Little shop of wonders: Canterbury Playcentre Shop

Lockdown was the perfect time for parents and children to strengthen their bond and spend quality time together. While it may not have been smooth sailing every day, it would have been a learning curve for many. Metropol sits down with the team at Canterbury Playcentre Shop to see how their little shop of wonders helped in those tough times.



“Before lockdown our shelves were empty,” Jessamy and Megan explain.

“We sold a lot of dolls; it gave the children something to nurture. Chalk was also very popular; everyone was drawing on their driveways. The parents wanted their children to do things that would keep them calm.”

The pair also noticed that post-lockdown a lot of parents were coming in and asking advice and different ways they could play with their children.

Lockdown enabled them to spend “time with their kids without distraction”.

“It would nice if that carries on,” Jessamy hopes.

You can see they just want to help you provide the best play experience possible for your little ones, from the smiley faces at the counter providing tips, tricks and advice, to the ‘think before you buy’ pamphlet by the register.

Another part of their caring nature is how they run their loyalty card programme.

For every $100 spent (a stamp for every $20), The Canterbury Playcentre Shop will give a $5 credit to your nominated Early Childhood Education provider (cash purchases only).

We think that’s pretty special… and a great way to support your local.



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