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Wakatipu Playcentre’s staff are over the moon about their latest Education Review Office (ERO) report – after last year’s big move.

Formerly Frankton Playcentre, the parent-led facility had been run in a building at Remarkables Primary School for seven years.

But due to growth pressure on the school, it was elbowed out, so moved into the former home of Remarkables Park developer Alastair Porter.

Located beside the new Wakatipu High School, the house was remodelled into a modern, 170 square metre facility.

ERO found the playcentre offers a “child-led programme where children freely choose their activities in well-resourced and interesting play areas”.

It praised its “evident commitment to and growing inclusion of Maori per-spectives”.

“They are creating an environment where all children, and in particular Maori children, can learn about and be proud of New Zealand’s bicultural heritage.”

The next review would be in three years – the longest space possible between visits.

Head educator Amanda Russell says the glowing ERO report is “fantastic”.

She says a strength of the centre is the way it tries to reflect the many cultures of its families.

“It’s a very busy centre, it’s the largest playcentre in Southland and Otago.”