Early Learning Regional News – April 2018

Regional News / General News / Other News updates for April 2018 from the Directors of Education for each Ministry of Education region.

Te Tai Tokerau regional news

Director’s message

Tēnā koutou katoa

I hope you all had a Happy Easter break.

Welcome to Dream Catchers, a new home-based care provider operating in the Far North.

Tai Tokerau Learning Support Service delivery model

Te Manawa Tahi Learning Support Service delivery model arrived in Hokianga on 15 March 2018.

Te Arahi (little orange man on tear drop flag)

You will see Te Arahi (little orange man on tear drop flag) popping up in various places in the Hokianga. Parents and whānau are able to call in and talk with a practitioner about their child’s learning needs without an appointment.

I would like to acknowledge Te Kura Takiwa o Mangonuiowae – Broadwood School for the warm welcome and use of their facilities to support tamariki, parents and whānau.

Consultation on items being considered for an Education Bill

In February, the Minister of Education announced a broad work programme that takes a strategic approach to the future of the education sector. This work will involve significant engagement across the sector. You can read about the work programme here on our website.

Kōrero Mātauranga – Let's Talk About Education


Education Conversation Logo

Education should give every New Zealander the freedom and opportunity to be the best they can be. That’s the education system we want for the future. But to achieve it we need your help.

Because education belongs to, and is about, all of us.

That’s why we want all of you – children, young people, parents, teachers, employers, iwi, families and whānau – to have a conversation about building not just a better education system, but the world’s best.

Because second best isn’t good enough for our kids, or for New Zealand.

We’d love to hear your views and your ideas. This is your chance to shape the future of New Zealand education, for all our children and young people, for the next 30 years or more.

So come on, join the conversation and spread the word to everyone you know – post publicly on Facebook and Twitter #EdConvo18. Go to the survey.(external link)

Hira Gage
Director of Education Tai Tokerau
Phone: 09 436 8914
Email: hira.gage@education.govt.nz

Auckland regional news

Launch of the Education Conversation

Tenā koe

Thank you to those who have worked with us to nominate participants for the Education Summit in Auckland. These nominations have been forwarded to Wellington and invitations will be sent from the Minister’s office. The Summit will be followed by a series of regional hui and fono, so there will be lots of opportunities to contribute to the wider Education Conversation.

On 23 March 2018, the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, formally launched the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga(external link) at Selwyn College in conjunction with the official opening of the school’s new classroom block.

Opening of new classroom block at Selwyn College with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The Prime Minister talked about the national conversation on the future of education and announced the go-live of the online public survey(external link). Over the coming weeks, more strands of the Education Conversation will be shared. A visual to help show how these strands fit together [PDF, 245 KB] in the Minister’s overall programme is available on our website.

In addition, a number of different matters are currently open for consultation including the development of a Strategic Plan for Early Learning and the review of Home-based Early Childhood Education. Your feedback on changes in the education sector is vital and greatly appreciated.

Pasifika 2018

Our staff were out in force for the Pasifika Festival at Western Springs Park last month.

The Pasifika Festival has now been running for 26 years and is an iconic event, particularly for our Māori and Pasifika communities, drawing in crowds from across the country. The purpose of the Pasifika Festival is to celebrate all things from the Pacific Islands including culture, traditional dance, song, food, clothing, produce, goods and services.   

Over 60,000 people usually attend this event, making this an excellent opportunity for us to engage with our parents, whānau and communities. As well as sharing our key educational messages, we are also listening and gathering insights so that we can better support and enhance the educational outcomes of our learners.

The Pasifika dual language picture books were a big hit, as always, and are available in 5 languages:

  • Gagana Sāmoa   
  • Lea Faka-Tonga 
  • Gagana Tokelau   
  • Vagahau Niue    
  • Cook Islands Māori.

Hard copy books can be ordered free of charge from Down the Back of the Chair(external link). PDF copies of the books, teacher and parent resources, and audio files can be accessed through TKI(external link).

Pasifika Festival at Western Springs Park

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako

On the evening of 26 March 2018, Ministry staff were privileged to join children, parents, whānau, primary teachers and early learning teachers at the inaugural ‘New Entrant and ECE Teachers’ Hui’ hosted by the Mahurangi Kāhui Ako. The hui epitomised the leadership, teamwork and collaborative practice that is found in the Mahurangi Kāhui Ako, which is led by Helen Pearson, Principal of Horizon School.

New Entrant and ECE Teachers’ Hui hosted by the Mahurangi Kāhui Ako New Entrant and ECE Teachers’ Hui hosted by the Mahurangi Kāhui Ako

The evening was made up of two parts: a dinner to foster connections and new professional relationships; and a seminar on play-based learning led by Pennie Brownlee.

As attendees arrived, they were met by young children in their Sunday best, including a very dapper young man dressed in a suit (see photo). It was a hot evening, but this young man was incredibly composed and he and the other children formed a delightful welcoming party. Later in the evening, the children were honoured to act as waiters and carried food out to the guests.

Pennie Brownlee’s seminar was thought- provoking, challenging and well-received by the enthusiastic crowd. For many attendees, this was their first taste of what it is like to be involved with a Kāhui Ako. Attendees reported that it was a great way to start their new relationship with the learning community, and an enjoyable platform for professional development.

Kāhui Ako represent a fundamental change in the way education and training providers interact, and it is great to see more Kāhui Ako taking a proactive approach to ‘joining up’ with early learning in their community. There are many different models for how early learning engagement in Kāhui Ako can occur. Please contact Carol Howard (Carol.Howard@education.govt.nz) at the Ministry of Education or your local Kāhui Ako(external link).

