Online applications open 1 August and close at 5pm on 31 August 2016.

Resource for Centre Library and/or Fundraising
'The Little Grey Cat and the Shiny Red Balloon' publication
This picture book is targeted at children between three and nine years old.  It teaches the key and relevant themes of friendship, joy and freedom as well as the value of helping others through the friendship.  
RRP is $14.99, centres are able to purchase at $9.99.  For every book sold a portion is donated to the SPCA.    The books can also be used as a fundraising tool.
If you would like to purchase copies please email Sherin Jacob/Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme -
plutonium.yes@gmail.com or visit website :

Tupperware Lunch Boxes

By placing an order for some colourful and handy lunch boxes or drink bottles, or booking your own Tupperware party, you can raise funds for your centre.
10% of all sales will be donated along with $10 for every Tupperware party booked.
If your centre is interested in this opportunity or would like some brochures please contact Olivia Mitchell on 021 168 7110 or emailoliviamitchell222@hotmail.co.nz

What's on in the Playcentre world?

Fundraiser for Russley Playcentre
Quiz night on Wednesday 14 September, 7pm at One Good Horse Restaurant in Withells Road, Avonhead.  

What's on in the wider world?

Proposed Changes at Ministry of Social Development
Disestablishment of Childcare Co-ordinator Role at WINZ
MSD is consulting with employees on some proposed changes to childcare co-ordination services and it is "proposed" that the childcare co-ordinator role be disestablished. The childcare co-ordinator role has changed significantly since it was first established in 2004 and a large portion of the role's transactional work has already been centralised.  MSD is proposing to centralise the remaining transactional ability and are working through their approach to provide a continued level of customer service. At this stage the changes are only proposed.  No decisions have been made.  MSD expect to know the outcome in September with further details to be provided at that time. What impact do you feel this will have on our service at Playcentres?

To provide feedback to Penny Rounthwaite/National Commissioner please visit www.workandincome.govt.nz (WINZ National Office) and also to Jill Clyne/WINZ local office - jill.clyne002@msd.govt.nz, thank you.

Canterbury A&P Show 2016
The 154th Canterbury A&P Show will take place on Wednesday 9 November to Friday 11 November this year and centre members are warmly invited to visit the Show on Wednesday 9 or Thursday 10 November (from 8.00am to 5.30pm) as an invited school group booking of ten or more at the following heavily discounted prices:

School Children 5-16 years                 $5.00 each (gate price $10)
Pre-School Children                              FREE
Adults - Teachers/Helpers                    $14.00 each (gate price $27)

Applications and payment for discounted Show tickets must be received no later than Friday 23 September 2016. Please note there is a change in the ticketing process this year. Tickets will be emailed to you in October (once payment has been made) and you will be required to print these in black and white and bring them to the Show. If you have queries please contact Bindy Grace on 343 2136 or email bindy@theshow.co.nz.  You can also visit www.theshow.co.nz
All centres have been emailed an invitation letter including Show tickets application form.    If you require a hard copy please contact the office by emailoffice@canplay.org.nz or phone 377 2540.

Fundamental Movement Workshop
Learn how you can help your child be active and healthy throughout life!
Clearview Primary would like to offer parents and caregivers the opportunity to come and learn about Fundamental Movement and Physical Literacy.  Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in ensuring their child is provided with ample opportunities to develop physical literacy.
When :                 Wednesday 31 August, 6pm
Where :             Clearview Primary School, Rolleston
What to bring :  Please wear active clothes for practical sessions, pen and paper
To register please email amym@clearview.school.nz by 26 August.

Co-ordinator Vacancies

Please visit www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz for current job vacancies, the latest vacancy posted is at Kaikoura Playcentre, applications close 26 August 2016.

Playcentre to do list

See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.

Playcentre calendar

See the Playcentre Calendar here.

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Posted: Friday 26 August 2016