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Term Report - Warrington Playcentre

Term Report - Warrington Playcentre

We have had a very busy and fun time during term 1. We've been to the
beach where we had running races, climbed the rocks and looked at the
pools, saw fish, crabs and studied shells and seaweed. We had lots of
little creatures at Playcentre too – tadpoles and frogs, snails and
slugs, beetles, grubs and flies. The children loved hunting for the
bugs and trying to catch the flies for the frogs – the frogs looked
spectacular as they leapt for the flies.

We have also spent time investigating colours – playdough was made in
blue, red, yellow and white and then mixed together in different
formations and the children asked to guess what colour they would turn
into, they were surprisingly very good at this! We did similar
experiments with water, the children were given containers with
different primary colours and then encouraged to make their own
colours – they then painted the fence with their coloured water!

During March we celebrated Playcentre Awareness Week by attending The
Little Day Out at Chingford Park, where many Dunedin-based Playcentres
set up a free activity stand for children to come and play. We set up
an art gallery and our theme was 'bringing the beach to the City', we
had supplies of paper, chalk, sand and seaweed as well as pre cut-out
shapes of shells, starfish, crabs and fish. Lots of children had fun
visiting our art stand and our children had a lot of fun participating
in other activities including the train ride, carousel and petting
farm. Congratulations to Otago Playcentre Association and Macandrew
Bay Playcentre for organising such a fun day out for everyone.

We have also been busy recently raising funds to enable us to renew
the carpet and lino in our centre. We have been very lucky in securing
most of the funds applying for grants, however we still have a way to
go. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far by buying raffle
tickets and visiting our catering stand at The Little Day Out.

On Saturday 10th May we have arranged for a professional photographer
from Jack 'n' Jill Portraits to come to Warrington Playcentre. On the
day, the photographer will be available to take photos of children,
family and friends. A minimum of three poses will be taken, which you
have the opportunity to purchase (in either black & white or colour)
with no obligation. For the sum of $10 (with funds all going direct to
Playcentre), you are entitled to:

* The portrait sitting; and
* A colour or black & white portrait of your choice.

This term we said a fond farewell to Jakob who turned 5 and started
school. Good luck Jakob we know you will enjoy yourself and we'll be
seeing you soon when we visit school. We also say goodbye to Erin &
Thomas who are returning home to the States – we'll miss you and wish
you lots of luck in your new adventures.

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between
9.00am–12.00pm. Our sessions are for children aged 0-6 years and are
run co-operatively by the parents and supervision team. If you would
like more information please call us on 027-227-7329 and arrange to
come in and enjoy three free visits to see if Playcentre is for you.

by Dawn Hope

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