Oral Language and Literacy Initiative

The Oral Language and Literacy Initiative (OLLi) is now underway. Over the next three and a half years, OLLi aims to enhance the knowledge, practices and confidence kaiako (teachers) need to successfully support children’s oral language and early literacy development, underpinned by each early learning service’s curriculum. There is a particular focus on three and four year old children.

OLLi is one of the Ministry of Education's three social investment initiatives which aim to deliver early, targeted support for children aged 0-8. The Ministry will evaluate these initiatives to inform future decisions.

OLLi will provide three levels of support to specific Early Learning Services (ELS) in eight regions across New Zealand:

  • Tier 1 (universal) - supporting all kaiako in the ELS to design, implement and evaluate a curriculum that promotes oral language as an integral part of literacy learning and development for all children; 
  • Tier 2 (targeted) - delivering the Hanen ABC and Beyond© programme to two kaiako from each ELS to help them explicitly develop language and literacy skills in young children who may need more support with their language; and
  • Tier 3 (specialist) - working with trained kaiako to provide additional, tailored support for a few children who may need more specific help with language.

This support will be provided by 11 specially trained Ministry Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs) to participating ELS over a six-month period.

To date, 31 ELS are involved across Auckland. Approximately 60 kaiako from these services have started their Hanen ABC and Beyond© training delivered by SLTs Anna Christie (East and Central), Megan Thomas (West), Ruth Sinclair (South West) and Susan Gibb (South).

Dervla Beaumont, Practice and Implementation Adviser, the Auckland OLLi support person is connecting the work of OLLi across our Learning Support and Education Teams. If you would like to know more you can contact her at dervla.beaumont@education.govt.nz or the national OLLi team at orallanguage.initiative@education.govt.nz.

Dervla Beaumont, Practice and Implementation Advisor, and Speech Language Therapists.

Left to right: Dervla Beaumont, Practice and Implementation Advisor, and Speech Language Therapists Megan Thomas, Ruth Sinclair, Susan Gibb and Anna Christie

Congratulations to Daisy Docherty and Tarewa Williams

It was great to see two of our local teachers being honoured at the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) at an official ceremony hosted by the Minister of Education in Wellington recently. Daisy Docherty is an early childhood education (ECE) teacher at Kristen School in Albany, and Tarewa Williams is Curriculum Leader of Science at One Tree Hill College in Auckland. Well done Daisy and Tarewa!

Noho ora mai

Isabel Evans
Director of Education Auckland
Phone: 09 632 9333
Email: isabel.evans@education.govt.nz

Waikato regional news

Director’s message

E rau rangatira mā tēnā koutou katoa.

I hope that this month’s He Pānui Kōhungahunga – The Early Learning Bulletin finds you well.

Recently in the Waikato we brought all our staff together for a ‘whole-of-region’ professional development day. With collaboration and working as a team high on our agenda this year, it’s important we create these opportunities, as well as taking the time to discuss some of the bigger issues in education and how we can provide the best service to the sector in this context.

The presentations during our day offered opportunities for the team to reflect on the changing nature of work and the impact technology will have on employment for our youngest tamariki in their future years. Te Whāriki (2017) clearly positions young children as learners in a rapidly changing, globally connected world. The following graph was shown to us by Margaret Paiti, Principal Advisor Secondary Tertiary, displaying recent changes in employment sectors. The graph provides a challenging base for our thinking and planning to support building strong early learning foundations for a rapidly changing world.

Graph displaying recent changes in employment sectors which shows an increase and decrease in certain sectors.

Like us, we thought you might like to consider:

  • What does your teaching practice look like to promote the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed in the 21st century?
  • What does this make you think about in relation to the early childhood curriculum?
  • How will the concept of ‘knowledge’ be viewed?

Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

Speaking of looking out to the future, on 23 March 2018 the Prime Minister launched the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga to hear the views of all New Zealanders who have an interest in education. There will be two Education Summits hosted by the Minister of Education in May and alongside this you can get involved by completing the online survey. You can find the survey on the Education website(external link) and I encourage you to either complete it as an individual or get together as a team and complete it together.

Workshops for parents and educators

We are offering the following courses and workshops for parents and educators during May 2018.

Mentoring & Coaching for Educators – free

Using our own learning story to support our mentoring/coaching/supervision practice.
Date to be advised – 9.30am–12.30pm, 19 Home Straight, Te Rapa, Hamilton
Presenters – Kershni Naidoo and Sarah Murphy 
A workshop for early childhood teachers and junior teachers

Teacher Aides: Educators Supporting Learning – 2-day course

Huntly – venue to be advised
$35pp, Thursday 17 May 2018, 9am–2:30pm
Thursday 31 May 2018, 9am–2:30pm
Presenters – Darryl Connelly and Linda Terry 
Registrations close Friday 4 May 2018  

For any enquiries about enrolments/cancellations, please contact businessservices.hamilton@education.govt.nz or call 07 880 8880.

We would appreciate enrolments to be made up to 7 days before the course date. As there is a limit on course attendance numbers, we do recommend early enrolment.

