Custom-made playhouses delivered to kindergartens

Custom-made playhouses delivered to kindergartens

Canterbury Tertiary College (CTC) carpentry students barely had time to get out of the way before the children at Lyttelton Kidsfirst Kindergarten stormed the playhouse they had just delivered. Within minutes there were heads poking out of windows and lots of smiles as the children crammed in to check out the new addition to their playground.


A custom-made CPIT playhouse was put to immediate use by Lyttelton kindergarten children.

“The children are very excited,” Head Teacher Liz Hichey noted. “Thank you so much to CPIT. This playhouse will be well used.”

The playhouse was one of four delivered to Christchurch kindergartens last Friday by the CTC carpentry students and their tutor Mick Cooke. Kindergartens in North New Brighton, Parklands and Mt Pleasant, currently in temporary premises in a local church, also received custom made playhouses.

In fact two of the playhouses were made by Industry Training Association Building (ITAB) Apprentice of Year Zac Wilkinson and Skills NZ winner John Dhue, both from CPIT. The playhouses were built during the Canterbury ITAB competitions, which led on to the national competitions. CPIT painting and decorating students added the finishing touches.

Unlike the judges of the competitions, the Lyttelton children didn’t seem too concerned with a close inspection of the students’ handiwork. They were too busy inventing games for the new playhouse, while the teachers were already imaging a garden around the perimeter and a solar panel on the roof.