Early Learning General News – December 2018

General news for the Early Learning sector for December 2018 including New disability support system, Teaching Council elections update and more.

New disability support system Mana Whaikaha launched in MidCentral DHB area

Implementation of the new system

As part of the Disability System Transformation, the Ministry of Health is leading a prototype in the MidCentral DHB area. Launched on 1 October, the new disability support system Mana Whaikaha aims to provide disabled children and young people and their whānau with more options about the disability supports they receive, and more choice and control over decisions that affect them.

We are working in partnership with Mana Whaikaha to support local implementation. Through this process a number of key initiatives for education will be identified and tested.

Proposals for priority initiatives will be developed with disabled children and young people, whānau, representatives from Mana Whaikaha, representatives from schools and early learning services, Ministry staff and other relevant agencies. Lessons learnt from this prototype will inform further implementation across New Zealand.

Information sessions for early learning services, schools and Kāhui Ako will be held in the MidCentral area in early 2019. Ongoing updates will be provided through this Bulletin.

For more information

Enabling Good Lives website(external link) 

Mana Whaikaha website(external link)

Email Julie Hook, Programme Manager Education Interface with Disability System Transformation, at julie.hook@education.govt.nz.

About the transformation

The Disability System Transformation is a cross-government initiative led by the Ministry of Health, and includes the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education, Oranga Tamariki, ACC and the Ministry of Transport.

The Disability System Transformation was co-designed with disabled people, whānau and others in the disability sector, and is based on the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) principles and vision. There have been two small-scale demonstrations of the EGL vision and principles in Christchurch (2013-2016) and Waikato (2015-current).

The EGL principles, and the vision and objectives of Mana Whaikaha, are strongly aligned with the Ministry of Education’s Learning Support Delivery Model.

Early childhood teachers can renew full practising certificates online

The Teaching Council is excited to announce that early childhood education (ECE) teachers can now renew their full practising certificate online.

The new online renewal process will be simpler, faster and more efficient for teachers and leaders, and is part of a larger project to move the Teaching Council’s processes online.

Teachers just need to obtain an Education Sector Logon through the Education Service Desk via the Ministry of Education.

Once they have received the Logon, it is as easy as gathering the required evidence and completing a renewal application through the Teaching Council website. When the application is complete, teachers can submit the form and advise their professional leader that it is ready to endorse.

Professional leaders (endorsers) will also need to obtain an Education Sector Logon and evidence of identity information is required to delegate authorising responsibility. Leaders can speed up the approval time by endorsing teachers’ applications as soon as they are submitted.

Application to renew Full Practising Certificate - Education Council website(external link)

Teaching Council elections update

By now registered teachers and teachers with a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) should have received an email or letter explaining how to nominate candidates for and vote in the Teaching Council elections next March.

If you haven’t received it you may not be on the electoral roll. Remember to check your spam or junk email folder!

You can contact Election Services on 0800 922 822 or info@electionservices.co.nz to be added to the roll up to the cut-off date of 22 February 2019.

Candidate nominations close on 29 January.

The elections are the chance for teachers, early learning service leaders and principals to have a say in who represents them on their professional body. Voters working in 7 sectors will elect board members: one teacher and one leader from early learning, one teacher and one principal from the primary and secondary sectors, and one teacher educator.

Before the elections, leaders and teachers might like to:

  • think about who they would like to nominate
  • notify the Teaching Council or Election Services if they need to update their email address, so they can vote electronically
  • make sure their practising certificate is up to date, or they have an LAT, so they are eligible to vote.

Teaching Council Board Elections - Education Council website(external link)

Ministry of Education to increasingly use NZBNs

The NZBN is a unique 13-digit number that identifies an entity to the government and community that works with them. It may it be a business, government agency, early learning service, university or a self-employed person.

The NZBN makes it easier to update and share basic information such as address and contact details with other organisations. You can read more about the NZBN on the webpages below.

New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) website(external link)

Managing your NZBN - New Zealand Business Number website(external link)

What do early learning services need to do?

The NZBN Registrar is matching existing NZBNs with early learning services. There’s no need for you to notify the registrar of your NZBN.

You may be contacted in the coming weeks if there’s a problem matching the correct NZBN with your early learning service.

If you:

  • are unsure if you have an NZBN or what your NZBN is, you can check on the NZBN website; or
  • do not have an NZBN you may wish to consider applying for one – it is free and guidance is available via the website.

NZBN website(external link)

If you have questions please email information.officer@education.govt.nz.

Tuia Mātauranga – new resources available online

About the resources

The latest resources to support the Tuia Mātauranga education programme are now available online. They include a series of inquiry-based learning questions that align with the programme themes of culture, technology, environment and economy. We will provide supporting material for the questions throughout 2019, including ideas for early learning.

Digital 2019 planner

In response to feedback, we have developed a Tuia Mātauranga 2019 digital planner that you can edit to include information relevant to your service. It is available in English and te reo Māori and can be downloaded as a template so you can include your own images.

You can access these resources from Te Kete Ipurangi. We will regularly update our content throughout the 2019 year, so please check the website every now and then to access the latest information and education resources.

For queries email tuia@education.govt.nz.

Tuia Mātauranga 2019 education programme - TKI website(external link)

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