Ki roto i ngā manaakitanga

Paula Rawiri
Director of Education Waikato
Phone: 07 850 8924
Email: paula.rawiri@education.govt.nz

Bay of Plenty – Waiariki regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora and talofa lava

There are a number of really important things happening in education that are worth keeping up to date with:

  • The Prime Minister has announced a national conversation on the future of education through an online public survey. I encourage everyone to engage in this important national conversation. You can access the Education Conversation survey and read more about Korero Matauranga at conversation.education.govt.nz(external link).

And for early education in particular:

  • Early Learning Strategic Plan: a new strategic plan is being developed for early learning that will set the high-level direction and vision for the next 10 years.
  • Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education: a review of home-based early childhood education (ECE) is also underway, to ensure that it delivers quality education and care for children.

You can read more about these developments on the Education website.

Taupō Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako conference

I was fortunate to attend the Taupō Kāhui Ako conference on 22 March 2018. Mere Berryman and Alex Hotere-Barnes were keynote speakers and they established the focus for the event. A wide range of workshops took place on the Friday with presenters from different Kāhui Ako across the Bay of Plenty – Waiariki region. ‘Effective Transitioning from ECE to Primary School’ was one of the workshops co-presented by Kirsty Darvill (ECE) and Rachel Donnelly (primary school teacher).

Taupō Kāhui Ako value the importance of ECE and the inclusive relationship they have within the learning community. Taupō Kāhui Ako announced to ECE that some of the profit from the conference is to be donated to them for their own professional learning in support of the achievement challenge outcomes.

Carmel Hoetawa (Taupō Kāhui Ako lead principal) and her team conducted a very successful conference that offered inspiration and possibilities to support Kāhui Ako and its future for children. Tauranga Peninsula Kāhui Ako has offered to host the conference next year.

Opening of new Puna Reo

It was an honour for Ministry staff to attend the opening of Te Puna Reo o Ngāti Manawa in Murupara on 2 March 2018.

Halee Merriman from Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau has shared her report on the event:

“We finished the week on a big high last Friday when we opened Te Puna Reo o Ngāti Manawa in awesome style! The day started with a rousing pōhiri to our special manuhiri from the Ministry of Education and our Member of Parliament Tamati Coffey who carried out the official opening. Pakeke Keneti, who has many whanaunga here in Ngāti Manawa, accompanied him. Tamati himself also had a kuia who was brought up here. 

Te Puna Reo o Ngāti Manawa will do a whole lot of good for us. Being on-site as part of the kura means we will be able to do mahi together from our pēpi to our oldest ones as one big whānau. The Puna Reo will be on the same waka with us and benefit from being in an environment that is totally wairua, reo tikanga and uara Maori.

Our uri led by Whaea Sandra Rangikataua and our tutor Poihaere Johnson will be exposed to top-class teaching, learning and have access to all our resources such as Piki te Ora, a dedicated playground and lots of equipment.

Above all, they will have a dedicated group of māmā doing their thing amongst them as helpers. The Puna Reo will be managed by a rōpū of mothers whose Chair is Maria Higgins. Other members are Halee Merriman, Poihaere Johnson and Whaea Sandra. 

Te Puna Reo will be well funded and resourced by the Ministry of Education whose ECE Advisor Gina Royal was instrumental in promoting and supporting it from the very beginning.

Ka nui te mihi ki te hunga rae wera nāna ko Te Puna Reo o Ngāti Manawa e tu nei!”

Official Opening of new Puna Reo

Tamati Coffey officially opens new Puna Reo

Official Opening of new Puna Reo

Thank you for sharing your journey and we look forward to further supporting you and your community.

Licensing information – fences

Children’s safety is paramount at all times while operating ECE services. Please see the information below about fencing requirements.

Regulatory requirement:

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 – Regulation 45(external link) and licensing criterion PF13:

  • Outdoor activity space needs to be enclosed by structures and/or fences and gates designed to ensure that children are not able to leave the premises without the knowledge of adults providing education and care.

Height and aesthetics:

Fences of less than 1.2 m high are unlikely to be high enough to prevent children from climbing over them. A safer height is 1.5 m, and 1.8 m may be desirable if older children (ie, 4 year olds) attend. When deciding on the fence height consider:

  • How many adults will be able to be outside with the children at any time
  • Whether the layout of the outdoor space creates any barriers to supervision
  • How equipment is likely to be placed and whether moveable equipment could create hazards in the future (eg, if children shift equipment closer to a fence)
  • The surrounding environments – paddocks, a busy road or bodies of water offer different ‘attractions’ and hazards for children
  • Fencing that allows the children to see out to the world around them. Swimming pool fencing is one way to provide this opportunity, and windows can be inserted in solid fences to allow children to look out and community members to see in and interact with children (discuss your situation with staff from your local Ministry of Education office and regional health authority)
  • Resource consent issues that may dictate the height and construction of the fence. Solid fencing reduces noise transfer from the centre to any neighbours
  • Adding windows, framed mirrors and areas suitable for painting (eg, a large piece of light-coloured formica) that can create interest, make spaces feel larger and use space effectively
  • Having a small gap of 5 mm between each paling that allows wind to flow through rather than build up and come over the top of a solid fence.

General tips:

  • If horizontal supports are on the outside, children won't be able to use them to climb over the fence. If the fence is already built, a fillet on the horizontal rail or covering the area between the rails may prevent children from climbing
  • If using a hurricane pipe and wire fence, consider using the wire that is 25 mm across the diamond. This is a smaller size than normal, but children can easily climb the 60 mm size. The pipe needs to be secure at the top and bottom.

Gates should:

  • Be of a height and design to prevent children from climbing over or through
  • Preferably have a self-closing mechanism installed
  • Have a latching mechanism that is unreachable by children.

