Early Learning Regional News – August 2018
Regional News / General News / Other News updates for August 2018 from the Directors of Education for each Ministry of Education region.
- Tai Tokerau regional news
- Auckland regional news
- Waikato regional news
- Bay of Plenty – Waiariki regional news
- Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti regional news
- Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū regional news
- Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast regional news
- Canterbury regional news
- Otago-Southland regional news
Kia ora koutou
Congratulations on ERO report
Congratulations to Kerikeri Playcentre for receiving a Category 4 – Very Well Placed Education Review Office (ERO) report. ERO states that Kerikeri Playcentre continues to provide high quality early learning opportunities. The centre's strengths identified in ERO's 2015 review have been sustained, and improvements have been ongoing as a result of effective internal evaluation. A strong commitment to the playcentre’s philosophy of learning through play continues to support positive outcomes for children. Well done to all parents and whānau.
Local curriculum hui at Karikari Peninsula signs off the Te Whāriki update workshops for Far North
Far North early learning services and schools met together on Thursday 19 July at Karikari Peninsula to wananga and hear local speakers talk about what local curriculum could look like if designed for Te Ao Māori and tamariki Māori. The day sped past as participants were wowed by the scenery, speakers and wananga content, focusing on building a local curriculum with your local iwi.
The day was organised by Siobhan Reti of Mauri, a Te Reo Māori immersion home-based child care service based in Kaitaia. Siobhan was also the Curriculum Champion for CORE Education in the implementation of the Te Whāriki update. Speakers on the day were Darrio Penetito-Hemara, Raniera McGrath, June Subritzky, Te Ikanui Kingi-Waiaua and Fiona McGrath.
There was a full house of excited and inspired early learning and school teachers by the end of the day interested in meeting with their local iwi to mobilise their local curriculum in their area.
Learning Support contacts
All children needing support with their learning should get help. The Learning Support (previously Special Education) team available to be contacted for your early learning service’s enquiries are:
|Contact details||Area of responsibility|
|Manager Learning Support:
09 436 8020
027 565 3857
|Overview of all Learning Support areas|
09 408 6931
027 2006 131
|Learning services in the Far North|
Kirsten Parker van Eck
09 436 8988
027 6047 901
|Learning services in the Mid North|
09 436 8955
027 200 8375
|Learning services in the Whangarei and Whangarei South area|
09 436 8999
029 239 0989
|Learning services in the Whangarei North and Northern Wairoa areas|
09 436 8028
027 839 2650
|Learning services in the Whangarei and Whangarei Mid-West area|
09 436 8900
|Queries related to Education Support worker contracts, schedules and payments|
Director of Education Tai Tokerau
Phone: 09 436 8914
Malo e lelei
Thank you to everyone who has been involved with the Education Conversation over the past few months, whether that be through the Education Summit, attending fono, or engaging with the website. An initial analysis of the first 11,000 submissions is now available on the Education Conversation website [PDF, 579KB](external link) and is a really interesting read.
The next month will be a busy one, with Tongan Language Week, Maori Language Week and Conservation Week giving us plenty of inspiration for themes and activities to celebrate with our little ones. As always, we would love to see your pictures showing how you celebrated these events.Please email them to: email@example.com.
Meetings discussing proposals for Home-based ECE
The Ministry of Education is holding evening meetings about proposed changes to home-based ECE on the following dates:
Wednesday 29 August from 7pm-8.30pm at Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre, 17 Palmers Road, Clendon.
Thursday 30 August from 7pm-8.30pm at Potter’s Park Events Centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Mt. Eden.
If you are an educator or a parent we would love to see you at one of the meetings. Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided. You can download a flyer that you can print and display in your service from our website.
You can find more information about the Home-based Review and complete a short survey on the Education Conversation website(external link).
If you have any further comments or questions about the Home-based Review, you can contact the Ministry of Education at Homebased.Ecereview@education.govt.nz.
Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga (Tongan Language Week)
Tongan Language Week is being held from Sunday 2 September to Saturday 8 September 2018. The Ministry of Pacific Peoples, together with Te Papa, have created a resource for Tongan Language Week [PDF, 1.5MB](external link) that covers the Belonging | Mana Whenua and the Communication | Mana Reo strands of Te Whāriki.
Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week
- North Shore – Tuesday 11 September
- Auckland (CBD) – Thursday 13 September
- Manukau (CBD) – Friday 14 September.
Friday 14 September is Māori Language Day(external link) commemorating the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Māori Language to Parliament. Hundreds of people now celebrate September as Mahuru Māori(external link), in which they dedicate themselves to speaking only Māori.
The theme for 2018 will be 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’, meaning: “Let’s make the Māori language strong”.
Nominations for the Te Wiki o te Reo Māori category in Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori’s Māori Language Awards 2018(external link) will open on 10 September 2018 and close on 12 October 2018. The Awards event will take place at Te Papa, Wellington on 23 November 2018.
Conservation Week is run by the Department of Conservation each year to encourage people to get involved in nature and help to take care of it, and this year will be celebrated between 15 and 23 September. You can find events in your area on the DOC website(external link) or alternatively get ideas for everyday activities(external link) and education resources to use in Conservation Week – and all year round!
