About Us















Play Time After School and Holiday Fun is a NZ owned, owner-managed, independent (not franchised) OSCAR programme provider based in the Bay of Plenty.  


We provide a fun, friendly, caring, structured and respectful environment for children aged 5 – 13 yrs with a high level of staff engagement.  Your children will feel valued and special during their time with us, while their safety is of paramount importance.  Play Time before and after school care and holiday programmes are interesting and stimulating with a variety of age-appropriate activities to engage different personalities, energy levels, genders, cultures and ages.  

We are proud Bay of Plenty locals and we aim to become a positive part of the school communities in which we operate. 

We hold Ministry of Social Development Social Sector Accreditation Status (OSCAR accreditation) so the WINZ OSCAR subsidy is available to eligible families.  Download WINZ forms here.

We have an open-door policy so please feel free to call us at any time, we would love to hear from you and answer any questions.


For references, see our Parent Feedback.


Play-Time After School Programme
Kids at play
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Play-Time After School Programme
Kids at play
Kids messy play
Kids crafts
Play-Time Kids baking

"During play, children ... increase their social competence and emotional maturity. Smilansky and Shefatya (1990) contend that school success largely depends on children’s ability to interact positively with their peers and adults. Play is vital to children’s social development."   (Quote from article Why is play important, https://nz.education.com)

Hand-in-hand with this, a 2016 report by the Department of Youth and Children Affairs, Ireland, found the following:  "Children were asked to design their ideal or imagined after-school care. ‘Play’ was by far the most frequently mentioned category. Playing outside, relational play and tech play feature most prominently."  

Our Team

Bruce Solomon


Hi I’m Bruce. Sport is my passion and I have spent 5 very rewarding years teaching children fundamental skills through different sport programmes. I get immense joy seeing children learning how to catch a ball for the first time or knocking wickets over with a straight ball throw. Our programmes are safe, fun and very sporty.  I feel very privileged to be able to spend time having fun and teaching children.  In my spare time, I focus on NZ Master’s Athletics and recently competed in the World Masters Games, winning 5 Silver medals.

Thurla Solomon


Hi there!  I’m Thurla and although I’m a qualified High School teacher, my passion lies with primary age children and their development during this time. Numerous studies have demonstrated that play is essential to children's development, both intellectual and social, and seeing children happily engaged in activities, their eyes lighting up with pride and excitement at something they’ve achieved, and acquiring social skills - all while having fun with their friends - is truly priceless.  We are the lucky ones to share this magic with them every day!

Shani Kotze

Lead Supervisor (Matua Hall and Otumoetai Primary)

Hi, my name is Shani. I have had the pleasure of working with, and learning from children for the past 5 years. I love every aspect of being a childcare worker, especially when I get to be a kid and join in the fun myself. :) I believe that children learn and develop when they get to experience different varieties and when they have fun, they learn so much faster. I hope to bring as much joy as what I've received from working with children from different ages, cultures and backgrounds. 

Val Dodd

Lead Supervisor (Fairhaven)

Hi, I'm Val.  I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. I also have a qualification in Autism awareness and Neurodiversity, as well as a further qualification in Safeguarding.  I have worked in local primary schools with children with special needs, and as a primary school sports coordinator. I have many years experience working with children of all ages from pre school through primary and intermediate years and look forward to working with your children.

Jessica Wilkie

Supervisor (Matua Hall and Otumoetai Primary)

Hi there! I am Jessica, but most people call me Jess. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a graduate diploma in Criminology. These may not seem child orientated but I have worked with children for nearly 3 yrs and have absolutely enjoyed it. I enjoy providing children with an opportunity to experience different things and to see the excitement and wonder fill their faces and I enjoy the connection this produces. This job is so rewarding as we also get to be silly, honest and kind which is extremely awesome.

Jake Angus

Staff (Matua Hall and Otumoetai Primary)

Kia Ora Koutou, 

Ko Mauao te Maunga 

Ko Ngāi Te Rangi me Ngāti Ranginui ōku iwi

Nau Mai, Haere Mai. 

Hello my name is Jake and I am currently studying towards obtaining my Bachelors degree in Primary Teaching. I have a passion for children and seeing the success that comes with each individual child. I have a particular focus and interest in children with behavioural and learning needs and children with disabilities.  I am super excited to be able to work with children now in a more relaxed environment where creativity and active imagination is encouraged and play-based learning is a core value. I believe each child should have the opportunity to express their interests and talents to build self confidence and self awareness which will see them into the future. 

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Child Safety


We care about the safety of each and every child in our care, and have policies and procedures in place to ensure we provide the lowest risks in any given situation.

At least one of our staff members on site are fully trained in First Aid, and have a current up-to-date certificate to back this up. Please ensure you provide up-to-date contact information and let us know as soon as possible if your circumstances change so that we can update our records.

All incidents are reported and written up and you will be notified on collection of your child as to the circumstances of the incident. Please let us know if you have any issues or would like to discuss anything in further detail.

​Our Staff

We have a friendly, passionate and experienced team at Play Time. We are proud to be local and we aim to become a positive part of the local school communities in which we operate.  

We hold Ministry of Social Development Social Sector Accreditation Status which means we meet and exceed OSCAR guidelines.  Our staff are all police vetted and trained in our policies and procedures.  

We have an open-door policy so please feel free to call us at any time.  We would love to hear from you and answer any questions.


OSCAR WINZ Subsidies


Please contact WINZ directly to see if you qualify for a subsidy to assist with programme costs. Download WINZ forms here. For more information please visit www.workandincome.govt.nz.

Call Thurla: 021 1919 222  Email: thurla@play-time.co.nz  Tauranga, Bay of Plenty New Zealand

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