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Welcome to Piopio, A Thriving Village Nestled Between The
World Famous Waitomo Caves and The Rugged Taranaki Coast


What's been happening at Piopio Playcentre

Piopio playcentre has been busy over the last few months. We have had many new families visiting and enrolling in our centre which is great to see.

A highlight over the last few months was a goat farm visit. After a 2-year hiatus we were lucky to have another visit out to the Alcock dairy goat farm. The day turned out raining but this did not put a dampener on the kid’s spirits. They were super excited to see the goats. Many of the tamariki were a little unsure to start with but with some of the more confident children taking the lead they were soon all keen to get close and pat them. Even the children under 1 were seen laughing and enjoying getting up close.

After seeing the big goats, we made our way over to the baby kid shed. These baby kids were super curious of the tamariki which was enjoyable for some and a little unsettling for others. To finish off the visit Jo took us to the shed full of shavings – the kids had an absolute ball…working together to conquer the mountain and slide back down again. The tamariki has so much fun patting the goats, playing with the kids not to mention playing in the mountain of shavings and jumping in the puddles!

Massive thanks to Jo Alcock for giving up her morning to host us and answering all our questions.

In September Piopio Playcentre also hosted a community event with Emma Nahna who explained the latest research around learning to read and write and what makes structured literacy different and with improved outcomes to other ways of teaching. This was well received by those in attendance with great feedback after the event.

We are looking forward to some more settled warm weather so we can get into some water fun and activities. Our last session of the year is Monday 19th December. Next year there may be two sessions - Monday and Wednesday. Watch this space!