Pacific Fono #edconvo18
During the last month, Auckland Ministry staff organised and supported 21 Pacific fono across Auckland as follow up to the Education Summits. The purpose of the fono and summits was to encourage feedback from Pacific students, families, professionals and communities, and through this project we have reached over 1,000 Pacific participants. Smaller fono were held with specific Pacific communities, followed up by 2 large pan-Pacific Summits held at Kelston Boys’ High School and Otahuhu College. Thank you so much to everyone who took part in these wonderfully successful events.
Engaging ethnic communities in Kōrero Mātauranga
As part of broadening the reach of #edconvo18, our ESOL, Refugee and Migrant Team have engaged with representatives from a large number of different ethnic communities across the Auckland region. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga and support these communities to participate in this important discussion.
Members of the Chinese, Indian, Somali, Vietnamese, Korean, Sikh, African, Najashi, Baha’i, Afghan, Ahmadiya Muslim and Muslim communities all attended, as well as representatives from a range of multi-ethnic organisations such as Umma Trust, ARMS, NZ Ethnic Women’s Trust, RCNZ, NZESS and CNSST Foundation.
These meetings have led to a number of representatives planning further engagement with their communities to discuss the shape and values an educational system should hold dear. For example, it was great to see the link to the online survey popping up on a Vietnamese community Facebook page!
New ECE Senior Advisors Josie Wall and Marlo Camacho
A warm welcome to our newest ECE Senior Advisors Josie Wall and Marlo Camacho, both based in our Maungawhau office. Marlo will be primarily focused on early learning services in the west, while Josie will mainly be working with services in central Auckland.
Marlo has worked in ECE for more than 20 years and is passionate about uplifting the teaching practices and service delivery of centres. Josie comes to us from 18 years of teaching in both the early learning and primary sectors and spent the last 7 years managing a centre.
We are confident that Josie and Marlo will both be valuable additions to our early learning team.
Participation and engagement
The latest participation data has recently been released, and these show that the total participation rate for Auckland is now 96.4%, which compares with 96.9% nationally.
Since March 2012, participation for Māori has increased by 7.1 percentage points to 94.1%, and for Pasifika by 7.9 percentage points to 91.7%. This is a tremendous gain and reflects your ongoing efforts to support the education of our youngest tamariki and their whanau.
We will continue to support communities to put together local initiatives, innovation and actions that stimulate demand for early learning and increase participation.
As always, the remaining non-participating children can be the most vulnerable and difficult to reach. However, they are often the ones who can benefit the most from quality early learning services. Thank you all for your continued hard work supporting quality early learning opportunities.
Director of Education Auckland
Phone: 09 632 9333
E rau rangatira mā tēnā koutou katoa
I hope that this month finds you well especially with the daffodils starting to appear. In this pānui from the Waikato we have important information about early learning services participating in Kāhui Ako, the Education Conversation that is continuing amongst communities which is intended to help the government shape its direction for education, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, health and safety and playgroups. I’m always pleased to visit services, so if you have any events coming up or would just like me to pop along to see you, your staff and children in action then please get in touch with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kāhui Ako│Communities of Learning update
Already this month 7 new early learning services have formally joined their local Kāhui Ako, and we look forward to this number growing as Education Advisors begin meeting with network cluster groups to encourage members to formalise their representation within Kāhui Ako.
It is always great to hear stories of successful early learning engagement with Kāhui Ako and the Huntly District Kāhui Ako is one such example. Taupiri Educare’s involvement with Kāhui Ako began as the group was initially forming and this early learning service found acceptance and a valuing of the early learning involvement right from the beginning. As the Huntly District Kāhui Ako worked to create their achievement challenge and plan, the voice of early learning was reflected, particularly in the plan’s strong commitment to the hauroa of tamariki which we know is essential for nurturing confidence, a strong sense of identity and belonging.
Importantly for this Kāhui Ako, hauroa aligns clearly with Waikato-Tainui education strategy ‘Ko te Mana Maatauranga’. Taupiri Educare reports that working to create the group’s achievement challenge and plan required a huge time commitment to ensure that a strong foundation for educational success was created. They have found being involved with a Kāhui Ako is a great way to collaborate with all sectors along the education pathway and to actively promote Te Whāriki, our early childhood curriculum.
Kōrero Mātauranga│Education Conversation
A collaborative effort with K’aute Pasifika and the Ministry of Education meant 120 people from our Hamilton and Tokoroa community got a chance to meet Minister Salesa and be part of Kōrero Mātauranga│Education Conversation. Many attendees welcomed the opportunity to share their thoughts.
The conversations were very varied, but some common themes included being expected to leave their culture at the school door; conversely, the very strong need for the system to create a sense of belonging and therefore wellbeing. Also the extra challenge and opportunity for Pacific families to be engaged with education as a lifelong pursuit and pathway, while maintaining strong connections across the wider community.
