Playcentre in Canterbury 228955 en-nz Canterbury Playcentre Association 30 Growing Great Gardens at Russley Playcentre Gardens can be places of work and play, of collaboration and inspiration. 048, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Panui No.16 2017 As there year disappears quickly and the amalgamation process gains more and more momentum, we are discovering still so much to achieve. The aim of all staff of CPA is and always will be - to provide the best service possible so centre whanau can play with their tamariki. This is the very essence of Playcentre. Play. Have Fun. Enjoy the children and delight in their ages and stages! 047, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Parents’ Messy Play Makes for a Great Day At Playcentre we are obsessed with ‘messy play.’ It’s the kind that’s grimey and gooey, icky and sticky, but oh so much fun. 046, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Rolleston's Fairy Garden The recent construction of a fairy garden at Rolleston Playcentre has ignited imaginations and extended play for the centre’s tamariki. Kendal Partridge told me about the inspiration, the construction, and the impact of this magical project. 045, 6 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Finding Your Way When You’re New to Playcentre For parents, starting at Playcentre can be a bit like beginning a new job. There are new faces, routines, responsibilities, and a way of doing things that takes some time to get used to. 043, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Playcentre Families Tackle Twenty Walks in Twenty Weeks Two enthusiastic parents from Rangiora Playcentre, Kirsty White and Gemma Grinder, have been busier than most over the past 20 weeks, walking twenty well known Canterbury tracks. Inspired by Catch Fitness’ 20 Week Challenge, they’ve also chosen to blog about their experience. 042, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Telling Your Story Everyday, everywhere, amazing things happen at Playcentre. Online media - whether Twitter, Facebook or WordPress - means that all of our stories can be shared easily, both within our own communities and beyond. 039, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Panui No.15 2017 Term 3 is drawing to a close but still plenty going on. Read on to find out about some fun school holiday happenings, education opportunities and an important meeting being held early term 4. 039, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Panui No.14 2017 Here is the latest Good Chat going on in Playcentre. Don't forget to be checking the CPA website for all the latest information and updates. Take advantage of the spring days - find an explorer session or how about take the children out and about on a trip. 037, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Rolleston Playcentre Thrives Through Parent Leadership While some Playcentres choose to employ a paid coordinator, others rely on the leadership of a group of dedicated parent volunteers. One Playcentre thriving through such leadership is Rolleston. 036, 9 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No. 13 2017 Have you been enjoying this gorgeous spring sunshine? In this issue of the Playcentre Panui you will find what one adventurous centre did in the winter holidays, all the latest workshops to help navigate your centre to the top and a yummy healthy fundraiser. Read on! 035, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Got a problem? Let's solve it From time to time we will have to tackle problems heads on. Not all problems are the same. Problems can be simple, complicated and complex. Understanding what type of problem you are dealing will help you to find a solution for your problem. 034, 26 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Landsdowne Terrace’s Winter Camp In the July school holidays - when the weather was particularly miserable and most people were shuttered up inside - a group of Landsdowne Terrace Playcentre families opted for something a little bolder, a trip together into the Canterbury foothills. 034, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No.12 2017 Even though it poured down yesterday and floods threatened in places, we can see the signs of spring fast approaching - a really exciting time of the year! In this issue of the panui you will find cool Playcentre stories and things to do to keep centres running smoothly. Happy Playcentre days! 033, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 A New Centre for Tai Tapu For many families with young children, Playcentre is a much loved part of everyday life. For parents it provides a community, a support network, and a steadfast sense of belonging. For tamariki, it’s one of the few places where they can meet, play and explore freely. 032, 8 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Lincoln Playcentre’s Triple Twins The chances of having twins are about 1 in 33. The chances of having three sets of twins in the same small Playcentre are considerably more remote. At Lincoln Playcentre, however, this phenomenon is a weekly occurrence. 