The Big Play Out
North Shore, Te Akoranga, Auckland, Counties and Tamaki Playcentre Association’s
The Big Play Out
After the renowned success of our Playcentre “Play In” last year the above Playcentre Associations would like to thank its volunteers, politicians and members of the press who helped support and spread the word about Playcentre. All five Associations would like to invite families to join in at our “Play Out” celebrating Playcentre Awareness Week
On Tuesday 6th March North Shore, Te Akoranga, Auckland, Counties and Tamaki Playcentre Association members are coming together to celebrate and promote with a big ‘play-out’ at Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill Domain, in the grassed area opposite Stardome for the event (entrance from Manukau Road) from 10am – midday. There will be many activities including Playcentre playdough, face-painting, song and dance. There will also be a lost children tent, marshals, first aid and lots of giveaways.
“Parenting is the most important job any person will do in their life” said Playcentre Federation Co-president Marion Pilkington. “Playcentre provides a community network, plus free parent education, to help parents do this job as well as they can. We put our resources into building families, who then move out and strengthen their communities.”
Playcentre Awareness Week is celebrated once every two years to promote the value of parent-led early education and community involvement. This year it is focused on the huge dividends that spending time learning to be a great parent and being involved in the community together brings for children and parents alike.
This year the theme is “Investing in our children” – noting that the time and energy parents put into children in the early years produce the greatest results. Local centres are being encouraged to plan activities to reach out into their local communities, such as dressing the local post office window, holding kids baking stalls, and community open days.
Emma Jane Hordyk, ex Media Officer for the New Zealand Playcentre Federation, says, “It really is a wonderful place for all members of the family to build life-time friendships. And along with the parental support, the skills you learn from the free training can lead you onto many job opportunities”, she adds, “As an immigrant I didn’t have any friends or family, now I have hundreds all over the country. Along with the support I have a whole network of industry contacts that would have taken me years to obtain. Thank you Playcentre for helping me set up my own business”.
Parents do a great job of educating their children and themselves and get a great deal of fun out of being at Playcentre, learning and growing together. Come and explore your child’s world by visiting one of nearly 500 Playcentre’s nationwide and join your children playing and exploring in the water, painting, playdough, craft, building and sandpit play, along with the various other activities that all Playcentre’s offer.
To contact your local Playcentre, see www.Playcentre.org.nz for centres in your area.