at Blockhouse Bay Playcentre
As a Playcentre with many babies and toddlers, we have challenged ourselves to spend one session per week outside, exploring our natural environment. We wanted these sessions to be focussed on learning through mana aotūroa – exploration – a cornerstone of what we do at Playcentre.
Our current enrolment reflects the cultural diversity of Auckland and many of our members are new to the Whau area. This made our outdoor sessions a fantastic opportunity for parents and tamariki to learn alongside each other!
We were delighted to be awarded a grant of $1000 from the Whau Local Board to support and enhance our new outdoor sessions! This has enabled us to equip ourselves with some invaluable resources, like our sunshade that protects us from all the elements and provides a shelter for those who are nursing their babies, ropes and pulleys for tamariki to construct their own cubbies amongst the trees, and a trolley we can haul behind us as we embark on our intrepid adventures! Our library is freshly stocked with books about insects, sea life, plants, and birds, and our tamariki have been kitted out with high-vis vests to ensure we stay safe in the great outdoors.
This term we have risen to the exciting challenge of outdoor sessions with our little ones and are well on our way to becoming strong kaitiaki of our Whau area. Tamariki are increasingly bold in their now-familiar natural environment and are showing great care for the creatures and native flora that dwell there.
As colder weather approaches, we can’t wait to embrace the philosophy that “there’s no bad weather, only bad clothes” and continue to learn and grow as a Playcentre.
Blockhouse Bay Playcentre