031, 1 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No. 11 2017 The year is half way through and still much to do. Is you centre working towards whanau led sessions? To support this vision there are numerous course 2 workshop blocks being offered all over the province. Please consider taking part to gain all sorts of new knowledge and skills. Read on to find out where. 031, 1 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 ‘Wrapping’ about Playcentre with ten year old Tessa Marshall Ten year old Tessa Marshall is a shining example of the influence Playcentre can have, even long after early childhood has been left behind. 029, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +1200 A Small and Mighty Playcentre Dunsandel is a tiny farming town on the Canterbury Plains, just south of the Selwyn River. Because the local population is so small, sustaining the Playcentre takes a lot of effort. But that didn’t stop Dunsandel from putting in a stunning 17km leg in the recent Greatest Game of Tag. Katharine, the secretary at Dunsandel Playcentre, describes some of her experiences belonging to such a small centre. 026, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No. 10 2017 How does your centre operate? In this issue, read about being a cooperative Whanau Led Playcentre. Next week is General Hui time and then you and your tamariki can wind back for two weeks and recharge the batteries. 026, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1200 South Brighton's Reo Rua Sessions Earlier this month I was lucky enough to visit South Brighton Playcentre’s recently established Thursday bilingual session. I was curious to know how it differed from other Playcentre sessions, and hoped to be inspired by the truly bicultural partnership happening there. 025, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No.9 2017 Week 7 - this term is racing on. In this issue you will discover its Matariki time and cool ideas for celebrating this special event. Get your sparkle on! Read on to find out about the challenge laid down in Education! Winter weather can be special too. Rug up and go explore the outdoors, Enjoy! 024, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Inspiration for Matariki Last week St Albans Playcentre hosted an timely play workshop. Promoted as an ‘Inspiration for Matariki’, the session was themed around the celebration and facilitated by Jen Wells from the Canterbury Playcentre Association. 024, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Being a Playcentre Dad Traditionally dads have made up a minority of parents on session. Oxford Playcentre dad and centre Co-president, Salvo, is one of many fathers actively changing this. His enthusiasm for Playcentre is boundless, and he’s keen to see more dads get involved. 022, 1 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No. 8 2017 Week 5 already - and winter on Thursday! Read here what's coming up and what needs to be done. 022, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Celebrating Our Playcentre Shop Christchurch’s Playcentre shop is tucked away in a quiet-ish corner of Sydenham. I popped in on a miserably cold Autumn afternoon thinking that I would peruse the shelves, chat to the staff, and leave ready to write a sweet little story about the experience. I’ve always been a fan, there’s no denying that. I could write a long list of reasons to go there without thinking twice. However this time I came away from my not-so-brief visit with a much deeper appreciation for the shop and its valuable role in the Canterbury Playcentre community. 021, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No. 7 2017 I am continually impressed by all the amazing, talented and dedicated people I deal with at centres - people committing their time and energy to creating awesome experiences for all our Playcentre children - from joining in the Education programme to supporting others to achieve, taking care with patience and kindness. You are all stars! Keep up this fantastic effort - its what make Playcentre strong. I hope all the Mums were treated to a special day on Sunday. In this issue you will find heaps of information - education matters, all about Matariki and lots more. Read on. 020, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Nourishing Communities Communities are built and strengthened through the sharing of kai. Whether it’s something made at home, or something snatched from the shelves of the supermarket in a hurry, the gift of food is always appreciated. There’s no better time to share food than in a period of transition and need. At Playcentre, providing home cooked meals to families with newborns reduces the stress so that everyone can focus on making the new addition feel welcome. 019, 8 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No. 6 2017 Welcome back to Playcentre. Holidays are always fun - however we have hit the ground running again today - there is so much we want to achieve this term. As Association staff we wish to support, nurture and grow each and every one of our Canterbury centres to be the best they can possibly be. If you or your centre needs support on the Playcentre journey - please ask. If we don't know we can't help! In this first issue of the panui for Term 2 you will find loads of things coming up - read on. Above all - enjoy all that the autumn season has to offer and have FUN out there! 