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Greenhithe Playcentre


Parent-led preschool located in Collins Park providing quality early childhood education. Playcentre is a great place to develop friendships and support networks within the Greenhithe community. If you would like to find out more about Greenhithe Playcentre, please give us a call on 413 8053 or check out our website



Collins Park, Greenhithe Rd
Ph  413 8053

Greenhithe Playcentre is a special place where you can play, learn and have fun alongside your children in a safe and caring environment.


We are a parent co-operative with all members contributing to the running of the centre. We are committed to providing quality early childhood education and have an extensive range of educational resources to cater for children from birth to school age.

At the core of our philosophy is child-initiated or self-directed play. Put simply this means that children are free to choose their activities and decide how, when and for how long they play.

We welcome families from any ethnicity, religion or family circumstance, and celebrate the diversity of Greenhithe residents. Playcentre is a great place to make friends and develop support networks within the community. We have a strong commitment to biculturalism, acknowledging Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and incorporate the principles of partnership into our policies and practices.

We are a licensed and chartered Early Childhood Education service and receive bulk funding from the Ministry of Education. As such we are required to meet certain standards including providing a safe, hygienic environment, quality sessions, accurate record keeping and trained educators (that’s us parents!) We supplement the funding with our fees, which are currently $35 per family per term, and fundraising activities. This enables us to provide quality sessions with excellent equipment and educational resources.


We currently offer six 2½ hour sessions per week, five family sessions and one for the “Big Kids” on a Wednesday afternoon. Each session is attended by approximately 25 children, with a supervision team of between six and eight adults - an enviable adult:child ratio.

If you would like to find out more about Greenhithe Playcentre, please give us a call! Or check out the website, or the National Playcentre website or call 0800 PLAYNZ (0800 752 969).