Finally, like all great Pacific events, we were able to see the cultural talents of a group of young Kiribati girls – made more special because it was Kiribati’s independence celebrations.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Maori Language Week) 10-16 September 2018
It’s almost that time again where we all celebrate Māori Language Week. This year’s theme is “Kia Kaha te Reo Māori – Let’s make the Māori language strong”. The early learning sector is renowned for its ability to be able to deliver a bicultural curriculum and I encourage you to get involved. You can go to the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori website for more information, resources and ideas for celebrating the week at your service.
Health and safety
You may have read in the ‘Critical Need To Know’ section at the beginning of last month’s He Pānui Kōhungahunga – Early Learning Bulletin(external link) that 2 recent incidents at early learning services have occurred resulting in children needing medical treatment in hospital. We urge all services to consider your own procedures and practices for hazard management, supervision and positive guidance. Accident and incident records should be regularly analysed so that your procedures and practices can be improved. There is good guidance alongside the licensing criteria on our website.
If you need support, you can contact a Regional Licensing Advisor in our office.
Playgroup funding reminder
You may have heard that the Ministry is developing a new online funding system called the Education Resourcing System (ERS). The current IT system that calculates funding for early learning services and schools is more than 25 years old and will be replaced by 2020.
Playgroup Operational Funding (PG3) forms for July to December 2018 have been mailed out. They should be completed and returned to our regional office in the usual way, no later than 31 August. The Ministry will process the payments through the new ERS system. The only difference you will notice for the next payment is that you’ll receive a payment advice notice by email rather than a paper one.
So that we have the most up-to-date email contact details for your playgroup in our records, please update these on your PG3 form when it is returned or contact your Regional Playgroup Advisor who can assist you with any required updates.
Noho ora mai
Director of Education Waikato
Phone: 07 850 8924
Kia ora and talofa lava
There are a number of really important things happening in education that are worth keeping up to date with.
Learning Support symposium
On Saturday 21 July I had the pleasure of opening the Learning Support symposium alongside Tamati Coffey, where ‘Supporting Learning for all’ was the focus of the day. If you managed to share this day with us I hope you were able to take away some new tools and knowledge to best support children’s learning in your services. We all play a crucial role in shaping, supporting and enabling successful learning pathways for all children and the introduction of the Learning Support register could be a positive tool to support the pathway. If you have further interest in the Learning Support register please contact your Ministry Senior Advisor.
The first keynote speaker, Dr Johan Morreau, really set the scene with a presentation on the first 1000 days. Johan’s humility and knowledge presented in such a compelling style captivated the audience. His notion of a ‘Pure Pregnancy’ is an aspiration that we should definitely strive for.
I would like to welcome Nancy McFarlane who joined the Ministry of Education in mid-July as Manager Education Bay of Plenty – Waiariki.
Ko Ngongotaha te maunga
Ko Rotoruanui-a-Kahumatamomoe te moana
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Te Arawa te Iwi
Ko Nancy Macfarlane tōku ingoa
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa, e te whānau o te mātauranga. I feel very privileged to join Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga during this very exciting phase of our nation’s educational journey. I have had 25 years in the teaching profession working primarily in primary school settings with exposure to early learning and Te Whāriki in the last 2 years via Kāhui Ako. With the addition of my first mokopuna to our whānau this year and the Kāhui Ako engagement I am inspired by the work in early learning. I am enthusiastic about the prospect of positioning our tamariki as confident and competent learners from birth.
I look forward to the reciprocity of relational learning that will shape my understanding of the work I will strive to achieve in this role. Noho ora mai.
Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
Congratulations! Papamoa Kindergarten were finalists in the Excellence in Engaging – Atahāpara Award. Well done! Tino pai o koutou mahi ako. And I’d like to acknowledge the robust teaching and assessment framework that is embedded in the service and community. It was great to catch up with the Papamoa Kindergarten team at the awards and the whanau from Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa.
Rotorua Girls’ High School won the Excellence in Governing – Awatea Award and was also a finalist in the Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Atatū Award. John Paul College was a finalist in the Education Focus Prize – Takatū Prize.
An amazing effort by all entrants. I am so pleased to see our early learning services being recognised for their very real contribution to our education system.
Category 4 ERO reviews
Congratulations to Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Teko, Community Kindy Heuheu, New Shoots – Sandhurst, ABC Kawaha Point and Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano who recently received Very Well Placed Category 4 ERO reports.
He Kōrero Mātauranga: Bay of Plenty – Waiariki
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kārangarangatanga maha puta noa I tō tātou rohe o Te Waiariki, e rere atu ana ngā au o Mihi ki a koutou katoa I tēnei wā, hurihuri noa, tēnā tātou katoa. Koia nei te reo pōhiri o Te Tāhūhū o Te Mātauranga kia kotahi ai tātou katoa ki te whakawhitiwhiti, ki te whakariterite I te āpōpō o te ao Mātauranga I tēnei whenua, I Aotearoa nei. I ngā rā o tō tātou ao, he aha kei tua o te pae tawhiti? He aha tā te iwi Māori e wawata ana mo te āpōpō?
E te iwi, tau tī, tau tī, tau tī mai rā.