If you have any further queries about any licencing requirements please contact our ECE Education Advisors Gina Royal, Aroha Hicks, Vicky Wilson, Nicole Young or Michelle Grant-Broughton.

If there is anything you would like to discuss, or if you have an issue you want to talk about, please contact me via my details below.

La manuia

Ezra Schuster
Director of Education Bay of Plenty – Waiariki
Phone: 07 349 8309
Mobile: 027 296 8196
Email: ezra.schuster@education.govt.nz

Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti regional news

Director’s message

Tēnā koutou

These are exciting times in the education sector at the moment with the opportunity for everyone to participate in the big discussion about the future of education. It is great to hear that the sector is encouraging their communities to take part through the Education Conversation survey at conversation.education.govt.nz(external link) – the wider the voices heard, the richer the conversations will be.

Of particular interest to the early learning sector is the announcement last week of the establishment of an independent Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) to provide advice on a new strategic plan which sets the high-level direction and vision for early learning for the next 10 years. Also announced was further details of the review of home-based early childhood education (ECE).

SELO sector events

As listed below, we have a number of upcoming events for the early learning sector. Details about upcoming events will be sent out by Irene McAllister (Step Up Ltd). For any queries, please email Irene at irene@stepup.net.nz.

  • Monday 23 April, 2–4pm: Home-based providers support network meeting, Ministry of Education
  • Saturday 28 April (workshop full): Living Out Te Tiriti in Early Learning workshop, Ministry of Education
  • Wednesday 2 May, 7–8.30pm: Mark Moorehouse Child Protection seminar, Havelock North Community Centre
  • Wednesday 23 May, 5.30–7.45pm: ECE sector meeting, Focus on Transitions to School, Ebbett Park School
  • Tuesday 29 May, 5.30–7.30pm: Sole service providers support network meeting, Ministry of Education
  • Saturday 23 June (workshop full): Living Out Te Tiriti in Early Learning workshop, Ministry of Education
  • Sunday 24 June, 9am–4pm (almost full): Living Out Te Tiriti in Early Learning workshop, Ministry of Education.

The dates for Gisborne and Wairoa Early Learning Services are likely to be scheduled for the second week of June 2018.

Area Strategy for Havelock North

We recently held our first public and sector engagement sessions for the development of an Area Strategy for Havelock North. It was great to have such a wide range of views represented to help us identify strengths and opportunities within the area, ways to engage with the wider community and the potential composition for a ‘Reference Group’.

Of particular note was the strong representation from the early learning sector. The purpose of the Area Strategy is to consider the medium and long-term population growth in Havelock North to help identify options that ensure any growth can be accommodated and support positive educational outcomes for children and young people.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako membership

During Term 1, the Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti region has seen a significant increase (41%) in the numbers of early learning services that are formal members of Kāhui Ako. At the end of 2017, there were 30 early learning services who were formal members of Kāhui Ako in the region. Twenty-one additional services have become official members, 8 in Tairāwhiti, one more in Wairoa, one in Napier, 3 in Hastings, 4 in Havelock North and 4 in Flaxmere. 

If you are interested in knowing more about the Kāhui Ako in your area, keep an eye out for the early learning Kāhui Ako network meetings that will be held April-June 2018 or contact Hayley Whitaker, Lead Advisor, on 06 831 0642 or 027 206 0629. You can also download an expression of interest form by going to our Education website.

Kāhui Ako leaders’ hui

Attendees representing 12 Kāhui Ako from across Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne met recently to share and discuss their progress to date. The theme for the day was collaboration and working together.

Hayley Whitaker Lead Advisor, Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, provided information about early learning membership in Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti Kāhui Ako and outlined future plans for early learning engagement. Karen Hocking, Manager Learning Support, provided an update on how her team is working across the region. Sharon Blount, Principal Advisor, Secondary Tertiary spoke briefly about her role and offered assistance in helping Kāhui Ako establish tertiary pathways.

Information was provided on managing inquiry time, refreshing achievement challenges and sharing personal information. The next hui in Term 2 will be held on 12 June.

Staff farewell

Lyn Kerr, Service Manager (Learning Support) has made the decision to retire at the end of this school term after an incredible 51 years working for the Ministry of Education and Special Education Services in Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti.

After such an innings she has made huge contribution to outcomes for children and young people across our region. It is always sad to lose people with such a wealth of experience and expertise, but she can look back with pride on everything that she has achieved. Thank you for your impressive public service Lyn and we are sure you will enjoy the quieter times ahead!

Get to know us

Doug Putaranui – staff profile

Doug Putaranui.

What’s your role at the Ministry of Education?

I work in the contracts and student support team. We are a small team who work with under 16-year-old students who are disengaged from education. This requires finding an appropriate pathway to support the student back into schooling. A major part of the role is navigating those different pathways towards achieving a suitable and sustainable outcome for each student we work with. We take a ‘one size fits one’ approach.

When did you join the Ministry and why did you come here?

I joined the Ministry in 2002 after working in Waikato for a number of years. Being from Ngāti Pāhauwera and Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, I had always wanted to return home to work for and with my people. Joining the Ministry has given me the ideal opportunity to make a contribution to the educational achievement of not only my whānau, hapū and iwi in the first instance, but Māori student achievement overall.

What do you most enjoy about working here?

The nature of working in student support can be reactive and challenging at the best of times. Being able to work across the office with support from other staff with their expertise helps make the work less challenging and more satisfying and rewarding when things come together for returning a student back into the system.

