Playcentre Education in Upper South Island

Playcentre Education in Upper South Island

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Keeping you up to date with what's happening in education in Playcentre in the Upper South region.


Thanks to the popularity in Term 3, Playcentre PLD is bringing back a month of online Naptime and Bedtime PLD in November.

The full schedule will be out in the bulletin on Monday but just to give you some notice of what’s on offer next week:
Tues 2 Nov 7:30pm – 8:30pm – Dispositions and Schemas with Lucy Sheppard. Open to all.
Wed 3 Nov 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Supporting Playcentre Education with Kara Daly and Louise Albert. For Education Officers and those who’d like to support adult education in their centre.
Thu 4 Nov 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Science with Lucy Sheppard. Open to all.
Fri 5 Nov 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Planning & Assessment with Lucy Sheppard. For Children’s Planning/LEAP Officers and interested others.
The zoom link below will be used for all the workshops. No need to register, just join us on the day.
First come, first in until max numbers are reached.
If you miss out on these workshops, don’t worry - they will all be repeated later in the term in different time slots. Check out the schedule in the bulletin on Monday for more details.

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We have some dates for Education this term.

B403 Positive Relationships – 4 Monday evenings 7 – 9:30pm starting 16 Aug at Lyttelton Playcentre

B401 Te Tākaro | Let’s Play – 4 Thursday evenings 7 – 9:30pm starting 9 Sep at Lyttelton Playcentre

B404 Te Kākano – Sunday September 19th and 26th Regional offices 9.30 -3.30. =ev-s84b-20210814093000


Its that time of the term again, Kara Daly is seeking interests for Education programmes for term three. If you are ready for PIA, PEA and beyond complete the form below. Can these be completed by the 25th June.

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Short notice: 404 in Wakefield. Register now online.


Linwood Playcentre is hosting 401 over 2 Sundays. There appears to be a lot of interest in 401 in CHCH, parents can now choose between this block and the Thursday evening one in Lyttleton Street Playcentre. Register now on Bookwhen in your preferred option.


Waimakariri parents: we have postponed the 401 block to get you ready for great play discussions. Our region is growing and centres desperately need this qualification. Don't wait and register now on Bookwhen.


Lyttleton Street is hosting 401 over 4 Thursday evenings. Please join them for great discussions about play and finish with a playdough play workshop. Don't miss out and register now on Bookwhen.


There are some exciting learning opportunities coming up in CHCH.

Brainwave trust events are always highly recommended. Playcentre members have access to one free ticket. For more information contact Linda W**d as per the poster.

Russley Playcentre has organised a first aid Course on Sunday 23 May. Cost is $115 per person and it runs from 8.30am to about 4-4.30pm. Contact Danica Joblin at Russley Playcentre to book your place.


Wanting to host module 401? I am looking for a host centre in CHCH who wants to have a turn. If you have 4 or 5 keen parents, contact me ([email protected]) and we can give it a whirl. I am thinking late May once the 402 block in Woolston has been completed. Most of our workshops are close to fully booked and are also social events. Meet the neighbours etc. I always receive good feedback.

Centres in other parts of our region with a surge in new parents keen to get started let me know too. Or contact your CA who are in regular contact with me re training in 'their centres'.

Enjoy the term break!



Everyone with a PIA in Marlborough is warmly invited to join this fantastic 404 block. Book your place now on Bookwhen.


Short notice! Leeston Playcentre is hosting 401. Join this centre for workshops about play and how you can better support your children meeting their learning goals. Register now on Bookwhen through the Playcentre Aoteoaroa website. See you there!


The second 404 block this term is fully booked. Please don't rock up if you haven't registered. Here is the next one in term 2. Register now on Bookwhen - don't miss out.


For people who like to plan ahead: here is the 402 programme hosted by Woolston Playcentre early term 2. This follows their 401 block starting 20 March. There are still some places left. Don't miss out! Register now on Bookwhen.


Module 404 in Blenheim for all PIA students in Marlborough. Kaikoura parents who need this are warmly invited. They could also check the 404 programme at the hub as an option. Register now on Bookwhen.


EXTRA -EXTRA. Due to demand I have programmed a second 404 block this term. Register now to be part of this. There are a lot of folk about to complete their PIA. Carry on learning, this module is a treat.


Calling all Marlborough families: Renwick Playcentre hosts 402. Don't dilly dally and register now online.


Redwood Playcentre is hosting 401 on Monday morning. Learn more about play and how to support this. Register now Bookwhen =ev-sn8z-20210215093000.

Benefit #2- Connection with others 18/01/2021

Welcome back to a new year. I hope you are all ready to continue the workshops full with interesting and meaningful information for parents. (And you support your centre as well.)
Keep an eye out for face-to-face delivery or get local centre members together for a block. It is really good to join an in-person group to do B401 and B402 with other local Playcentre people and we would encourage you to do this. If you live remote, cannot travel or are just not able to go to a block, online is also an option. Some of our workshops are filling up fast. Just ask for more!

Big shout out to:
Jessicah Win - Collingwood
Rosie Riley - Colling wood
Michelle Dallison - Takaka
Sarah Josland - Shirley
Venus Biesold - Enner Glynn
Carmen Cater - Culverden
who have completed their level 4 certificate in ECE and Care. Tino pai! We have many pending completions in our region. You can be part of this too. Let's deliver quality sessions for our tamariki.


Benefit #2- Connection with others “At first, I didn’t want to come. I thought it was a lot of workshops but the way it was delivered, the way I felt I mattered and was included, I felt so valued. I had fun in interactive workshops with great conversations with all the other trainees from all different centres near and far…. pr...

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