For more than 60 years one voluntary organisation has met the changing needs of families and their communities and today remains highly active in the early childhood education sector.
Playcentre is an internationally recognised early childhood organisation unique to New Zealand. It evolved in the 1930s & 1940s to support families and promote new developments in early childhood education.
The National Federation was formed in 1948, based on the original philosophies of child initiated play and the importance of parents as educators of their own children. Today there are 489 Playcentres affiliated to the New Zealand Playcentre Federation through each of the 33 regional Associations
Playcentre acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa and is committed to incorporating the principles of partnership in its policies and practices.