Playcentres are run as a parent co-operative and parents are expected to contribute and are involved in assisting in the programme.
It is a great service for parent and family support, while children are also experiencing an educative benefit. Parents meet other parents and the playcentre becomes like an extended family.
Playcentres follow school terms and sessions typically run for two and a half hours in the morning. Some centres run slightly longer sessions while others have afternoon sessions.
Parents are expected to attend sessions with their children until they are two and half years old, at which time parents have to attend only when they are rostered on.
Parents are offered opportunities for training in supporting children’s education and documenting learning. Many of the parents present will have completed and be undertaking early childhood playcentre courses.
Playcentre emphasises child-led learning and many centres do not follow strict schedules for morning tea or certain play times.
Term fees/charges are kept affordable and are typically much lower than charges at other types of ECE services.
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