Pasifika focus for Netherby playgroup

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Parents have taken over the running of a Netherby based playgroup that has a strong Pasifika focus.
Fa’s Pasifika Playgroup was set up more than a year ago by early childhood educators Juliette Broomhall and Raseli Sa as a place where young Pasifika families and others could come together regularly.
Juliette Broomhall said numbers had built over the months and now, with parents willing to step up, the weekly playgroup had been handed over to them to run.
Half a dozen mums would co-ordinate the group among themselves, she said.
The group came together each Wednesday from 1pm and 3pm during term time for fun and friendship and to share Pasifika culture and traditions.
The goal had always been for parents to operate the playgroup.
The playgroup was certified with the Ministry of Education and a number of mums had also expressed an interest in training to be early childhood educators, although that was not necessary to run the playgroup, said Mrs Broomhall.
The playgroup was beneficial for both mothers and children and was open to anyone.
Child attendance numbers at the playgroup are usually between 10-15.
Children enjoy play time, as well as music, dance and song that has a Pasifika influence.
Those currently attending the playgroup are a mix of Samoan, Rarotongan, South African and Kiwi.
New members are welcome to drop in to check out the group.