As the SPACE groups finished the mothers wanted to continue meeting, so in 2013 we started the first Playgroup with a mixture of SPACE mothers and families from the community.  Playgroups are parent lead and operate under a Certificate from the Ministry of Education, with a supervisor to assist with set up and breakdown and prepare the programme resources.

A parents meeting is held each term to plan the next terms programme and some mothers who are interested in crafts have formed a sub group planning, designing and implementing the craft programme.  All play is open ended and initialised by the child.


At the end of each term you re-confirm your place for the next term.  Any places not filled are offered to the next families on the waiting list. All playgroups meet from 9.00am to 12 midday on either Monday or Thursday mornings or you come any time during the timeframe that suits your child’s schedule.


Sessions are run with the help of a supervisor who sets up and breaks down after the sessions, prepare the programme resources, facilitators the parents meeting and assists with the transitions required for morning tea, music, activity, crafts and story time.  

The Programme

The curriculum is based on the four principles and five strands of Te Whāriki

The four Principles of Te Whariki:

  • empower children to learn and grow by encouraging and allowing them to make choices and take responsibility for their own learning
  • reflect the holistic way that children learn and grow by recognising that all learning is interwoven and occurs within the context of relevant and meaningful experience
  • incorporate and involve children’s families and their local community by respecting differing viewpoints and fostering family and community participation
  • recognise that children learn through interacting with the people, places and things in their environments by providing a wide and interesting array of people, places and things for children to interact with. 

The five strands of Te Whāriki;

well-being, belonging, contribution, communication and exploration, give more direction to what children will experience in a playgroup environment.  They are the 5 key areas of learning and development in early childhood education. A curriculum that focuses on the 5 strands means that children will experience environments where:

  • they are physically and emotionally safe (Well-being)
  • they and their families feel a sense of belonging – (Belonging)
  • everyone is treated fairly and contributions are valued (Contribution)
  • using language and a range of other communication tools (such as books, art, dance, drama, mathematics, movement, music) from children’s own cultures, from New Zealand’s Mäori heritage and from other cultures is promoted and valued – (Communication)
  • they can actively explore and make sense of their world (Exploration)

A child and parent-friendly atmosphere

Playgroup@Cedar Saplings focuses on the mother and child and the rights of children.

If your child sleeps late, the phone rings as you are leaving the house, don’t worry about being late, just come along, we are all mothers and understand it is hard to run to a schedule.

Play is open ended and lead by the child, if he or she wishes to play in the sandpit the whole time, or move from one thing to another, both ways of play are fine. 

Bring a change of clothes just in case your child gets wet or paint all over them.

If you can help with set up or clean up, thank you, but if you can’t please don’t worry.  As mothers we all understand that sometimes it just does not work out.

Have fun and enjoy yourselves.

Held in the Chelsea Rooms, Cedar Centre, 56A Tramway Rd,  BEACH HAVEN.
c: 021 563342 or p: 09 419 1231