Earlier this year, the Minister of Education announced a major programme of review and reform across the education sector. This work is designed to ensure New Zealand has an education system that is fit-for-purpose for the 21st century. There is a particular focus on Māori learners and Māori language in education.
There has been a clear direction that we need to find a new way of working through a more collaborative approach to developing the education system. This philosophy underpinned the recent Education Summit and the ongoing Education Conversation. We are clear that we need specific conversations with whānau, hapū and iwi about the things that are most important for them in terms of the education of their people.
As part of our work to engage with whānau, hapū and iwi, our region are holding a series of wānanga. Through these wānanga, we would like to hear from people about what is important to you: what you like about the current education system, what frustrates you, what you would like to change and how you would change it. We have not prepared a consultation document or any other material because we want to hear from you.
For our first series a wānanga will be held at:
- Harvest Centre, Rotorua on Tuesday 28 August 2018 from 10am to 2pm
- Opotiki College, Opotiki on Wednesday 5 September 2018 from 10am to 2pm.
If you would like to attend one of these wānanga or know of others who would be interested in attending please email to register at: enquiries.BoPemail@example.com.
Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako
Rotorua East Kāhui Ako has 2 wonderful collaborative stories of how they have been working with and alongside their early childhood communities.
From Lynmore Primary School:
“At the end of 2017 Rotorua East Kindergarten (Central North Island Kindergarten Trust) was devastated by floods and their building became unusable. The kindergarten already had a good relationship with Lynmore Primary School which is part of the Rotorua East Kāhui Ako. The Lead Principal Lorraine Taylor contacted the kindergarten with an offer for it to use some of the school buildings and grounds. In the spirit of true partnership and collaboration an exciting journey began.
Barbara Stone (Head Teacher at Rotorua East Kindergarten) and her team identified very quickly the benefits of being on the school premises. Even though the school and kindergarten previously had a good working relationship, deeper understandings of the school, the curriculums, transitions and stronger relationships have all been outcomes for the kindergarten.
The teachers have enjoyed professional growth and learning. They regularly meet in their respective teaching contexts and have developed a vision of collaboration and consistency. The children are at the forefront of their conversations which are motivating, driven and focused.
The learning opportunities are so varied, regular and interesting which has resulted in the children developing deeper understandings about school life and creating huge leaps in their confidence and self-esteem. The depth of relationships, strong sense of belonging and deep understandings of the school context are all contributing to seamless transitions for these children.
The children already have a relationship with the school, the teachers, the children, classrooms and routines. When they join a class they are confident and self-assured. This means they can immediately be open to learning, role models, mentors and leaders for other new children.”
From Horizon Consultancy:
“There was a real buzz of expectation from most teachers that things were going to change! It began with the acknowledgement of early learning teacher expertise and covered the fact that the primary sector can learn a lot from our early childhood colleagues. This signalled that the closing of the divide between early childhood and the primary sector is about to begin on the Eastside of Rotorua!
This all happened at an Eastern Rotorua early learning Kāhui Ako hui on 22 May at Owhata Marae. Participants included teachers representing a wide range of early learning services, new entrant teachers from the 3 Eastside primary schools, the Lead Principal of the Kāhui Ako, representatives of the local hapū Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi and the Learning Support Team from the Ministry of Education.
The purpose of this hui was to work collaboratively with a view to build collective capability, strengthen leadership, establish early learning representation on the board of governance on the local Kāhui Ako and to assist with coherent learning pathways. All of this excitement was conducted in the most peaceful setting under the korowai of whakawhānaungatanga, awhitanga, aroha and manaakitanga of Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi hapū. Our early learning teachers are now eagerly awaiting the next steps in this exciting learning journey.”
Kōrero Mātauranga – Education Conversation
This week we have had the pleasure of hosting Professor Mere Berryman from the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce. She was able to meet with our region’s Kāhui Ako Lead Principals – a big thanks to them for taking time out of their busy schedules, especially on the first day of term! In the afternoon Mere met with staff from the Ministry of Education across the Bay of Plenty – Waiariki region. While I couldn’t be there I understand that very fruitful discussions were held.
I encourage you to engage in any opportunity you have to become involved. Your opinion is important and needs to be taken account of. The Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation website is a good place for you to start to explore all of the various activities that are occurring.
If you have any further queries about any licensing requirements please contact our Education Advisors:
- Gina Royal firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aroha Hicks email@example.com
- Vicky Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nicole Young email@example.com
- Michelle Grant-Broughton firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jacqui Brouwer email@example.com.
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.
Director of Education Bay of Plenty – Waiariki
Phone: 07 349 8309
Mobile: 027 296 8196
This year seems to be flying by! I hope you’re managing to take good care of yourselves with all the bugs that are floating around.
A big thank you to those services who have let me come out for informal visits over the last month including Napier Family Centre, Pirimai Kindergarten and Te Puna Reo o Puhi Kaiti. It is always a pleasure to get out and see first-hand what is going on.
The walls of our Napier office have been brightened up by art works from local early learning services and schools. They have been getting lots of compliments and are a welcome addition to our reception area!
