For you and your baby

Opportunities for Play

Te Akoranga Playcentre Associations SPACE sessions are aimed mainly at first time parents and their babies, and have been designed to support parents through the first year of their child's developmental journey. The programme runs weekly for 3-4 terms (i.e. 30-40 weeks). The sessions are run by facilitators who have knowledge, experience, and training in early childhood care and education.

Infants join the SPACE programme around 0-3 months of age. There may be opportunities for older babies to join in with an existing SPACE session depending on the availability of places.


Sessions run for 2½ hours and typically include:

  • a welcoming and settling in time
  • a sharing time
  • a discussion topic or guest speaker
  • morning or afternoon tea
  • a thought for the session
  • music, rhymes, and books
  • continued opportunities for play


The discussion topics may include:

  • Getting to know you and your baby
  • Understanding me (crying & communication)
  • Becoming a parent
  • Sleeping
  • Making resources
  • Understanding thinking
  • Reflective parenting
  • The beauty of the brain
  • Establishing attachment
  • What do I see & What do I hear?
  • See me move
  • Heuristic play
  • Music
  • Meaningful men

New Experiences

Parents are provided with handouts on the various discussion topics and areas of play.

    The areas of play that may be explored in this unit include:
  • Blocks
  • Painting
  • Collage
  • Puzzles
  • Messy play
  • Books
  • Water play
  • Playdough
  • Sand play
  • Encouraging playfulness
  • Outdoor play & challenge courses for infants

Find a SPACE group near you and register online

You can also download our information sheet or our enrolment form.

Please email us if you have any questions about joining one of our SPACE sessions.

Current SPACE Sessions - Session Times

Kumeu Monday 9:30 a.m.
Kumeu Monday 12:30 p.m.
Henderson Valley Monday 12:30 p.m.
Waiatarua Tuesday 9:30 a.m.
Waiatarua Tuesday 12:30 p.m.
Glendene Tuesday 12:30 p.m.
Swanson Tuesday 12:30 p.m.
Waimauku Tuesday 12:30 p.m.
Glen Eden Wednesday 9:30 a.m.
Glen Eden Wednesday 12:30 p.m.
West Harbour Thursday 9:30 a.m.
West Harbour Thursday 12:30 p.m.
Helensville Thursday 12:30 p.m.
Henderson Valley Friday 12:30 p.m.

Upcoming SPACE Sessions - Session Times

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