Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education staff at REAP Wairarapa support our rural Playgroups to thrive.

Playgroups are community-based and run by parents and whānau.

Sessions are held weekly or for some, twice weekly for a few hours.

REAP staff visit 2 to 3 times per term to provide educational curriculum support, parenting information and workshops for parents to give them more confidence to run their sessions independently.

Whānau who engage with their local playgroup build social and community relationships and networks.

REAP staff provide professional support for Playgroups to become certificated, and to continue to be certificated, so they qualify for some government funding.

North Wairarapa

PahiatuaMonday9.30 am -12 noonAnglican Church Hall
Albert St
MangamaireTuesday9.30 am -12 noonMangamaire Hall, Tutaekara Road
EketāhunaWednesday and Thursday9.00 am -12 noon Eketāhuna School
PongaroaTuesday9.00 am -12 noonPongaroa Early Years
MakuriContact Makuri primary Makuri Domain
AlfredtonThursday9.30 am -12 noonAlfredton Hall
Mauriceville2nd Thursday of each
month in school term
9:00 am – 11.30 amMauriceville School Hall
BallanceContact Ballance
primary school
Ballance School

South Wairarapa

KahutaraMonday9.30 am -12 noonKahutara Hall
Cnr  Pukio West Road
GreytownMonday9.30 am -11:30 amGreytown Plunket rooms
Cnr McMaster & East Street
CartertonFriday9.30 am -11:30 amSt Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 185 High St. Carterton
Featherston Wednesday10.00am – 12 noon15 Wallace St
PirinoaTuesday9.00 am -11.30 amBeside Pirinoa School
LongbushWednesday9.30 am -12 noonLongbush Playgroup
1132/1202 Longbush Rd

Central/East Wairarapa

TinuiWednesday9.30 am -1.00pmBehind Tinui School
WainuioruTuesday9.30 am -12 noonBeside Wainuioru School
WhareamaWednesday9.30 am -12 noon Whareama School

For more information on how to contact a playgroup please contact Jude or Shirley.

Jude Mitchell

027 222 7692


Shirley Jones

027 222 7693



REAP Wairarapa runs a campaign to encourage and support all adults who have contact with children under 5 to spend more time talking, singing and reading so the tamariki of the Wairarapa can be the best they can be. We provide workshops for teachers, professionals and parents to learn more about the important role they have.

Learn more at chatterbox at www.chatterbox.nz

Professional Development for Kaiako and teachers

REAP Wairarapa works with our local MoE curriculum lead to provide professional development opportunities each term. We also work closely with our ECE across-school lead from one of our local Kahui Ako to support EC staff.