Tell us about something interesting you do in your non-work life.

Fishing at the mouth of the Mohaka river with whānau and mokopuna. It’s not about catching a kahawai – that’s a bonus. It’s about connecting with the river, sharing quality time with whānau and generally relaxing.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, who would it be, and why?

My eldest granddaughters’ indoor basketball coach at Bossier Community College, Louisiana. I would get to experience what she is doing and get to travel and watch her play inter-state basketball.

Roy Sye
Director of Education Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti
Phone: 06 833 6898
Email: roy.sye@education.govt.nz

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora koutou katoa

You may be aware that Minister Hipkins has announced the terms of reference for the Early Learning Strategic Plan and the review of home-based(external link) early childhood education (ECE). This is a great opportunity for the sector to provide feedback to ensure that our children have access to quality provision. You can read more on our website.

Team changes

Julie Hook, our widely-respected Manager of Learning Support, left us in March to focus on her health. Julie has been instrumental in implementing the changes to our Learning Support Delivery Model. Marlene Clarkson is currently acting in this role, while Di Wilson has stepped in to act in Marlene’s Manager Education role.

Marlene can be contacted at marlene.clarkson@education.govt.nz and Di at dianne.wilson@education.govt.nz.

Information and dates for safety checking

We would like to remind all early learning services that they must safety check all their children’s workers. These are requirements under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (VCA) and our licensing and certification criteria.

All children’s workers must be safety checked according to the standards set out in the VCA and safety checking regulations.

The safety checking requirements have been phased in since 2015 with the next date for compliance being 1 July 2018:

  • From 1 July 2015, all new core children’s workers should have been safety checked
  • From 1 July 2016, all new non-core children’s workers should have been safety checked
  • By 1 July 2018, all existing core children’s workers must be safety checked
  • By 1 July 2019, all existing non-core children’s workers must be safety checked.

If you are an early learning service owner operator, and you also work in that early learning service as a children’s worker, then you need to arrange to be safety checked by a third party. You can use our approved screening service(external link) to undertake that safety check for you.

All early learning services must have a written procedure for safety checking all children’s workers and a record of all safety checks and the results.

Safety checking includes the collection and consideration of a range of information about the person. A safety check for new children’s workers is made up of 7 components:

  1. Verification of identity (including previous identities)
  2. An interview
  3. Information about work history
  4. Referee information
  5. Information from any relevant professional organisation or registration body
  6. A New Zealand Police vet
  7. A risk assessment.

The risk assessment involves an evaluation of all information collected to assess if there is any risk to children’s safety. You can find further information on our website.

Contact us

A reminder that we have an email address that you can use to communicate with the Education Advisors across our region. Information or requests can be sent to: ece.twm@education.govt.nz.

Please contact me using the details below if you wish to discuss any issues or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ngā mihi

Jann Marshall
Director of Education Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu
Phone: 06 349 6352
Mobile: 021 229 7685
Email: jann.marshall@education.govt.nz

Wellington regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora

I hope you all enjoyed the recent Easter holiday and took the opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends.

In the 5 April special edition of the Bulletin you would have seen the various reviews and upcoming consultations that are coming out for the Early Learning Strategic Plan. Here are the quick links again for you:

Join the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

Education Conversation Logo

We want to also hear your views on education and make sure there is strong input from the early learning sector into the national education conversation.

WaiPESI Play Day for Under 5s

WaiPESI (Wainuiomata Pasifika Education Success Initiative) held a play day in Wainuiomata on Thursday 1 March 2018 in the Wainuiomata Community Hall. This is a day where the community come togetherand learn alongside their children. Many people took part and enjoyed the festive atmosphere and information about their local networks.

This event is held twice a year. The local early childhood education (ECE) organisations in Wainuiomata arrange the activities and network to promote participation in ECE. The Pacific Health Service support this initiative and the team were on hand to share information and resources.

An array of activities were ready for the children to choose from. The babies and infants were not forgotten. They were drawn to the treasure baskets filled with many different shapes, colours and materials. Their curiosity was apparent.

Hutt City Libraries also held a Baby Bounce and Rhyme session and this was a big hit. It attracted a large group and got everyone actively involved in the songs and stories. These sessions help build a strong foundation for literacy and this was a great example of the community working closely for the benefit of their children.

A fia vave oo lou va’a, alo na o ‘oe, ae a fia tuli mamao
le taunu’uga tatou ‘alo’alo faatasi.
If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
(Samoan proverb)

Megan Hutchison – staff profile

Megan Hutchison

I am mum to 5 girls who all went to Playcentre as their primary form of ECE. This was where my passion for, and interest in, early learning was really ignited. My background is in legal publishing, but I decided to change direction after my youngest child went to school.

I have been with the Ministry of Education for 4-and-a-half years now, working in National Office, primarily with ECE Operational Funding and Operational Policy teams.

I’ve also spent time in the Ministerials team, which gave me a broad view of the Ministry’s work programme and all its many moving parts.

In February I joined the ECE team based in Lower Hutt as a Senior Education Advisor.
Outside of work, aside from being kept busy with my children’s many and varied activities, I volunteer in coaching and administration roles for a number of community sporting organisations. 

You can contact me at megan.hutchison@education.govt.nz or on 04 463 7628.

