Nau mai, haere mai and welcome to St Albans Playcentre
Playcentre is unlike any other early childhood education organisation. At Playcentre, both children and their parents / caregivers attend.
At Playcentre children get the opportunity to learn and explore in a fun and safe environment.
The curiosity and creativity of our tamariki is nurtured in a way that allows them to learn about themselves and their world.
Your child will be given a chance to explore, create, climb, read, sing, experiment, play music, wear costumes, have their face painted (or do it themselves!), garden, do carpentry with real tools, bake and cook, build sandcastles, swing, slide, dance, spend time in nature and get messy.
The activities change every day. Playcentre parents all bring different skills, interests, and cultural backgrounds to add to the rich learning environment.
We welcome families with children aged 0 – 6 years. Mixed age play allows your children to engage with others older and younger than themselves. Pre-schoolers learn how to communicate, share and negotiate with empathy for their younger peers.
At Playcentre, families come together and lifelong friendships are formed.
We welcome you to visit any time during the year. You are entitled to three free visits so come and check out what we do – we would love to meet you and your family!
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Whānau tupu Ngātahi- families growing together.
Our philosophy is based on the tikanga (values and beliefs) of our community and is linked to the principles, strands and goals of Te Whāriki (Early Childhood Curriculum of Aotearoa New Zealand).
Whānaugatanga is at the heart of our philosophy, as we believe that our tamariki learn and develop best when there is connection, respect and meaningful relationships present in the Playcentre community. Members are encouraged and given opportunities to share in kaitiakitanga; the caring for, running, maintaining and day to day shaping of our centre and its people. New families are warmly welcomed and invited to be an active part of our community. We acknowledge, respect and value the perspectives of our members and their whānau as we contribute to building an environment that is inclusive, fair, supportive, empowering and follows the spirit of partnership committed to in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Our Playcentre prioritises learning through child-led play, with kaiko and whānau input creating a fun and inspiring environment for our community of learners. We value a connection to nature and offer opportunities to experience and learn about the natural world and our place in it. Our curriculum is enriched by the sharing of prior learning experiences and significant events within our Playcentre family. Tamariki and their whānau know that their experiences are valued and feel able to contribute to our curriculum.
“Welcome to all, haere mai ki te whakahotahi tātou i a tātou, let us join together to build a community.” (Source unknown)
Communities “in which all members feel they belong and feel that they can make a contribution.” (Sapon-Shevin)
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.