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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Clyde Playcentre has come a long way since opening its doors to young families for the first time 50 years ago.

In its earliest years the group was based in the town’s hall, which meant toys and equipment had to be packed away at the end of each session, Clyde Playcentre patron Carol Haig said.

The group later moved to a new building on Fache St.

It has since been added to and is now a base for young families four mornings a week.

Many of those families helped celebrate the centre’s 50th anniversary last Thursday afternoon, including children who once attended the centre but were now at school.

The celebrations, which included the planting of a tree and afternoon tea, coincided with Playcentre Awareness Week.

 

 

Among those who attended the event was Clyde Primary School principal Doug White who recognised the role of playcentre in the community.

“The thing about playcentres is it’s involving parents in early childhood. That’s the strength of it,” he said.

“It requires a lot of parental commitment to make it work.”

That had a flow-on affect once the children reached primary school, he said.

Mrs Haig, who has been involved with the playcentre over the past 30 years, said it was great to see the group mark its 50th anniversary.

“I think playcentre is a marvellous organisation from the point of view that it empowers parents to take such an active part in their kid’s education.”

Playcentre is a parent co-operative, which meant it is managed by parents.