018, 1 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 The Travelling Playcentre Korowai Those of you who participated in Canterbury Playcentre association’s recent event The Greatest Game of Tag may have noticed the korowai, the ceremonial Māori cloak, being passed from one centre representative's shoulders to the next as the game proceeded across Canterbury. Intrigued by the korowai’s splendour and significance I asked its creator, Jackie Wadsworth from Kaikoura Playcentre, about it. 018, 30 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1200 I found my village Playcentre was always on my radar- my mum took me as a kid. My main memory is shared apple slices bobbing in water and mums with perms. I met my best friend at Playcentre and we used to sneak off to practise bad words together. 015, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Bringing Pasifika Music to Playcentre Talofa lava, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, talofa ni, mālō e lelei, ni sa bula, greetings, tēnā koutou katoa! 015, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Panui No. 5 2017 Wow - only 4 more days of term one! Time has raced by with heaps of cool stuff, fun and mahi happening in our centres. In this last issue of the Panui for Term 1, you can find information on grants available to apply for, surveys to complete to help us improve services to centres, and a few compliance checks that needs taken care of. In the holidays - take a break, experience the Autumn season, enjoy your awesome tamariki, and maybe even spoil them with some chocolate from the Easter Bunny. Happy Easter everyone! 014, 6 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1200 The Greatest Game of Tag Tag: a childhood game of playfulness, speed and cunning. Pouncing out from behind door frames and fences, bounding across open spaces, grass stained knees, all accompanied by screeches of laughter and cries of ‘you’re it’. These are also things I associate with Playcentre. 014, 3 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Sensory Walkway for Rangiora Inspired by a blog post shared on their facebook page, members of Rangiora Playcentre recently decided to make a sensory walkway for their centre. With the help of the Playcentre community and the generosity of Woodend Nursery, they’ve since created something truly special. Playcentre parent Esther Small filled me in on the details of the project. 013, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Panui No. 4 2017 In this issue of the Canterbury Playcentre Panui you will find links to lots of cool stuff that happened on GGOT - The Greatest Game of Tag. Check it out! Find out about visiting Essie Rest Home and we need your help with a quick survey. You will also find useful information about grants, first aid and much more. Take a look. 012, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Grandparents at Playcentre At Playcentre we celebrate the involvement of parents but what about the grandparents who also attend sessions? Whether supporting the occasional fundraiser or as important caregivers and regular attendees, many grandparents play a significant role in our organisation. 012, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Rata Grants Information to assist you with your Rata Grant application. 011, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1300 COGS Information to apply for the Community Organisations Grants Scheme. 011, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Expert Explorers On the first, thankfully warm, day of autumn six Playcentres from across the city opted to do a little offsite exploring together. Avonhead Playcentre had put out an invitation to join them at Cave Rock, Sumner for their regular ‘Wild Wednesday’ explorer session. Always keen for an outdoor adventure, Elliott and I tagged along. 009, 4 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Panui No. 3 2017 Its been Playcentre Awareness Week and in this panui you can see how we in Canterbury have been celebrating and raising our profile with the Greatest Game of Tag. Keep checking Facebook to keep up with the Game and come out to Play! 009, 3 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Term 1 Week 5 In this panui you can read all about the exciting celebrations for the Greatest Game of Tag....Are you in? #Cool Story from beautiful Akaroa, up coming workshops and how the Playcentre community is rallying together for one of their own. 008, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1300 All Together in Akaroa Nestled beside the picturesque Akaroa harbour, Akaroa Playcentre provides a place of connection for families originating in every corner of the globe. I recently touched base with Erin Neufeld about her experiences being part of this special Playcentre community. 008, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Term 1 Weeks 1-4 In this Panui you will information about the Greatest Game of Tag, cool stories about doing Course 2 and St Albans making magic Playcentre balls to get ready for The Greatest Game of Tag, sign up for a Playcentre leadership programme, a to do list for Term 1 and information about discretionary funding applications. Happy reading! 008, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Making Magic in St Albans Over the last week or so, the Canterbury Playcentre Association has been delivering jars of baking ingredients to local centres. Contained in the jars is almost everything needed to create magic Playcentre bliss balls, a delicious and easily made raw snack. The idea is to inspire some delectable play and to promote The Greatest Game of Tag, which is part of upcoming Playcentre Awareness Week events. Leah from St Albans Playcentre filled me in on the magic that went down at their centre earlier in the week. 007, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Doing Course 2: A Learning Story At the end of 2016 I finally completed Course 1, Playcentre’s introductory course for recently enrolled parents. Ambitiously, I had signed up to cram Course 2 into the last week or so of the summer holidays. Now it had arrived I wondered what on earth I was thinking, giving up precious child free time to learn. Why didn’t I just go to the movies and eat two chocolate covered ice creams? Actually, I love learning and I love Playcentre. Who am I kidding? 006, 7 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Finding Our Place As we wrap up the year with Christmas festivities, and I wonder if my almost two year old will be as afraid of the Santa at the Playcentre Christmas party as I apparently was at his age, it seems like the ideal time to reflect on our Playcentre journey so far. 052, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Term 4 Weeks 5 - 10 In this panui you will find information about cool Playcentre stories, giving us feedback to review our communication and marketing strategy, and information about using Basecamp next year. 051, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Playcentre Pitches In When most of the country was rudely awakened shortly after midnight on November the 14th, Christchurch residents were immediately aware that the quake was huge but that it was centred elsewhere. We are all amateur seismologists these days. 051, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Kia Kaha Kaikoura In the wake of the devastating 7.8 quake, one family launched into action, and have raised over $6000 for Kaikoura – inspired and driven by the principle, ‘it’s not hard to be kind aye’. St Albans Playcentre mum, Leiani Reardon-Hepi talks about the resonance of her father’s one-liner, as numerous others have embraced, indeed worn, the message. 049, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +1300 A New Home Across Canterbury, indeed the country, people have banded together to support those worst affected by the recent quakes. This is not a story about the devastation caused or about the many efforts and initiatives unfolding to support those in need. It is, however, a story about two Playcentres connecting and supporting one another – when, as a result of the earlier onslaught of quakes, one Playcentre lost its home. 048, 20 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +1300 In Their Element Following the example of their peers from Avonhead, the families at Prebbleton Playcentre are committed to getting out and about every Wednesday, regardless of the weather. Inspired by the interests and abilities of Jimmy (4), the outdoor sessions have opened up new possibilities for all the children. Jimmy is 'in his element' - and he is not alone! 045, 5 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Term 4 Week 4 In this panui you can read about Redwood Playcentre playing with fire, important information about the Walk to Playcentre, AGM information, a vacancy for a graphics designer, and more. 045, 2 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Playing with Fire Looking ahead to Guy Fawkes and summer barbecues, parents with young children are alert to the dangers that fire presents. The idea of preschoolers 'playing with fire' is alarming, indeed disturbing. However, two sessions held recently at Redwood Playcentre have been about kindling kids’ natural curiosity about fire, igniting their imaginations – and teaching them about being safe. 044, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Term4 Weeks 1-3 In this panui you can read about the Canterbury Playcentre Association AGM - we're dressing for it!, the Nathan Wallis presentation on Friday about what 3-7 years old need to learn, the big 'Walk to Playcentre' campaign for Playcentre Awareness Week 2017 and much more. 044, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Spring Chickens The arrival of spring has brought new life to the free-range learning opportunities on offer at Leeston Playcentre. Since the doors opened for Term 4, the children have been captivated by a trio of spring chicks who have made Playcentre their home. These feathery additions will help with composting for the centre’s new gardens, and support the kids as they learn about caring for animals. 043, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Building a Car This story is about more than connecting wood and fabric and cardboard with glue and nails to build a car. It is about the special connection between Isabel (3) and the grown-ups in her life, especially her dad, Brent, who suffers from Motor Neuron Disease. In its own way, Isabel’s car affords Brent access to a world that would otherwise be beyond his reach – the endless world of play as it evolves in his beloved daughter’s mind. 042, 9 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Q&A and Plenty of Play - with Miriam McCaleb On 12 September, teacher, writer and parent, Miriam McCaleb, joined families at Leithfield Playcentre, along with parents from around the community, for a casual, yet highly engaging discussion about all things parenting – covering topics like separation anxiety, sibling rivalry and self care. 039, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Weeks 6-8 In this panui you can read about how West Melton Playcentre spans boundaries collaborating with their local school, information about excursions and discover new fundraising ideas. 038, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Big Buddies 15 senior students from West Melton School visited the Playcentre as part of the William Pike Challenge. After playing with the Playcentre tamariki, they picked up the vacuum and mop and gave the place a thorough clean. Many had attended Playcentre when they were little, and it was a chance for them to give back - like James (12) who loved visiting his old Playcentre and playing with baby brother Hamish (1). 038, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Monster Sale, Amazing Gift For the families at Landsdowne Terrace and Linwood Playcentres, a garage sale on August 27 presented the opportunity to ‘play shop’ and generate funds, as well as pick up some treasures along the way. For the families at Landsdowne Terrace it was also an opportunity to support another centre: at the end of the morning, they gifted their share of the $1700 raised to Linwood - to support the centre as it looks to grow. 038, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Korero Mai (Talk to Me) The last few years have seen something of a te reo revival at Oxford Playcentre, as parents come together to ‘chat’ over coffee, or at tea parties with the children - modelling for their kids what it is: to try something new, to learn from and support each other, and to have a lot of fun! 037, 4 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term 3 Weeks 3-5 In this panui you will find the #coolstory about Bec Roper-Gee and her two 'deprived' Playcentre children, an update from the Federation about technology, a reminder about sick children at Playcentre and ideas for fundraising and grants. 035, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 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. Whilst there is a time and place for sessions, Playcentre is all about connecting with children’s lives. 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’. 035, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Frazzled Together This is a story about three mums who met at Babies CanPlay, and the friendship they share. As their respective families grew, their friendship also grew – over coffee and conversations about toilet training, tantrums and tractors, surrounded by the ordinary and wonderful moments at Lincoln Playcentre. Mel, Sarah and Louise share their story of babies, big boys and going from 1-2. 034, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Yellow and Bright and At The Centre Six months ago, Stephen and Lindita moved from Dublin, Ireland, to Belfast, Christchurch, with their son Samuel (3) and baby daughter Deborah. For three-year-old, Samuel, Belfast Playcentre is yellow and bright and shimmering with excitement – “like the sun”. And, like the sun, it shines at the centre of his world. Lindi shares her story about what Playcentre means to her family. 033, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 What It's All About Ever wondered what Playcentre is all about? Playcentre is not ‘all about the kids’ – if by ‘all’ we mean ‘only’. Talking with Andrea Read of Linwood Playcentre, it’s clear that it is also about and for the parents. A 'second home' for Andrea's three girls, Playcentre is all about friendships, families and fantastic play experiences for all. 032, 3 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term 3 Week 1-2 In this Panui read Andrea's from Linwood Playcentre's story about what Playcentre is for her whānau, start Course 3, register for a Learning Together Hui and more. 032, 2 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Leaves! Autumn leaves present an irresistible invitation to embrace the moment and get involved: to rake them, cart them and pile them high, and then, with your kids, leap in! When one dad brought a trailer load along to Southbridge Playcentre, the delivery transformed a familiar playground into a magical arena - for an awesome variety of ordinary play! 028, 7 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Around the Fire The families at Rolleston Playcentre have a strong tradition of get-togethers outside of session time. Focusing on something as vast and dazzling as the universe and the stars, their celebration of Matariki was meaningful and magical because, quite simply, it was about people coming together around the fire. 028, 3 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term 2 Weeks 7-10 In this Panui read about Leithfield Playcentre's explorations in the wide world, celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori and learn a phrase a week, remember to complete your RS61P, book your workshop, read about Redwood winning a book case. 027, 1 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Making a Fuss of the Crusaders When the families at Redwood Playcentre won a bookcase through a Jennian Homes promotion, to be delivered by Crusaders, they decided to ‘make a fuss’ of the occasion. On Wednesday 22nd June the bookcase arrived, delivered – with ease – by three Crusaders, Nemani Nadolo, Pete Samu and Kieron Fonotia. 027, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Twinkling with the Stars For the kids at Dunsandel Playcentre celebrating Matariki was not about star-gazing and quiet reflection. Like the cluster of stars punctuating the night sky and heralding the New Year, the kids transformed a familiar playground into a thrilling new arena – and created memories that will twinkle in these kids’ minds whenever they think back to their Playcentre days. 026, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 A World to Explore 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! 025, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term Week 4-6 In this panui you can read about getting involved in the walking festival, join us at the Baby Expo to promote Playcentre and would your centre members learn to make Matariki stars? 024, 7 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Much to Share When Monika and Nick Mather moved to New Zealand, having spent the last 15 years in England, Polish-born Monika found herself in unfamiliar territory and in need of support and friendship. With two young children and a baby on the way, Monika went along to Landsdowne Terrace Playcentre, and found so much more than a place for her kids to socialise and play. 024, 6 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Power Tools Come To Play At Rolleston Playcentre when a parent had a cool idea for storing the felt pens, hands-on dad Steve had just the tools for the job! Debates about 'who started it' aside, play has a tendency to take on a life of its own at Playcentre - and, 'because parents get involved, things can happen!' 023, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Pushing the Boundary On Tuesday 10th May, the families at Clarkville Playcentre celebrated their new outdoor area by planting an apple tree. They invited Reatha Ackroyd (aka Go-Go) along to cut the ribbon. As the parents acknowledged the huge combined effort that went into completing the project, the children explored the new territory. 021, 21 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term 2 Week 3 In this Panui you can read the inspiring story of Woolston Playcentre Dad, Matt McDonald, ponder the question of the difference between child initiated vs parent directed play and a heads up on bulk funding support. 021, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Creative Play: In Praise of Getting Messy Professor Kay Margetts, an associate professor in early childhood studies at Melbourne University, says craft activities that involve children copying precisely a model presented by the teacher risk stifling creativity and imagination, as well as deterring children from experimenting with materials and learning new techniques. 021, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Child Initiated vs Parent Directed? Is the way we teach at Playcentre really Child initiated vs Parent directed? Is it one or the other? Are parents ‘directing’? Are children always ‘initiating’? There seems to me a coming and going, a to-ing and fro-ing that goes on, between the child and the adult, between the children. 021, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Old (Matt) Mcdonald Loves to Play! Eighteen years ago a terrible work accident left Matt Mcdonald in a coma. His long road to recovery involved relearning the fundamentals like swallowing, speaking and walking. Eighteen months ago Matt joined Woolston Playcentre with daughter Portia-Rose, and found a place offering friendship and new opportunities. He also discovered that he did not need to re-learn how to play! 020, 14 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Extending our older tamariki At Playcentre we need to learn more about emergent curriculum. Emergent curriculum as a thoughtful response to children's play to encourage more complex play. At Playcentre 'on the hop responses' are often referred to as emergent curriculum, but emergent curriculum is so much more than on the hop responses. Thanks to our low ratios and having a wide range of experts in our centres, we are very well suited to deliver amazing emergent curriculum programmes. 019, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term 2 Week 2 In this panui you can read about joining the #runningmanchallenge craze, celebrating Matariki, extending our older tamariki and how to make Te Whāriki visible in your work. 019, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Combining Forces to Create Something Special The autumn weather turned on the sunshine for the start of Term 2, and provided a fitting atmosphere for a special assembly that spanned the boundary between Harewood Playcentre and School. Little kids, big kids and grown-ups came together to celebrate the culmination of a collaborative project which saw a group of talented Year 4-6 students create murals to reinvigorate the Playcentre. 019, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Making Te Whāriki visible How do we make Te Whāriki visible in Playcentre? Playcentres are often asked how they link their work in Playcentre to Te Whāriki. Are you expected to make overt links by writing a strand and a goal on each learning story or can we achieve this in different ways? 019, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term 2 Week 1 In this panui you can read some interesting Playcentre stories, get some tips to write your own stories and the notes from the zone hui at the end of Term 1. 019, 2 May 2016 00:00:00 +1200 How many families are enough? The collective wisdom is that we need to grow our rolls. The question is do you need more families? Or do you need your current families to attend more sessions? Read this article to discover the magic number of families. 018, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Connecting over a Cuppa At the start of the year, the families at Prebbleton Playcentre decided that making themselves more recognisable in the community was a top priority. What they discovered was that there were other groups in the community eager to connect. They invited the local Walking Group in for a cuppa and to play with the kids, and now plan on joining them for a walk in the autumn leaves. 018, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Tips for Writing Stories to Promote Playcentre At Playcentre, play is a serious business - and when we send stories out into the world there needs to be play in the language we use. Strong imagery combined with an authentic, intimate, playful tone is a powerful combo! 018, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Laundry Time If you haven’t already, check out Real Pilot Play! – a story about the special connection and high-flying adventures of Oscar and Keeley. Oscar loved the pilot shirt that Keeley had brought in so much that he made it his Playcentre uniform. He even wore it home. But keeping it pristine proved a challenge! 017, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Real Pilot Play! At Playcentre parents dig holes in sandpits and laugh with their friends, while children build bridges and buy groceries – the distinction between work and play is beautifully blurred. On this day, young Oscar got to try on a pilot’s hat for size, and Keeley, a real pilot, got to play passenger. 016, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 A Playcentre journey, all the way from Japan When Japanese student Honoka (23) visited New Zealand as part of her studies, she was excited about volunteering at a Playcentre and experiencing what it is all about. She had heard about Playcentre; but, coming from a country where most parents work full-time, the concept was novel, even challenging. For Honoka it was intriguing. 016, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Marketing goals and strategies Are you growing your centre membership? Are you promoting your centre to the wider world? See three strategies to help you do it. 016, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term 1 Week 11 In this week's panui - come to a governance cluster hui this week, read about Avonhhead Playcentre having a wild time, meet the new people at the association and hear about the new Health and Safety Act. 016, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 What every child needs for 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. 016, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Term 1 Week 10 In this Panui read how Lyttelton Street Playcentre celebrated Playcentre Awareness, join us in the Facebook challlenge, the Course 2 holiday programme, and more. 015, 4 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1200 Five Days and Countless Ways to Play Monday’s child loves to bash. Tuesday’s child loves to splash! Wednesday’s child loves the rain. Thursday’s child drives a train. Friday’s child eats fruit and mud pies. And goes home feeling happy but tired... As part of a promotional initiative, the children at Lyttelton Street embraced a new theme of play each day, and showcased the way that different areas of play combine when kids take play into their own hands! 015, 3 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +1300 The Day the Teddy Bears had their Picnic More than 200 people and umpteen teddies descended on Hagley Park on Wednesday 9th March to do what people and teddies like best – gad about gaily and have a picnic. Hosted by the Canterbury Playcentre Association, the Teddy Bears’ Picnic was a wonderful celebration of Playcentre, people, picnics and play. 014, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Term1 Week 9 In this week's panui - cluster hui end of term to talk about how we are going in Playcentre, read the Brainwave report on childcare, complete the Playcentre Awareness Week survey and read the ERO report on Mathematics in the early years. 014, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +1300