Early Learning Regional News – July 2018

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

Te Tai Tokerau regional news

Kia ora koutou

Congratulations to Parihaka and Onerahi kindergartens. Both kindergartens have received a category 4 “very well placed” report for the second time in a row meaning they are consistently sustaining quality practices. The ERO stated that Parihaka has made a change in focus towards an emphasis on a personalised approach, with more holistic outcomes for children. Onerahi promotes an environment that incorporates bicultural practices and celebrates the multicultural diversity in the community.

Early childhood education team

Welcome back to work Des. Great to have you back in the team.

Team responsibilities for when you are wanting to talk to one of us:

Contact details Area of responsibility
Education Manager:
Irene Iwikau
(09) 436 8921
027 475 3747
Oversight of all ECE work
Education Advisor:
Te Riini Henare
(09) 436 8947
027 547 5712
Nga kōhanga reo
Home-based education and care
Participation contracts
Education Advisor:
Des Tipene
(09) 436 8944
027 280 7514
Education and care services
Education Advisor:
Sacha Cherrington
(09) 436 8929
027 705 7543
Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) programme
Education Advisor:
Sharleen Edmonds
(09) 408 6938
027 478 3669
Playgroup Funding
Diane Armstrong
(09) 408 8942
Business support
Joan Natanahira
(09) 408 6944
Business support Kaitaia office

Proposed Tai Tokerau Incredible Years parent programmes July to December 2018

This programme is for any parents/grandparents/caregivers who have children in the 3-8 year age group who are struggling with their children’s behaviour and would benefit from attending our programme and learning new helpful strategies.

Organisation Location Start date Group leader/contact
Whangarei (1)
1) Portland Monday 30/7/18
Cassie Munson 021 234 3527
Leila Amos 021 154 3585
Whangarei (2)
1) St. Johns, Whangarei 2) Whangarei
(venue to be confirmed)
Tuesday 7/8/18
Thursday 9/8/18
Shelley Stringfellow
Reanon Hetaraka-Sadler
(09) 430 1230
Whangarei (2)
1) Whangarei 2) Whangarei
(venues to be confirmed)
Monday 6/8/18
Friday 10/8/18
Gilbert & Dianna Paki
021 041 0867
Dargaville (1)
1)The Hub, Dargaville Thursday 16/8/18
Lynette Matthews @The Hub (09) 439 7861
Kim Hill/Apikara Ferris
Kaitaia (2)
1) Kaitaia 2) Kaitaia
(Venues to be confirmed)
Wednesday 8/8/18
Thursday 9/8/18
Jane Wagener
(09) 408 1971
Far North REAP,
Kaitaia (1)
1) Far North REAP
Thursday 9/8/18
Tania Henderson/Tui Nicol
(09) 408 1380
MOE delivery
Tai Tokerau (1)
1) MOE, Whangarei Tuesday 7/8/18
Eileen Turner/Jo Marker
(09) 436 8909

If you are unable to reach any of these organisations, please call Eileen Turner, Incredible Years Co-ordinator, Tai Tokerau (MOE, Whangarei) on (09) 436 8909.

Northland Down syndrome support group

This support group meets on the third Sunday of every month at 11am at the Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics (WAGS), Park Avenue, Kensington. This provides a great opportunity for family play and chat for families of children with Down syndrome. For more information about this support group and what dates they will meet, please see their flyer.

Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics (WAGS) flyer [PDF, 227 KB]

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

Auckland regional news

Kia orana

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

Earlier this month I attended the awards ceremony for the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. It was a wonderful event, and great to see consistently high quality entries from schools around the country. Congratulations to Flaxmere College, winners of the Prime Minister's Supreme Award | Takiri Ko Te Ataand and also the Excellence in Teaching and Learning | Atatū award.

Congratulations again to our Auckland finalists: Glenavon School for the Excellence in Leading | Atakura award; and De La Salle College for the Excellence in Teaching and Learning | Atatū award. We are very proud to see these success stories taking place in your schools.

Toru Fetū Kindergarten in Porirua were awarded the Excellence in Engaging | Atahāpara award. They received this for their work in establishing multiple Pacific language pathways to support present and future generations of young people of Cook Island, Niue and Tuvalu descent to learn their own language and culture.

You can find out more about all winners and nominees on the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards(external link) website.

Language week

Cook Island Language Week 29 July – 4 August

This week we are celebrating Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week. You can find some great resources for this on the TKI website(external link). We would love to share your photos and stories showing how your early learning service celebrated Matariki and/or Cook Islands Language Week. Please send them to us at kat.ashmead@education.govt.nz.

Co-location with NZQA

Back in 2016 when the ERO moved in we shared with you the growing ‘educational hub’ happening here in Maungawhau. The ERO, New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA), CORE Education Limited and Cognition Education all located within a 2 minute walk of our Ministry office. We are now pleased to share that NZQA staff co-located with us last month. We are excited to have so many education colleagues within the vicinity.

Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation update

Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation

Speaker videos(external link) are now being uploaded to the Kōrero Mātauranga(external link) website so that as many people as possible can join the Education Conversation.

Resources have also been developed(external link) to support all New Zealanders to hold these conversations, whether they be 5 people having a coffee [PDF 40KB](external link), or 80 people participating in a co-design workshop [PDF, 97KB](external link).

Any feedback from these conversations can be sent to conversation@education.govt.nz and will contribute to the development of this work.

