Term4 Weeks 1-3

Term4 Weeks 1-3

Take a walk on the wild side!

What do 3-7 year olds need to learn?

Walk to Playcentre

Playcentre is important

Become a more effective Playcentre member

Babies CanPlay Facilitator training

Fire Drills in Term 4

Policy review

Creative Junk

What's on at the association

Take a walk on the wild side!

It's AGM time

The AGM is arranged for Tuesday 29 November 7.30 at Hagley College cafeteria. Please note that it is one week later than originally planned.

Arrive early at 7pm for a cuppa and a yarn. The theme is 'Take a walk on the wild side'. Let's dress up and have some fun. There will be prize for the most creative wildest bunch!

Nominations for Te Mana Whakahaere / Governing Council
Completed nomination forms and supporting information must be received at the Association Office - email office@canplay.org.nz by Monday 14 November to be considered at the AGM on 29 November 2016.

Hard copied nomination forms were posted to all centres on 18 October 2016.

What do 3-7 year need to learn best?

Friday 28th October, 7-9 pm @ Te Hāpua Halswell Centre, located at 341 Halswell Road

Do you wonder whether your children will get all they need at Playcentre. This presentation by Nathan Wallis will alleaviate all your fears and leave you confident in your choices! Nathan will talk about how the huge emphasis placed on the development of literacy and numeracy in education, many people assume that the 3 and 4 year old is basically a little 7 year old, and a watered down more basic version of the 7 year old curriculum is appropriate. It's not and he will share what the unique and specific learning and developments needs are for children in this age group. Nathan is a fantastic speak - both knowledgable and entertaining. And the best news is Playcentre families get a free ticket. Email jen@canplay.org.nz for your free ticket. Don't miss out as this presentation will not be repeated in the near future.

Further tickets can be purchased at the Playcentre Shop.

Walk to Playcentre

It's big, it audacious and it's just a little crazy. We've got big plans to share our Playcentre story for Playcentre Awareness Week in 2017: We're going to walk 650 kms from Kaikoura to Akaroa to tell people about Playcentre. Read all about it here.

Playcentre is important

Last term Leithfield Playcentre whānau invited Miriam McCaleb to share her knowledge and wisdom about raising young children. Miriam said

"Playcentre supports us to realise how 'normal' most of our mothering struggles are. Playcentre is such an important part of our landscape – being in a Playcentre makes me so proud to be a New Zealander!’ "

Read more about the visit here.

How to become a more effective Playcentre member?

Playcentre makes more sense once parents have completed Course 2. The next step, Course 3, is about becoming an effective member in your Playcentre co-operative. A new group starts 30th October. Make sure you are part of this! You can find all our training programmes on our website where you enroll or on our Canterbury Playcentre Education Facebook page. 

Babies CanPlay Facilitator training

Are you looking for a new challenge and enjoy having fun with babies and working alongside adults?

You are welcome to come along to a workshop if you have C4 or C3 and actively working on C4 on how to facilitate a Babies CanPlay Session at the CPA Office, 17 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch on Saturday 19 November from 12.30-4.30pm.

Please register online at canterburyplaycentre.org.nz; Book It; @ The Association or for enquiries please contact Linda by email - linda@canplay.org.nz

Fire drills term 4

A reminder to complete the last of this years fire drills in the fourth week of this term. As the Friday is a public holiday (show day), please start drills on Friday 4th November through to Thursday 10th.

Policy Review

The last policy for review this year was due to be completed in September - Policy #22 Alcohol & Mind Altering Substances Policy. If you haven't yet reviewed this policy, please put this on your next hui agenda to discuss and minute. If you have any feedback please send this into kirsty@canplay.org.nz

Creative Junk

CPA has membership for Creative Junk which entitles all centres to access this not-for-profit early childhood resource centre for a wide range of cheap and reusable resources/materials for creative and imaginative happenings in your centre.
u visit Creative Junk at 25 Disraeli Street, Addington, Christchurch, let them know which Playcentre you are from and you will receive a card which enables you to fill an average sized supermarket or reusable bag for $5 (members) or $8 (non-members).

Creative play makes happy children!


What's on at the Association?

Twinework Creations Event

Come along and have fun with Lynley and Jen from Twinework Creations at the CPA Office on Thursday 3 November at 7.30pm while they demonstrate their exciting range of natural resources designed to encourage and extend preschoolers learning.  Resources include rakau, twine, feathers, stones, shells and hessian.


Please register online.

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: Tuesday 25 October 2016