Kind regards

Erika Ross
Director of Education for Wellington
Phone: 04 463 8668
Mobile: 027 509 0430
Email: erika.ross@education.govt.nz

Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast regional news

Director’s message

Tēnā koutou katoa

Welcome to the April Bulletin. This last term has flown by and autumn is already upon us. This Bulletin features updates on what has been happening for Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in our region, as well as an introduction to our Early Intervention Teachers.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako update

As the Kāhui Ako in the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast region continue to develop and move towards the work that will affect the learning experiences of ākonga in our schools and services, the opportunities for engagement with early learning services are growing. While Achievement Challenges may have been constructed around National Standards and NCEA results, schools understand the key role played by early childhood teachers in providing a solid foundation for future learning experiences.

Many communities have already started conversations with the early learning services in their area. Your Ministry of Education Lead Advisors for Kāhui Ako and Early Childhood Education Advisors are keen to encourage or facilitate discussions on working towards meaningful ECE representation in all our Kāhui Ako across the region. We have already begun setting up workshops, which will allow you to explore how this might be achieved, and hope to roll this out to other communities in due course.

Oral language on top for Nelson City Kāhui Ako

The Nelson City Kāhui Ako is developing a focus on supporting the oral language skills of tamariki in their kindergartens and primary schools. A team of Ministry of Education staff, as well as school and kindergarten teachers from the Kāhui Ako, have been working together over the past year. Their focus is on growing children’s oral language skills to support their learning.

The team has gathered information from teachers and whānau about how they do this and a Kāhui Ako meeting was held on 22 March 2018 to share the findings and develop next steps. Ideas were shared and connections made with teachers who are enthusiastic and keen to be involved. Next steps will include a range of inquiry-based professional development opportunities, which will encourage teachers to reflect on and develop their teaching practice in supporting the oral language skills of the tamariki they teach.

Incredible Years Teacher programme

The Incredible Years Teacher (IYT) programme provides teachers with approaches to help manage disruptive behaviour and create a more positive learning environment for their students. The programme(external link) is for teachers of children aged 3 to 8 years, and is available for schools and early learning services across Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast. 

Here is some feedback from teachers recently involved in IYT training:

  • "A great day – lots of strategies to re-light my passion for teaching."
  • "Great to get ideas from other teachers and group leaders on ways to prevent rather than cure behaviour."
  • "This session was great. I appreciated the opportunity to reflect and plan! I have renewed hope and optimism and feel very supported."

If your ECE service is interested, please contact Bernadette Cook in the Nelson Ministry of Education Office on 03 546 3470.

Introducing our Early Intervention Teachers

Alyssa Sherring

Alyssa Sherring

Early Intervention Teacher for Nelson
Alyssa will be going on maternity leave in May 2018, returning back to work in January 2019. Charlotte Blick will be covering Alyssa’s leave.
DDI: 03 539 1566
Mobile: 027 836 2573

Deborah van Dam

Deborah van Dam

Early Intervention Teacher for Stoke and Richmond
DDI: 03 539 1544
Mobile: 027 836 2571

Ginny van Zill de Jong

Ginny van Zill de Jong

Early Intervention Teacher for Tasman
DDI: 03 528 1754
Mobile: 027 836 2579

Jessica Coleman

Jessica Coleman

Early Intervention Teacher for Blenheim, Picton and Kaikoura
DDI: 03 579 1881
Mobile: 027 836 5048

Sheryn Luff

Sheryn Luff

Early Intervention Teacher for the West Coast
DDI: 03 768 2015
Mobile: 027 836 2394

Derek Lucic
Director of Education Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast
Phone: 03 539 1536
Mobile: 027 605 2015
Email: derek.lucic@education.govt.nz

Canterbury regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora

I was fortunate to be able to enjoy some rest and recreation in the Marlborough Sounds at the end of March. For the first few days the weather was better than summer but we did get rain towards the end of the week as one can only experience on the West Coast. While I was enjoying this time, the Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako Change Management Symposium was held and it was reported to be a great success. A number of our staff attended alongside the Kāhui Ako principals. We have had incredibly positive feedback, with some principals saying it was one of the most enjoyable Professional Learning Development (PLD) opportunities they have had.

The workshops included resources, strategies or ideas that Kāhui Ako leaders could take and apply to their own context.  The size of workshops also promoted deep and rich dialogue from all participants. Thank you to everyone involved in this event.

The Ministry of Education supports the education sector with advice, information and resources, as well as policy advice to government. We employ around 3,500 staff in our offices around the country, including around 1,600 in learning support roles.

On occasions, the Ministry of Education’s Canterbury Chatham Islands region have secondment opportunities to positions supporting the Ministry with improving educational achievement for all students/children.  These opportunities may interest people who like variety and a challenge and would like to work with our fantastic regional team. 

If you are interested in talking to someone about the Ministry and what might be suitable for both your professional development and what the Ministry can provide, please contact Ann-Maree Fuller, senior HR advisor ann-maree.fuller@education.govt.nz

Welcome to Leonie McBride - it is great to have her as part of the team. Leonie started in an Education Adviser position last month and introduces herself below.

Kia ora koutou,
Ko te pēpēha o tenei takiwa,
Ko Takitimu te waka,
Ko Aoraki te maunga,
Te Waimakariri te awa,
Ko Kai Tahu tōku whānui,

Ko Leonie McBride ahau,
No Hakatere ahau.

My name is Leonie and I am privileged in coming to work with and alongside so many passionate and inspiring people here in the Ministry of Education – simply walking in and meeting each person has been a real inspiration!

