Ownership: This service is not-for-profit and operated by a community trust, incorporated society or association
Street or Road: 4 Guide Place
Phone: contact number is not available for new enrolments
Ages of children: Licensed to care for children from infancy
Group / Centre Size: The centre operates on a small and personal scale for children and families. It is licensed for 50 or fewer children. It is what we call a 'boutique' early childhood centre.
Qualified teaching staff: Parent-run service with parents participating as teachers and may include teachers who hold a practising certificate
Shows Children that Men Can Teach and Care for Young Children Too: Men and women who are parents, caregivers or family members can be involved in Playcentre sessions
Is this service HIGHLY Parent Rated?: THIS SERVICE CANNOT YET BE CLASSIFIED AS A HIGHLY RATED SERVICE. (To be so it needs to have a number of recent positive reviews - at least 5 positive if a small centre, or 10 if a mega-centre or a home-based service)
COMPLIANCE warning: It has a clean record. It's licence was not downgraded by the Ministry of Education in 2019 or 2020 as far as we know (if you want to check on its history before 2019 go to more info below)
I transferred to Papatoetoe Playcentre on Guide Place last year and have found it very welcoming and a well resourced centre.
It has a very high adult to child ratio (1 adult to 3 children) and an amazing child oriented programme which incorporates all children attending interests and best of all it's all play based!
I think the most amazing aspect of all is the community and belonging aspect (whanaungatanga) as you grow and learn along side your child and make life long friendships in the process.
It's super affordable at approx $2 a week ($20 a term). You also get 3 free visits.
Great experience for me and my daughter
On 18 May 2019, Laura Sullivan-King wrote:
I've been going here for over a year now with my 2yr 7mo old daughter. I really wish I'd come sooner!! I can't believe how much she has developed in the time we've been here. When we arrived she would cry when kids were playing loudly and hide when the adults looked at her. She is now a really confident Playcentre kid who holds her own during play with other kids and has good relationships with the adults here. It's been great for me too. I've learnt so much about how to teach my daughter through play and I think I'm a much better mother for it. Best of all it is only $20 per term per child (which fits with our budget!).
Laura Sullivan-King likes: Learning how to be my child's first educator, The friendly atmosphere, The low cost, The free education courses for adults, Range of play equipment