Thanks Waikato Playcentre Association – Christmas Shout-out

Long ago I took my children to Playcentre – the unique New Zealand early childhood organisation run by family and whānau and a hugely empowering place for adults too.

Once the children went to school I was  left, as many are, wondering what to do with the rest of my life. And then I discovered that the position of Playcentre Journal Editor was vacant.

This was an elected national position. It was up to my own Waikato Playcentre Assocation to put me forward. And they didn’t know that much about my ability to be an editor. They’d seen me working in other roles – but did they know I could be an editor?

Actually – did I know if I could be an editor?

(Actually – no. As it turns out, I didn’t know half of what it involved.)

But the Playcentre movement has a philosophy of emergent leadership – summed up by a friend as “You’ve got the ability, you just need to develop the skills” – and they took a chance on me.

What a thrill it was – and what a wonderful experience, to be able to do that work, to see my endeavours turn into 40 page magazines that were distributed through the country, and it was fantastic for my CV.

Thanks Playcentre.

They took a chance on me – and it had a huge impact on my life.

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  1. Catherine

    Thanks Patricia. It’s great to see a story about how Playcentre helps parents develop skills too! Best wishes from the Playcentre Federation.

  2. Carl @ Spaceworld

    I agree with the commenter above, play centres are a great way to improve social skills for children as well as learning new things.

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