Massey Playcentre is part of a nationwide network of more than 420 centres. And unlike other early childhood education settings, parents are actively involved in playcentres. Mums, dads and carers play with and alongside their children, nurturing their imaginations and creativity.
From baking biscuits to building sandcastles, parents and children enjoy all the excitement together. It’s a great way to meet other locals with children of similar ages. Many long-lasting friendships are developed while cutting shapes with playdough. And a constantly changing programme of activities ensures children are stimulated, enriched and, most importantly, have lots of fun.
Massey Playcentre recognises that whānau are the most important educators of their children. Parents are very much hands-on. And they are trained, upskilled and supported by experienced national and regional playcentre staff.
According to Equipment Officer Sarah Summersby, Massey Playcentre currently has around 23 families on the books. She explains that Covid restrictions had a huge impact on numbers. However, the playcentre is bouncing back, and several new families have recently joined.
Playcentres are not-for-profit organisations, and fees are kept as low as possible. This means there’s often little left in the pot for the extras.
And it's the small things that make all the difference. ‘We have used the $5,000 we received from the Your West Support Fund to buy new shelves and outdoor tables,’ Sarah explains.
The new shelving has made storing and finding vital resources much easier. The outdoor tables arrived just in time, as the old ones were on the verge of falling apart. Now whānau can enjoy a wide range of exciting outdoor activities, including painting, arts and crafts.
New members are always welcome at Massey Playcentre. ‘We are a warm and supportive lot,’ declares Sarah. If you are a local with a child aged 0-6, there’s plenty of fun, laughter and friendship on offer. You can even enjoy three free visits before you join.
‘Playcentre is our community,’ says Sarah. She invites you to come along and experience the friendly and supportive environment. You’ll find Massey Playcentre at 5 Sunpark Place.