Kāhui Ako/Collaborative Learning Pathways Networks
Thanks to all of you who attended the Kāhui Ako network meetings in Term 2. We are excited about the new SELO provider panel being approved, giving us the ability to now contract a provider to run more of these hui across the region. Keep an eye out for meetings happening in Term 4.
Central Hawke’s Bay Reference Group
I was pleased to take part in the inaugural Central Hawke’s Bay Community Reference Group meeting recently in Waipawa, alongside other regional government and local authority leads. This group is coordinated by the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council to help provide a consistent and coordinated approach to improve social wellbeing for Central Hawke’s Bay residents.
Havelock North Area Strategy
The Reference Group leading this work is now underway chaired by Councillor Geraldine Travers MNZM JP. The purpose of this strategy is to identify options for the education network in Havelock North and surrounding area. The early learning sector is represented on the Reference Group through Fiona Mason from the Heretaunga Kindergarten Association.
Get to Know Us – Amber Kairau (staff profile)
What’s your role at the Ministry of Education?
I am a Lead Education Advisor based in the Gisborne office, working with Kāhui Ako in Gisborne and the East Coast.
When did you join the Ministry and why did you come here?
I joined the Ministry in October 2015. The Ministry offered new challenges and a new way to use and develop the knowledge and skills I had gained during my time as a secondary teacher.
What do you most enjoy about working here?
I really enjoy the diversity of my work and the opportunities to work with the amazing schools and educators we have within our region. It is also great to be able to work alongside so many people dedicated to improving the education experiences and outcomes for our tauira.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, who would it be and why?
I would love to trade places with Sue Aikens from Kavik River Camp in Alaska. I have always been fascinated with Alaska and would love to live there one day. I really admire the way Sue is able to handle the rugged and harsh lifestyle and think the landscape and wildlife is so beautiful! In saying this I am not exactly the hunter-gatherer type but one can dream.
Contact details while on leave
I am on leave from Monday 27 August returning on Monday 10 September. In my absence the following managers will be acting for me if you have any urgent issues you need to discuss:
- 25 August to 2 September – Karen Hocking will be acting and can be contacted on 027 490 5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3 September to 9 September – Cherreen Exeter will be acting and can be contacted on 027 497 0202 or email@example.com.
Director of Education Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti
Phone: 06 833 6898
Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa
We would like to support you all to review and strengthen your quality practice. Each month we provide some guidance about a particular area of our requirements. If you have any questions or would like to suggest an area you would like some extra guidance on, then please contact an Education Advisor or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month we are highlighting Medicine Administration. Please ensure that you seek parent permission to administer Category (i), (ii) and (iii) medicines, eg, paracetamol or any other form of pain relief. The specific time the medicine is administered needs to be recorded on your daily medicine chart.
For further information about the categories of medicine please see our website.
All services need to have a complaints procedure on display for parents and members of the public. This can be simple summary notice. The procedure is intended to let parents and the public who to contact and how they can raise any concerns with your service.
Complaints should usually be dealt with by your service in the first instance, but if the complainant is not satisfied with your response, then you can refer them to the Ministry.
You can find guidance for developing a complaints process on our website.
Please contact me using the details below if you wish to discuss any issues or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.
Director of Education Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū
Phone: 06 349 6352
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa
We farewell Patrick McEntyre, Manager Learning Support, who is moving to a new role with the Ministry in Canterbury. Pat has made a significant contribution to education in this region over many years. This region’s loss is very much Canterbury’s gain. We wish Pat well in his new role. The Manager Learning Support vacancy has been advertised. Shane Winterton will be the Acting Manager Learning Support from 9 August until the role is filled permanently. Shane can be contacted by email at email@example.com or phone (03 539 1506).
Welcome to Alicia Bravo, Special Education Advisor. Alicia started with the Ministry of Education, Marlborough team on 23 July. Alicia brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the region.
Education Work Programme – handy guides
The Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation website(external link) continues to be updated. We now have a few handy guides to show what is happening, and when, with the Education Work Programme, and how people can get involved in the programme.
- Education Work Programme Overview [PPT, 685KB](external link). This shows the 19 reviews, strategies and initiatives making up the programme and what they are about.
- Education Work Programme 'How I can get involved' [PPT, 751KB](external link). This shows how and when people can have their say on the programme’s various components. This will be updated regularly, as more consultations get going over the next few months. So check in regularly.
- Education Work Programme Advisory and Reference Groups [PPT, 710KB](external link). This guide was set up to provide expertise on some parts of the programme, or to independently lead some of the work. Again, this will be updated regularly.
Matariki at Linkwater Playcentre
It has been lovely to hear about the unique ways early learning services in the region have acknowledged Matariki, the Māori New Year, within their services. Linkwater Playcentre, located in the Marlborough Sounds, is one such service.
Linkwater Playcentre celebrated Matariki by inviting their families and neighbouring school to join them for a bonfire, face painting, music, homemade soup and bread. Some of the parents from the service played out a Matariki story followed by singing and a lantern walk.
The children used the lanterns they had created during playcentre sessions to explore different Matariki inspired scenes prepared by the playcentre and the school. Learning experiences such as these provide opportunities for children to learn about and value other cultures or to have their own culture included and affirmed in the playcentre environment (Communication/Mana Reo strand of the Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki). They also support the inclusion of the wider family and community as part of the educational programme at Playcentre (Family and Community/Whānau Tangata principles of the Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki).
