Avonhead Playcentre


166 Waimairi Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041

Childcare Type
0 - 5

Avonhead Playcentre is a Early Childhood Education Centre based in the Waimari Road community hall.We have a large park like outdoor area including a wild garden and an edible garden. We support a quiet calm learning environment for Tamariki and education for parents who are actively involved in every session along with an ECE teacher. Monday, Thursday and Friday

Avonhead Playcentre is a thriving Early Childhood Centre in the busy University area of Christchurch. Our sessions are open for all children, from birth until school aged. As a cooperative, all parents take on the running of the centre, big or small, to help make our centre continue to be a fun and positive place for all to be.

We run General Sessions Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from our centre at 166 Waimairi Road, where children experience the freedom to choose what they want to learn alongside the support from a high ratio of adults on session.

Children stay with their parents when they first start at Avonhead Playcentre, and once they are 2 1/2 and confident, parents are able to leave their child/ren for some or all of the session.

Our term donations are $30 for one child, or $40 for families.

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Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa - Playcentre Aotearoa

Whatamātau / Philosophy

Playcentre Aotearoa is a family organisation which: empowers adults and children to work, play, learn and grow together;

  • honors Te Tiriti of Waitangi and celebrates people's uniqueness;
  • values and affirms adults as the first and best educators for their children
  • so that whānau are strengthened and communities enriched

Playcentre Aotearoa acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Within Playcentre Aotearoa, Tāngata Whenua and Tāngata Tiriti work in partnership and shall be given the same rights, privileges and responsibilities.

Principles of partnership and bicultural development require Playcentre Aotearoa to:

  • organise its affairs within the cultural tikanga / protocols of Tāngata Whenua and Tāngata Tiriti;
  • be diligent in identifying and keeping open all avenues leading to common ground;
  • recognise, value and share each other's knowledge, wisdom and experience;
  • promote inclusive practices; and
  • foster equitable collaboration between Tāngata Whenua and Tāngata Tiriti.

The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. It evaluates and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.

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