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Good Clean Fun for children and their parents!

Good Clean Fun for children and their parents!

Playcentres around New Zealand are gearing up for fun events, that also give back to the communities they are a part of.

Playcentres bring families together to have good, clean fun with their children and in the first week of March they will be taking that fun to the community – with a variety of events from open days to beach and park clean-ups.

“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 in March each year to promote the value of parent-led early education and community involvement. This year it is focused on getting out into the community and doing good for others – and teaching the children that they can have fun in the process!

With a theme of “Good Clean Fun,” local centres have been encouraged to plan activities that will benefit others, such as picking up litter in a local beach or reserve, washing the windows of elderly neighbours, or planting a veggie garden or a garden for bees, birds and skinks.

“At Playcentre children and their families play and learn together, developing skills and relationships that last a lifetime” said Playcentre Federation Co-President, Viv Butcher. “We encourage all families to come along and join in the experience.”

Playcentres are all about being involved in your local community. Playcentre operates 471 early childhood education centres around the country for children aged from birth to school entry. In Playcentres, groups of parents collectively supervise and teach the children attending half-day sessions. Parents are offered free NZQA recognised training in child development, non-violent child management, communication, and administration skills for a community group.

Parents often move on from Playcentre to become involved in many other areas of their communities.

For further information, or to find your local Playcentre, visit www.Playcentre.org.nz
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