Health and safety accident and incident reporting
Over the last few months we have been notified of a variety of accidents/incidents within our services. This is a timely reminder to think about your health and safety obligations in regard to the safety and wellbeing of all children attending early learning services or playgroups. The links below to the Ministry of Education health and safety guidelines for early learning services can assist you in reviewing your policies and procedures. If you would like any further advice on health and safety regulatory reporting requirements then please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kāhui Ako update
Congratulations to the following early learning services who have joined the regions Kāhui Ako.
- Kāhui Ako ki Mohua (Golden Bay): Collingwood Playcentre, Golden Bay Kindergarten, Golden Kids Inc Early Learning Centre, Kakariki Kids Early Learning Centre and Takaka Playcentre.
- Kaikoura Community of Learning: Barnardo’s Early Learning Centre Kaikoura, Kaikoura Playcentre, Little Tamariki Montessori Pre-school and Whales Tales Preschool Ltd.
- Te Kāhui Ako o Omaio ki Tahunanui : ACE Nayland, ACE Titoki , Barnardos Childcare Upper South Island Homebased service, Birchwood Kindergarten, Eden Early Learning, Elim Kiwikids Childcare Preschool, Kiwi Treasures Early Learning Centre, Nayland Kindergarten, Nurture@Home Ltd, Paula’s Preschool Tahunanui, Paula’s Tiny Tots Tahunanui, Stoke Kindergarten, Stoke Montessori, Tahunanui Community Centre Inc, Tahunanui Kindergarten and The Children’s Garden.
- Top of the South Island Area Schools Community of Learning: Murchison Kindergarten.
Looking for stories
Is your early learning service proud of the quality it provides or have you been involved in a special event or celebration? We are looking for regional stories to showcase what is happening in our region in the Bulletin. If you have a story to tell please contact: email@example.com.
Whakanuia te wiki o te reo Māori – celebrate Māori Language Week
This year’s Te wiki o te reo Māori takes place between 10 and 16 September. Kia Kaha te reo Māori is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week. ‘Kia Kaha’ is a well-known phrase in New Zealand, meaning ‘be strong’. We often talk about language health, strength, and revitalization. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.
Below are links to resources that can support early learning services in celebrating Te wiki o te reo Māori:
Director of Education Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast
Phone: 03 539 1536
Mobile: 027 605 2015
As you read this we are only a few days off the start of spring and we are already seeing signs with daffodils and fruit trees beginning to flower. I am looking forward, as I am sure you are, to warmer weather and longer days.
It was a privilege to host the Minister of Education, the Hon Chris Hipkins, in Christchurch recently. The Minister officially opened Hornby High School’s new building, met with representatives from Mana Ake, visited Seedlings Early Learning Centre Knights Stream Park, turned the sod at Oaklands School to mark the start of their redevelopment, and met with Principal Associations’ chairs.
Kylie Morgan, co-owner of Seedlings Early Learning Centres, said it was a privilege to be given the opportunity to have the Minister visit their centre at Knights Stream Park.
“The Minister commented on what a lovely feel the centre had and was thoroughly impressed that a 4 year old knew where he worked and what his job was. He genuinely took time to talk and engage with our children and was interested in the centre’s philosophy. I enjoyed having discussions with him around the learning made visible within the centre’s environment and the care that we offer to our community and beyond.
The Minister was interested in our journey as an ECE provider and centre, and genuinely took time to chat with our teaching team, sharing a little about himself also,” said Ms Morgan.
A number of reviews will be reaching their conclusion next month with drafts from the review of home-based ECE and the Early Learning Strategic Plan scheduled to be released for consultation. Please check the Ministry of Education’s website regularly for updates and notices about opportunities to have your say.
I am delighted to advise that Susan Schneideman has agreed to continue in her acting capacity as Manager Learning Support until the end of January 2019. This will minimise disruption to service and staff during the year and the recruitment process will commence in September this year with a 2019 start date. Thank you Susan for your ongoing support and agreement to this change. As a result of this change I am delighted to also advise that Vanessa Goodwin has agreed to retain her role as acting Education Manager with the early learning portfolio, and again my thanks to Vanessa for her ongoing support.
Making referrals for learning support services
We have been informed that early learning services find it difficult to track down the referral form on our website. You can request a copy of the latest Request for Support form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can download a Request for Support form from our website – scroll down to where the form is located under Canterbury, Chatham Islands region. You might like to save this link in your favourites.
When completing Request for Support forms please ensure that writing is clear and legible and that all details on the form are completed. If all the correct information is received it will speed up the processing of the request. Emailing these back to us is the preferred way of receiving these. We are receiving many different versions and it would be appreciated if the current form was used.
Language development support
Amongst us are some very creative people and the YouTube link below is one such incredible example. Sophia Cormack, a Speech Language Therapist in the Timaru office, has been working on developing short, simple, cartoon videos that can been shown to early learning services, parents, families, whānau and teachers. She considers that the link is more effective than a handout and hopefully more relatable for people.
