by Antony Deaker
A massive effort by several local families in the last few months has seen the first stage in the Blueskin Playcentre’s relocation to Waitati School successfully completed. The Playcentre is now operating from its temporary premises in Room 4 at the school. A permanent facility will be built in Room 5 over the summer holidays.
Playcentre president, Mikaela Wilson says, “The parents have jointly put in at least 460 volunteer hours planning, organising, shifting, cleaning and building, plus making cheese rolls. Much of this was in the recent school holidays.”
“Our view is that having an early childhood facility accessible to our community is very important. Our effort now is similar to that in the past where local families organised the development of the Playcentre into different buildings. It is not just for us now, it is also for those children that will keep coming to Playcentre in the future.”
The shift to school has immediately resulted in new families joining the Playcentre. There is currently a roll of around 20 children who can attend sessions three times a week.
Mikaela Wilson says, “We want to acknowledge the generous support of East Otago Transport, Waikouaiti Community Coast Board, Blueskin Media, Otago Playcentre Association, Waitati School and Russel Butson. They have all helped in their way to make this transition possible.”