Shirley Playcentre


61 Chancellor Street, Shirley, Christchurch 8013

Childcare Type
Education and care centre
0 - 5

At Shirley Playcentre, we still believe that it takes a village to raise a child – and we would love to be your village!

We work together with you to find ways to support your child’s learning and find their place in our centre.

We fervently believe that a parent is the best first teacher a child can have, so we will help equip you to teach your child through play – the most fun way to learn.

Playcentre is a nationwide charity with 420 centres located throughout the country. At each centre you will find a supportive, fun and friendly environment for you and your child.

You don’t just watch your child grow.  You grow with them.

Playcentre is founded on what is best for young children’s development: unlimited opportunities for self-directed, free play; responsive, respectful, loving relationships.

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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