Sophia plans to make more videos on remodelling, late talking, focus language, talking time, stuttering, alternative augmentive communication (AAC) and social skills. I think the links are fantastic! Short and easy to understand, as well as bright, clear and professional. Thanks for sharing this Sophia and congratulations. It is great to have such creative and enthusiastic people on our Learning Support team!
Health promotion in ECE settings – a rapid evidence review
Hot off the press! One of the Information Team analysts at Canterbury Public Health has just completed a rapid review of the current evidence on what interventions work best to promote and enable health in young children in early education settings. Please see the Community and Public Health website for a summary of findings.
This covers the actions that are most effective to improve the 6 main challenges of focus: physical activity, social and emotional learning, nutrition, oral health, sun protection and hand hygiene. The summary also answers the question: What are the characteristics in common for the most effective interventions? You can read the full report on the Community and Public Health website.
Pacific Education summits
These summits are part of an ongoing education conversation and give our Pacific communities the opportunity to have their say. On Tuesday 17 July our Pacific community had the opportunity to meet with the Associate Minister of Education, Jenny Salesa, and be part of the Education Conversations happening around the country.
We have had some wonderful feedback. A huge thank you to the parents, teachers and students who gave their time to share their views with us and to the team for guiding us through the fono to ensure our communities’ thoughts were captured and recorded as a part of the wider conversations.
Ace – a horsey tail of courage
As many of you may already know Bayleys Canterbury teamed up with the BNZ Crusaders on a picture book, Ace – a horsey tail of courage. The book was launched as part of an anti-bullying campaign and coincided with Bullying-Free NZ week. It is aimed at school children and includes advice for parents. All proceeds go to Bayleys’ principal charity, Make-A-Wish New Zealand. The book has been written by Friday Creative’s Katy Clook and illustrated by Kophie Hulsbosch.
If you want to order the book for your school library, or think this could be a great fundraising option for your school, please email: email@example.com. The books can also be ordered from the Crusaders website.
If your early learning service sells 50 books at $20 per book, $5 per book will be donated to your service, along with a free copy for your library. Add to that the amplification of the message that bullying is never okay.
The following services have gained a Category 4 ERO report recently:
|ABC Hei||21 May 2018|
|Moa Kids Community ELC||22 May 2018|
|Rural Scholars ELC||7 June 2018|
|BestStart Pleasant Point||14 June 2018|
|ABC Aidanfield||18 June 2018|
|Dunsandel Childcare and Preschool||3 July 2018|
|West End Kindergarten (Timaru)||27 June 2018|
|Waimataitai Kindergarten||27 June 2018|
|Abacus Montessori Preschool||29 June 2018|
Congratulations to you all. Hayley Strachan from Moa Kids Community ELC describes the work undertaken by the centre staff, management group and community in this achievement.
Moa Kids story of improvement
With Moa Kids being in the heart of Redcliff’s, the Christchurch earthquakes had a huge effect on the families and wider community. Initially the number of enrolled children dropped and with no new families moving into the area the centre’s future was very unstable.
In 2015, in order to remain financially viable, the Moa Kids Governance Committee had to make the tough call to restructure the centre including making redundant the whole management team. The new management team of Hayley Strachan and Letisha Derham was established in July 2015. The restructure meant there were a lot of unsettled teachers and families. The centre only sat at 33% occupancy and the Governance Committee were very clear that if numbers didn’t pick up a restructure of the teachers would be next.
With no formal handover period between the old management team and the new management team, the new team needed to develop and establish key systems that were clearly understood by all kaiako and be evident in daily practice. We also needed to address the key next steps that had been identified from the latest ERO review:
- Refine and embed new self-review processes
- Continue to strengthen assessment and planning practices
- Manage predicted centre changes and succession planning for leadership roles.
Over the last 3 years we have worked hard to establish effective systems and processes that could be embedded into the daily running of the preschool:
- Appraisal system
- Internal evaluation
- Strategic planning
- Annual planning
- Assessment, planning and evaluation.
- Financial planning and budgeting
- Team culture.
Hayley led this development with support from Letisha and the Governance Committee. As well as putting systems in place, we still had to focus on increasing our child numbers and families to keep the centre sustainable. There was also a strong push to reconnect with the wider community. Moa Kids is a community-based centre, with the community being at the heart of the centre. Management and kaiako took the time to reconnect with the wider community and strengthen those connections. Moa Kids attended every fair, community event and community group that was in the area.
A lot of time has also been spent focusing on our team and building an effective team culture. A restructure in a centre can be difficult. Time, along with quality professional development and support, has helped strengthen the Moa Kids teaching team. Thank you to Interlead for providing this support.
Three years on our centre is now at full capacity with a growing waiting list. The increase in the roll has meant we have had to employ more kaiako, adjust to having full rolls and growing numbers, as well as welcome new members into the group. We are proud of the progress we have made. Recently our centre has gone through an ERO review. It was an opportunity for the committee, management and teachers to look back and see how far we have progressed as a team. It was also pleasing to see this was recognised and reflected in our latest ERO review.
