About Us

Welcome to Herne Bay Playcentre. A place for families who want to be involved in their preschool children’s education. The playcentre philosophy supports parents to be their child’s first and best educator and believes in learning through play.

Playcentre is much more than just a playgroup - we follow the national early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki and receive funding from the Ministry of Education. We are a licensed early childhood provider. 

Herne Bay Playcentre is one of around 500 playcentres nationwide. Each centre is a parent co-operative where the families attending run all aspects of playcentre. 

Some families share the responsibilities of attending playcentre across more than one caregiver, including both parents or with grandparents.

There is no minimum age for your children to begin attending playcentre. A parent or guardian must attend playcentre with their younger children. When your child is old enough, and well settled at the centre, then they may attend 1 session by themselves as an independence day. 

Most children who attend our centre live in Herne Bay, Westmere, Point Chevalier, Grey Lynn and Ponsonby, but we welcome others who live outside these areas. 

Contact us to arrange a visit.


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