Otautau Playcentre Project

We have 27 enrolled tamariki in our playcentre. We have 1 paid educator and many parents in various stages of training for our parent led sessions. We are in a rural community and rely on grants and donations to keep our centre running.

A few years ago we fundraised for our lino to be replaced but unfortunately we have not had the funds since then for the carpet replacement. Our current carpet is old and deteriorating. It is
impossible to get it professionally cleaned due to the risk of it perishing more.

We would love to get carpet for two very busy areas of our centre, which house our library, baby play area, role play area , collage station, imaginative play and music areas just to name a few uses.

If we can secure this extra funding it allows us to some breathing room with our cashflow so we can stay open.

Shelley Cox, Centre Administrator

We are beyond happy with our new carpet! It has given our Playcentre a warm and inviting feel. The new carpet is so much softer and warmer for our babies that spend most of their time on the floor playing or learning to crawl. It has also made our Playcentre look cohesive and the colours of all our different toys stand out and look exciting for our older tamariki.

Emily Hutchison, Centre Staff

Otautau Preschool was by far the most deserving in our opinion. They were really concerned that the floor needed to be suitable for the little ones as they spend a lot of time on the ground.

They decided to try to fundraise for the other areas they wanted done, but by the time they had sufficient funds Covid happened. Fortunately, we rescheduled in the New Year and now they have soft Rhino carpet for the kids to play and learn on. We thank Otautau Preschool for giving us the opportunity to help out.

Peter Ward, Multi-Site Manager