Futures Network – September hui notice
Date: Tuesday 18 September
- Welcome and introductions
- Ministry of Education ECE update (Vanessa Goodwin – Ministry of Education)
- Wellbeing survey update
- Break – tea/coffee/snack and a chance to catch up with others
- Progress with the Minister’s Advisory Group draft ECE strategic plan – Dr Carmen Dalli
Ministry of Education, Ground Floor Conference Room, Te Ureti, 48 Hereford St, 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 by Thursday 13 September to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A small contribution to a shared morning tea is requested. 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.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any ideas or issues. You can always call me on 03 378 7345, 0274 200 251 or email me. I look forward to hearing from you. If you have a celebratory story to tell about your service please contact: email@example.com. You can also contact one of our Education Advisors by emailing: ECE.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy this month’s Bulletin.
Mā te wā
Director of Education for Canterbury
Phone: 03 378 7345
Kia ora koutou and warm Pacific greetings.
I hope this finds you all well as we head towards spring, not only with lighter mornings and warmer weather, but also the rich learning opportunities this time of year presents. Daffodils, lambs, blossom all signal the changing of the seasons and provide opportunities for young learners to connect to their environments. Early learning services do this well and our staff enjoy seeing your children delight in the experiences you create for them.
This month I have outlined the recent ERO report Awareness and confidence to work with Te Whāriki, SELO opportunities, an update about the Early Learning Strategic Plan and upcoming events.
ERO report – Awareness and confidence to work with Te Whāriki
ERO recently released its evaluation report, Awareness and confidence to work with Te Whāriki. This looks at how aware and confident leaders and kaiako in early learning services were as they began to work with the updated curriculum, Te Whāriki. The report was based on 290 ERO reviews undertaken in Terms 3 and 4 in 2017.
The evaluation was focused on:
- Service leader and kaiako awareness of Te Whāriki and their confidence to work with it
- Any professional learning and development (PLD) accessed to support service leaders and kaiako to implement Te Whāriki and the usefulness of this PLD
- Any perceived barriers and challenges faced in beginning to work with the updated curriculum.
ERO found leaders and kaiako reported a high degree of awareness of, and growing confidence to begin working with, the updated Te Whāriki (81%). Confidence was not as high to work with Te Whāriki to support Māori children to enjoy educational success as Māori (69%). Uptake of PLD was high (80%), with 2/3 of services reporting this as useful or very useful. Barriers identified by ERO were time, leaders and kaiako knowledge, and the range in teaching experience and variation in initial teacher education.
ERO made 2 recommendations for leaders in early learning services:
- Identify their PLD priorities to better target PLD to individual leader and kaiako needs
- “What PLD do we need in our service, for whom, why and by when?”
- Give priority to allocating time for leaders and kaiako to build their capability and capacity to effectively implement Te Whāriki(2017).
We are also looking carefully at the report which highlights the importance of pedagogical leadership. This will likely be a focus of future SELO work we undertake, and we invite your comments or ideas about this.
I encourage you to read the report, which can be found on ERO's webpage.
Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) planning
As well as insights from the ERO report noted above, we are also looking at the ideas and feedback generated from our request for expressions of interest in SELO opportunities sent earlier this month. We asked for your feedback and interest in professional development in the following areas:
- Leadership for new aspiring leaders
- Supporting positive behaviour in an ECE setting
- Communities of Learning/Kāhui Ako and what it means for ECE
- Child protection training
- Curriculum – programme and planning
- Bicultural responsiveness
- Any other areas you wish to nominate.
This year we have received more feedback and interest than any previous year, and we appreciate all the excellent ideas and possibilities put forward. We will provide a further update once all the information has been collated and priority areas have been identified.
If you missed the request or wish to provide any further comments please email: email@example.com.
Early Learning Strategic Plan
Thank you to all of you who contributed to the early learning survey. The Ministerial Advisory Group and larger Reference Group have used the results from the survey analysis to inform the development of the draft Early Learning Strategic Plan. This Plan will also draw from themes identified through the Education Summit and broader Education Conversation.
The draft Strategic Plan will be available for public consultation in September and October. Our team will support this engagement throughout the region and will advise you of these opportunities once finalised.
Pacific Fono – Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga
Following the success of the Pacific Fono in Oamaru on 18 July, Minister Salesa will also host a fono in Dunedin on 30 August to connect with Pacific communities and continue the Kōrero Mātauranga following the Education Summits. I look forward to seeing those of you that are able to attend the fono.
This fono will be run in a mini-summit format and provide opportunities to not only reflect on education as it is currently, but also consider longer-term aspirations and particularly what this could look like for Pacific communities.
Murihiku and Otago Polyfest events
Once again both Murihiku Polyfest and the Otago Polyfest have gone from strength to strength. Best of luck for all those services performing in Murihiku this week, and those in preparation for Otago’s event in September. We look forward to seeing your young people centre stage, sharing their learning of Māori and Pacific Island culture, and their delight in presenting this to a wider audience.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss any issues or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.
Ngā mihi mahana
Director of Education Otago-Southland
Direct dial: 03 471 5217
Mobile: 027 836 4846
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