Wood Hatton Playcentre has been part of the Wainuiomata community since the 1970’s. It is a parent-led early childhood education centre, catering for tamariki from birth right up to school age.
A grant from the Thankyou Charitable Trust allowed the playcenter to purchase one fire truck tandem trike and three balance bikes which are now being used very enthusiastically by the tamariki at the centre.
The tandem trike is particularly popular for imaginative play and is often used by older children driving younger ones around in the rear seat. This is great for fostering a tuakana/teina relationship – older/younger siblings. The balance bikes help to develop balancing skills used later for riding pedal bikes.