Establishing a certificated playgroup

'Establishing a certificated playgroup' has been developed to guide parents through the process of establishing a playgroup. It contains information to help you set up a quality playgroup in your community.

The Ministry of Education employs staff in its regional offices to work with parents establishing playgroups and assist them to work towards certification.

Their particular focus is on the set up, delivery and maintenance of quality early childhood education programmes for children.

Contact your local Ministry of Education office if you are interested in establishing a certificated playgroup. 


Playgroups provide an environment for children and parents to learn together and for parents to support each other. Playgroups meet in different settings throughout New Zealand, but they all have one thing in common – they offer the opportunity for parents or caregivers to give their children valuable educational and social experiences.