Ellerslie Playcentre is a parent run co-operative, which means that the parents of the 24 families attending our centre run and manage our centre and the development and learning of our tamariki. The parents all contribute their time on a voluntary basis to educate the children that attend our centre.
We are currently creating a mudpit for the children to play and learn in. Getting dirty and playing in mud has enormous benefits in all areas of child development and we would like to encourage our tamariki to spend as much time in their new play area as possible!
At the moment, the backdrop to the mudpit, is a boring, drab, un-inviting concrete wall. We would like to transform this wall into a rich tapestry of colour that showcases our local environment and culture and enhances our tamariki’s connection with Papatuanuku. Our vision is to paint a mural that incorporates the following elements:
~ The 7 stars of Matariki across the top;
~ The two mountains that are important to us as a centre as we are in the middle and love to visit both, One Tree Hill (Maungakieke) and Mt Wellington (Maungarei);
~ Our local waterway, Tāmaki River;
~ A target, to channel creativity and for children to aim where they throw their fresh mud pies;
~ A rainbow, to enhance the children’s learnings about colours; and
~ A pohutakawa tree, with the flowers made up of current childrens’ handprints as the flowers.
We currently have 33 children attending our centre but every year see new families join our whanau. We see this mural as a valuable social and cultural investment to our centre and the learnings of current and future generations of children that attend Ellerslie Playcentre.
It would also help beautify our local area. Our centre adjoins Lawry Reserve and the new mural would be visible to all who use the reserve.
We are hoping to realise our vision to Colour our Patch of Community and bring this part of our playground alive for the current and future Ellerslie Playcentre Community.