Playcentre week kicks off with fun

Last updated 09:41 04/03/2014

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Children at Blenheim Playcentre got covered in food colouring and soaked with water during a fun morning to kick off National Playcentre Awareness Week, which began yesterday.

Parents from the playcentre organised a morning of ‘Good Clean Fun' - the theme for this year's awareness week - with activities designed to allow the children to play different games with water, coloured ice blocks, shaving cream and food colouring.

Blenheim Playcentre parent Stacey Inwood said Playcentre Awareness Week, which is celebrated every year in the first week in March, promoted the value of parents and community involvement in the education of young children.

"We wanted the children to have a fun day, but learn with their parents from each activity."

Children were given the chance to play with food colouring, a doll bath station was set up and a sandcastle moat had to be filled up to protect it, Ms Inwood said.

Playcentres nationwide work on a concept of encouraging children to choose their own activities, rather than following a structured programme. Parents are involved every step of the way with their children's education and often learn a lot themselves, Ms Inwood said.

"Anyone is welcome at our playcentre - just pop in and say hello one morning."

She would love parents of pre-school children who are not sure if playcentre is for them to visit and give it a try.

Groups of parents work together to supervise and teach the children attending the half-day sessions at the centre, she said.

Parents are also offered free NZQA-recognised training in child development, non-violent child management and communication.

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- The Marlborough Express


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