Space @ Waikato Playcentres is a programme mainly for first time parents and their babies. The Space programme runs for 3 to 4 terms (approximately 30-40 weeks). Groups meet every week during the school term in 7 different locations; St Andrews, Nawton, Hamilton East, Paterson Street, Morrinsville, Cambridge and Leamington Playcentres. Sessions are run by Space trained facilitators.

The Space Programme has two focus areas, the first being The Heart of Parenting & The Growing Child. The second focus is on Exploring Play and concentrates on providing play experiences for the infants alongside their parents. There is a range of discussion topics covered and may vary according to group interests or needs. Occasionally guest speakers are invited to deliver specialized topics.

•Getting to know you / Ka mohiotia i a koe
•Understanding me / Mohio au
•Stimulation / Whakaoho
•The beauty of the brain / Te ataahua o te roro
•Uniquely you / Ahurei koe
•Sleeping / Moe
•Establishing attachment / Whakapumau whakamau
•What do I see? / Ka kite au i te aha?
•What do I hear? / Ka rongo au i te aha?
•Natural movement / Ka kite ki taku neke haere
•Heuristic play / Ahuatanga takaro
•Music / Waiata.

A typical Space session Focus: The Heart of Parenting & The Growing Child
Informal time of welcoming, relaxing & interaction
Thoughts and sharing moments
Songs, music/movement, rhymes and books
Discussion or guest speaker on the topic of the week.
Continuing opportunities for play throughout the session, including Heuristic play, playfulness and tactile experiences
Making resources
Social time

Families enroll at one centre that is running Space, and commit to attending that programme regularly. Babies joining a new Space session are generally between 3 weeks and 4 months of age and parents stay on session with their babies.

Due to the structure of the Space programme, it is necessary to group together babies of similar ages. It may be necessary to travel to a centre that is running a Space programme appropriate for your baby's age and development

To make a booking click on the desired programme, select, proceed, book now and complete details requested. If you baby is not born yet write TBA. The booking you make, reserves your place for the duration of the programme.

New Joining Fee : $230 for programmes staring from February 5th 2018. The $230 fee invoice will be emailed to you within two weeks of your group starting. The invoice will give you the following payment options to choose from:
• Full payment via internet banking or through any branch of ASB
• Weekly instalments over the first 10 weeks of the programme ($23.00 per week for 10 weeks)
• Termly instalments of $57.50 on week 1, 10, 20 and 30 of the programme

WINZ Child Care Subsidies are available for Space @ Playcentre Aotearoa programmes. The WINZ Child Care subsidy is ‘means’ tested and requires both parents to disclose financial information. If you would like forms sent to you please email The subsidy covers the full cost of the programme.

If facing financial difficulties please email Rachel

If the programmes below don't cater for the month your baby is due, and you want to be notified when bookings open, please visit our facebook page spacewaikato and 'like', we post when bookings open on our facebook page.

If your baby's age is older and not catered for in the current programmes offered below you may be able to join in an existing SPACE session depending on the availability of places. Please contact Rachel directly ph 07 929 2126 or email your name, baby's name, date birth, contact phone number

WAIT LISTS - If the course you want to join is fully booked you can join the wait list - please click on the session you want to join below, then click the Join Wait List box and fill in the details. If the wait list becomes numerous we are often able to start another group, please register on the waitlist so we can see who is waiting to join.

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February, 2018
23 Fri 9:30am - 11:30am Space @ St Andrews Playcentre Friday AM babies born August - September 2017
26 Mon 1pm - 3pm Space @ Hamitlon East Playcentre Monday PM babies born September - November 2017
1 Thu 12:30pm - 2:30pm Space @ Nawton Playcentre Thursday PM babies born Oct - Dec 2017
12:30pm - 2:30pm Space @ St Andrews Playcentre Thurs PM babies born Nov '17 - Jan '18
6 Tue 9:30am - 11:30am Space @ St Andrews Playcentre Tuesday AM babies born Dec '17 - Jan '18
12 Mon 9:45am - 11:45am Space @ Leamington Playcentre (Cambridge) Monday AM babies born Nov '17 - Jan '18
19 Mon 9:30am - 11:30am Space @ Nawton Playcentre Monday AM babies born Jan - Feb 2018
29 Thu 1pm - 3pm Space @ Ham East Playcentre Thursday PM Jan - Feb 2018 born
Times shown in timezone: Auckland

Space @ St Andrews Playcentre Friday AM babies born August - September 2017

Friday, 23 February, 2018   9:30am - 11:30am
St Andrews Playcentre, 34 Heath St, St Andrews, Hamilton
3 spaces available


Facilitators : Kathy Rollo and Rachel Parker

This programme runs weekly on Friday 9.30-11.30am during the school term
This is an existing programme that started 10th November 2017 with limited places available.

Tickets / Booking types

  • The joining fee is reduced to $ 172.50 (full fee is $230) options of paying termly $57.50 per term or in the first 10 weeks of joining. Participants will be invoiced after there first session joining.
    3 available
    If facing financial difficulties please email