While I originally come from Christchurch, my whānau and I have been living and working within the rural sector for many years - from milking cows, supporting curriculum, driving tractors, and completing my own studies with relentless hours of tears and love, I have been lucky enough to be called into the Early Childhood sector.

I have a diverse background in education, working with large teams of teachers in centre based context, small rural communities, home based education, supporting tertiary students and a distant foray into special education, along with involvement with school Boards of Trustees and community groups. I have a real interest in leadership in Early Childhood education and believe that this begins with harnessing the uniqueness and individual kete of knowledge each individual brings. 
I look forward to sharing this journey and supporting all of our most precious taonga through our stewardship and nourishment.

My contact details at the Ministry are
DDI (03) 378 7316

Ngā Mihi

Learning Support Funding Notices

Please note that to keep children’s information safe, Learning Support Funding Notices (HO3s and HO7s) and Education Support Worker notices will now only been sent to the service provider contact.  If additional staff within your centre or organisation require this information we ask that you forward this to them.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako News

Kāhui Ako in the Canterbury region continue to engage with their members to develop the networks of collaboration that will ensure enhanced pathways across education sectors. 

Early childhood services in the Ashburton area have been developing a structure that will best suit them to engage with the Hakatere Kāhui Ako.   After meeting together, the early childhood services community organised into two main groups who will be represented in the Kāhui Ako.  Barbara Kirk, along with one head teacher from the association, will represent the first group of five kindergartens from the Ashburton Kindergarten Association and Vince Brierly and Louise Currie will represent the second group of services who wanted to engage formally with the Kāhui Ako.

With support from a professional development provider who specialises in early childhood education, the groups are preparing formal mechanisms for communication, a memorandum of understanding and protocols that will assist them in their engagement with Hakatere Kāhui Ako. 

Louise Currie has found the process of engaging with the facilitator very worthwhile. The facilitator has been able to help the early childhood representatives and the larger group feel more confident with decisions they are making.  Louise has found the support and engagement with Kāhui Ako to have been invaluable opportunities.

Barbara Kirk noted that working with the facilitator has made it easy to be integrated into the Hakatere Kāhui Ako.  The relationship between the Ashburton Kindergarten Association and the Kāhui Ako has been positive with the head teacher who attends the meetings being very welcome.  Barbara mentioned that the head teacher has also fed back that there is great value in attending these meeting and the direct contact with the Hakatere leadership.

There are many more examples of successful structures including those where individual early childhood services engage directly with other members of the Kāhui Ako.  Kāhui Ako Lead Advisers are able to support all early childhood services to identify the most appropriate way for them to engage with Kāhui Ako. If you are interested in becoming formally acknowledged as a member of a Kāhui Ako or wish to seek information about existing Kāhui Ako around your geographical location, please contact our Education Advisers at ece.canterbury@education.govt.nz.

Looking for stories

Is your early childhood service proud of the quality it provides or have you been involved in a special event or celebration? We are looking for Canterbury stories to showcase best practise, innovation or collaboration in this bulletin. Please contact barbara.madden@education.govt.nz if you have a story to tell.

Futures Network

Attendees at the Futures Network hui held in March heard from Jayne Franklin and Frances Nelson from the Education Council about the council’s leadership strategy. The council’s vision is stated as:

Through transformative leadership a biculturally capable, confident and connected teaching profession is achieving educational equity and excellence for children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Sandy Radford (Portobelo Preschools) facilitated a group submission to the council based on a monkey survey and discussions at the hui. The result of this was that respondents felt the vision spoke to the early childhood sector although it should be enhanced by a specific, unique focus on early childhood teaching and learning.

Attendees also heard from Erin Sturman (Ministry of Education) about opportunities to engage in Incredible Years – Teachers and Incredible Years – Parents professional learning opportunities. If you are interested in either of these, please contact Erin at erin.sturman@education.govt.nz.

Please note that all meetings of this network will be held in the Ministry of Education Conference Room (ground floor), Te Ureti, cornner Hereford St and Cambridge Terrace. Dates for the second half of 2018 are:

Tuesday 18 September, 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 13 November, 9.30 – 11.30am – Annual conversation with Coralanne Child

The closest public parking is the West End parking building – entry via Cashel St. There are also council owned public parking buildings in Lichfield St and at the Art Gallery with the first hour free (check that this offer is still available).

Next meeting

Date: Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Time:  9.30am – 11.30am

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Ministry of Education ECE update (Vanessa Goodwin – Ministry of Education)
  • Panel – supporting wellbeing in children and adults

Ground Floor Conference Room
Te Ureti
48 Hereford Street
Christchurch (cnr Hereford St and Cambridge Tce)

Please note that for health and safety purposes the names of those attending are required. Please RSVP with names to barbara.madden@education.govt.nz.

We are here to help you so please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the Canterbury team when you need support.

Mā te wā

Coralanne Child
Director of Education Canterbury 
Phone: 03 378 7345
Email: coralanne.child@education.govt.nz

Otago Southland Regional News

Director's message

Kia ora koutou and warm Pasifika greetings.

I hope you have enjoyed successive long weekends of late, as well as Easter, and have enjoyed some time out with families and friends, and possibly even Ed Sheeran!

In this issue I have shared some of the changes that are happening and the opportunities we have had to share these with the sector and specific groups. I have also included a wrap-up of the successful Pioneers PD hui and a reminder about upcoming workshops.

Changes in Education

There is lots of work happening in this space, and as a general reminder our website includes a summary of all change information(external link), which is regularly updated. 

