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Playcentre mum savours funding victory

Dec 19th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

SEEING children at Newtown Playcentre happier and calmer in their new space has made the two-year funding campaign worthwhile for playcentre mum and property officer Wendy Lindsay. 

The centre’s newly renovated Harper Street premises have been open only for a month, but the children have already eaten the first produce from the garden, where lettuce, mint, apple and pear trees have been planted.

Newtown playcentre was rejected for a discretionary grant by the Ministry of Education but Ms Lindsay succeeded in having that decision overturned two years later.

She says that a disadvantage of the old premises in Rintoul Street was that equipment had to be taken out and put away during every session, wasting parents’ time and energy.

It also meant that not all resources were available for the children every day.

One of the highlights for Ms Lindsay is that they can now put paintings and drawings on the walls, which they could not do when they did not have a proper home.

Now that they do, parents and children can spend more time learning and interacting with one another.

“They are much calmer and happier children,” she says.

The playcentre’s philosophy is child-led play.

Children are offered 16 different areas of play, including drawing, building with real tools, science experiments, garden and sandpit.

The centre backs on to flats, and Ms Lindsay hopes children living there will help the centre grow its roll from 16 to the maximum of 24.

“It’s really cheap for all ages,” she says.

“We never enforce fees for people who can’t afford them.”

PICTURE: Newtown Playcentre children explore their new garden with mum and property officer Wendy Lindsay.

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