Somerfield Playcentre


35 Studholme Street, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024

Childcare Type
0 - 5

Nestled in the leafy suburb of Somerfield, Somerfield Playcentre has been moulded and loved by the inquisitive, messy and playful hands of hundreds of children over the years. Allow your children’s curious fingers to join the tapestry of learning here at Somerfield Playcentre.

Our indoor space is open and welcoming with engaging play resources for all ages. You will find children sitting quietly in the reading corner, making lavish picnics and putting babies to bed in the family corner, and experimenting with colour and texture in the arts and crafts area.

Our outdoor space has something for everyone with room to run free as well as enclosed leafy areas, excellent for hiding and seeking or quiet play. Sweet smelling herbs, flower petals and leafy plants are perfect for potion making and developing one’s culinary skills in the mud kitchen. We also grow real food that we enjoy using in our shared kai. Our large sandpit is well equipped for digging, building, experimenting, creating animal habitats … you name it, our sand pit can accommodate it. We also have slides, swings, a jungle gym and a garage, filled to bursting with equipment for biking, bouncing, balancing, driving, kicking, swinging, climbing  and so on. We are only limited by our imaginations.  

We are passionate about playing and about the community of families who have made Somerfield Playcentre the ECE for their children. Come and see for yourselves … and do wear your messy clothes. You never know what kind of play you’ll be swept up in when you walk through the door.  

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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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