Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako

A Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is a group of education and training providers working together to help students achieve their full potential. These include early childhood education services me ngā kōhanga reo (early learning services), schools, kura, and post-secondary.

Each Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako sets shared achievement challenges based on the particular needs of its learners.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako are part of the Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative.

Benefits of joining

Joining a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is voluntary for everyone. Early learning services are encouraged to join to support the achievement challenges of the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako in their area, because:

  • Children and young people benefit when educators across their learning pathways share practice expertise and increase their teaching capability.
  • Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako are an opportunity for early learning services and schools to work collaboratively to improve education outcomes for all learners.
  • Including early learning expertise in a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako can help make transition to school as seamless as possible.
  • Strong early learning foundations support the whole learning pathway.
  • Participation in Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako is likely to be beneficial for early learning services over time, with shared resource availability and more direct information sharing.

Ways to contribute

  • The geographical location of an early learning service and the education pathway most children in the service follow will guide discussions with Ministry staff as to which Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is the best fit.
  • Because there are more early learning services than schools/kura, services may choose to be represented in a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako by an agreed nominee. Representation may depend on the number of local early learning services, and discussions with local Ministry staff and the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
  • Early learning services may discuss with local Ministry staff and the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako whether to join an established Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako and sign up to a Memorandum of Agreement or to contribute informally.
  • Local Ministry staff can support you to start discussions with other early learning services or schools and kura about being involved in a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

Find out about Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in your area and get involved

Contact your local Director of Education  to discuss what's involved. You can also ring 0800 IES INFO (0800 437 4636) or email IES.team@education.govt.nz

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