On 23 March the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga was formally launched by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, at Selwyn College in Auckland.  This is part of the Government’s desire to hear everyone’s views about education, as it looks to shape the future through its education reform programme.  Information gained through the survey will contribute to the design of the Education Summits, to be held in Christchurch and Auckland in May, followed by regional engagement.

You can access the Education Conversation survey at conversation.education.govt.nz(external link).  Or for those that embrace social media, #EdConvo18.

I would encourage you to share this with your parent communities – the Minister is particularly interested in the views of parents, whānau and the wider community, and there will be ongoing opportunities to be involved.  I’ll keep you updated with these when more details are available. 

Sector reference group meetings

On 27 and 28 March our first Otago and Southland Sector reference group meetings for 2018, were held in Dunedin and Invercargill.  These meetings were largely focused on the Government’s priorities, programme of reform and legislative change processes.

The Sector Reference Groups are comprised of representatives of Principal Associations, ECE, NZSTA, unions, special character groups, RTLB, REAP, iwi, and professional development organisations.

I value the opportunity to meet with sector groups or organisations, as not only does it allow us to share information in a more direct way, but more importantly it allows me to hear what is pressing for you, what you need more information about, and what you need support with.  Please contact me (julie.anderson@education.govt.nz), your Manager Education or my Principal Adviser, Aimee Te Tau (aimee.tetau@education.govt.nz), if you would like us to meet with your group or discuss these ideas further.

BestStart Regional Conference

I was pleased to be able to discuss some of these ideas at the BestStart Regional Conference on 7 April. This conference is part of BestStart’s professional development, as well as an opportunity to recognise services that received Trustmark awards in this area. These awards recognise quality teaching and leadership and management, and centres achieving a level of excellence in the education and care of tamariki. Congratulations to the following centres:

CentreTrustmark category
First Steps Matau Alexandra Quality teaching
ABC Marchwiel
Quality teaching
ABC Oamaru Quality teaching
ABC Invercargill North 2 Quality teaching
Edukids North Road
Quality teaching
Leadership and management

Edukids North Road Team.
Edukids North Road Team, Centre Manager Pam Carmichael, Professional Services Manager Trudi Lowe-Gibbons, Founder of BestStart Wayne Wright and Deputy CEO Fiona Hughes

Pioneers Hui

A very successful and inspiring ‘Professional Learning Hui’ was held on 15-16 March 2018. It was organised and facilitated by Pioneers and covered current topics of interest to the early learning sector. The attendees (140) from across Otago and Southland gained from the expertise of the facilitators and greatly valued the space away from centres to be together to talk and have time with teams and peers to have in-depth discussions during the 2 days. Lorraine Cooper was in attendance, with multiple hats on, and we have benefited from her sharing with us the learning that occurred.

Friday 16 March was specifically for early learning leaders:

  • Bridgit Williams (Auckland facilitator and mentor) gave a morning workshop around ‘Leading a Learning Culture’ to 55 early learning leaders where she confirmed the most influential factor in ensuring high quality teaching and learning is effective leadership. The participants learnt effective strategies for developing team understandings of good teaching and clarified the role, skills, knowledge and dispositions of leadership that improve outcomes for children
  • Matt Carter (Director of Business Development Otago Polytechnic) provided a ‘Know Yourself, Grow Yourself, Know Your Team, Grow Your Team’ workshop in the afternoon which gave insight, practical advice and coaching to team leaders.

The Saturday morning workshops were also facilitated by Bridgit. She positively challenged people to think about shifting their practice by ‘Refocusing on Our National Curriculum’ in light of the review changes. She also ran a session on ‘Supporting Children in Social Competence’, which included alternative strategies for responding to children learning appropriate behaviour. In the afternoon there were elective workshops on ‘Samoan Culture’, ‘Workplace Wellness’ and ‘Engaging Whānau in Their Children’s Learning’.

It is heartening that Pioneers had quality early childhood education (ECE) and the learning outcomes of all children in focus for this hui. Pioneers plans to offer such hui to the wider early learning sector again in the future, and are already planning on working with Bridgit around current appraisal processes and how to be an effective appraiser.

A big thank you from those who were at the hui to Pioneers for being generous with their organisational time and energy in opening up the latest ‘Professional Learning Hui’ to the early learning community.

Ha aha te mea nui o te ao.

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

Child Protection Workshops

A reminder that a few spaces (especially in Invercargill) are still available for the Child Protection Workshops that we are offering as professional development for early learning services, at no cost.

Registrations are needed as soon as possible – there are a maximum of 30 places per session and if oversubscribed we will look to schedule more. 

Date of TrainingCourse CodeLocationVenueEnrolment Link
Saturday, 12 May 2018 WHQU1801 Queenstown Crown Plaza,
93 Queen Street, Queenstown
Enrolment Link - Queenstown(external link)
Saturday, 26 May 2018 WHIV1801 Invercargill Elmwood Garden & Catering,
309 Dee Street, Invercargill
Enrolment Link - Invercargill(external link)
Saturday, 16 June 2018 WHDU1801 Dunedin Wains Hotel,
310 Princes Street, Dunedin
Enrolment Link - Dunedin(external link)

Please contact me if you wish to discuss any issues or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ngā mihi mahana


Julie Anderson
Director of Education Otago - Southland
Email: julie.anderson@education.govt.nz
Direct Dial: 03 471 5217
Cell phone 027 836 4846

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