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Wellington Playcentre Association
Wellington Playcentre Association

Welcome to the Wellington Playcentre Association


Playcentre is about fun, quality early childhood education, and learning alongside our children. We believe that parents / whanau are the first and best educators of their children!


The 20 Playcentres in the Wellington region are run as co-operatives by local parents / whanau, making for a very supportive community.


With mixed age play sessions (birth – school age), learning through child-initiated play and free adult education programmes there are benefits for both children and adults alike.


Our centres are licensed, follow Te Whariki (the Ministry of Education Early Childhood Curriculum) and we actively embrace our New Zealand heritage.


We invite you to come and visit your local centre,  come to one of our upcoming events, or see our latest Wellington Playcentre Association newsletter 'Ka Pai' - for Centre and Association happenings, tips and fun!


Find out more …

Playcentre Shop

The Wellington Playcentre Shop is now closed due to the increasingly competitive retail environment. We would like to thank our customers, staff and suppliers for their support.

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What's On!
For this term's parent education courses and workshops.


Playcentre is Good Clean Fun

Join in with three free visits at your local centre.





Island Bay Playcentre
Wellington Playcentre of the month


158 The Parade, Island Bay
Phone: 934 8670

Island Bay Playcentre offers a safe, secure and happy learning environment for your child.

Photo of Island Bay tamariki enjoying their kai together.



Monday        9.15am-11.45am

Tuesday       9.15am-11.45am

Wednesday    9.15am-11.45am (Starter Group)

Wednesday   12.15pm-2.45pm (older children only)

Thursday     9.15am-11.45am

Friday     9.15am-11.45am

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