Investment of $49.1 million announced for Auckland schools

The Hon Chris Hipkins, Brett Skeen, Margi Watson, and local MP the Hon Carmel Sepuloni.
The Hon Chris Hipkins, Brett Skeen, Margi Watson, and local MP the Hon Carmel Sepuloni

On 4 July 2018 the Minister of Education, the Hon Chris Hipkins, visited Waterview School where he announced school investments. The local MP, the Hon Carmel Sepuloni, accompanied the Minister and they were hosted by the principal and the board chair.

You may have seen the details of these investments reported in the news: $6.3 million to expand Waterview School; $20 million to relocate, rebuild and expand Paerata Primary School; and $22.8 million for Scott Point primary school. This funding is part of the $332 million in capital that was announced in Budget 2018 for the School Growth Package, which also includes the rebuild of Onepoto primary school.

With around 60,000 additional students expected to enter the Auckland education system by 2030, these projects are part of our commitment to ensuring that Auckland schools have enough teaching spaces, and that schools are modern and fit for purpose to support students to succeed.

Farewell to Jerry Norman and welcome to our new Strategic Advisors Māori

Roger Jolley and Robynleigh Cowan-Emery pictured with outgoing Strategic Advisor Māori, Jerry Norman.
Roger Jolley and Robynleigh Cowan-Emery pictured with outgoing Strategic Advisor Māori, Jerry Norman

On 29 June we bid farewell to our Strategic Advisor Māori, Jerry Norman, a man of considerable mana and a treasured friend and taonga to many here at the Ministry. We are very proud that Jerry has been appointed, from July, to the role of Governor of Rotary District 9910 (which covers 41 clubs in Auckland, Northland, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Norfolk Island)., We are, however, a little blue that this is part of the reason he has decided that now is the right time to retire from his role with us.

Jerry started his career in 1972 as a PE teacher, working at Beach Haven school on Auckland’s North Shore. Since then he has had stints at Epsom Normal Intermediate as a Resource Teacher of Māori, at AIT (now AUT) as a Māori Liaison Officer, and then the Northern Region Education Department as an Education Officer.

In 1989, he was part of the national team to dis-establish the Education Department and establish the new Ministry of Education, and in 1998 he joined the Ministry. Since then he has been our key relationship manager, Tiriti, te reo, tikanga and kura kaupapa expert, and go-to person for all matters te ao Māori. Jerry’s contribution and his presence here in the office will be sorely missed.

A warm welcome to our new Strategic Advisors Māori:

  • Roger Jolley has held a variety of roles in the public sector over the past 20 years at senior management and advisory level including Principal Advisor Governance with Auckland Council and Manager Māori Development with the Ministry of Health. His experience in local government has given him an excellent knowledge and understanding of the Auckland iwi landscape and he has well-established networks with Māori organisations. Contact: roger.jolley@education.govt.nz or (09) 632 9484.
  • Robynleigh Cowan-Emery comes to us from Māori TV where her most recent role has been as Māori Language Project Manager. She is an experienced educator and most recently has been responsible for developing and implementing a Māori language strategy and programme to develop te reo capability for staff at Māori TV. Robynleigh understands the impact and long-term value of education and the importance of building respectful, trusting, collaborative relationships to achieve positive outcomes and influence others, as well as the challenges for Māori in the education landscape. Contact: robynleigh.cowanemery@education.govt.nz or (09) 632 9476.

Robynleigh and Roger bring an outstanding set of complementary skills and experience to the Ministry, and are excited to explore the contribution they can make to achievement outcomes for Māori.

Blake Leadership Award

Congratulations to Soana Akolotu Pamaka, principal at Tāmaki College, who is a recent recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award. Soana has been an influential leader in the Tamaki community and promotes student awareness and agency. We asked Soana to tell us a little about her life up to now and how she has achieved such success:

“I am from a family that valued education, success and humility. My father was in the police force and my mother is a retired school teacher. I have 2 brothers and one sister who have all achieved great success in their own careers. I have passed these values on to my own children – my eldest son is a civil engineer and my other 3 children are currently at the University of Auckland studying engineering, geography and health sciences.

Soana and Samiu holding her Blake Leadership Award
Soana and Samiu holding her Blake Leadership Award

I first arrived at Tamaki College in 1990 as a student teacher and began as an English teacher in 1991. I taught English, history and Taha Māori before becoming the deputy principal and then in 2006 the principal. I am New Zealand’s first Tongan secondary school principal.

I owe a lot of my success to my husband, Samiu, and to my family who valued and encouraged education. Samiu is my biggest supporter and is always encouraging and supporting me to do more. I could never have been as involved in the school and the community without Samiu.”

You can read more about Soana on the Peter Blake Awards website(external link).

Kāhui Ako kōrero

A big thank you to Year 12 Westlake Girls’ High School students Brianna McGuire, Kyla Euston-Stewart and Anna Fedorova for writing and sharing with us the item below. What a fantastic way to see Kāhui Ako engaging and connecting learners from across early childhood and secondary education.

Knowledge sharing inspires growing minds.

Westlake Girls’ High School year 12 students educating kindergarten children about African animals

“Year 12 Social Studies students have recently been learning about the plight in Africa regarding the decrease in many magnificent species such as mountain gorillas, rhinoceros and elephants. We discussed in class that it is important to spread awareness of the issue of endangered African animals in order to make a change. We therefore chose to educate kindergarten children because it is important to learn valuable lessons, such as caring about animals, at a young age.

On Thursday 14 June, Westlake Girls’ High School Year 12 Social Studies students successfully hosted Sunnynook Kindergarten as a part of our Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Together we learnt about endangered African animals through a series of interactive activities such as face painting, drawing, colouring in and playdough. We engaged with the children by discovering the beauty of African animals. We encouraged them to continue talking about their favourite animals at home to spread their newly-found awareness to their parents and friends. We wrote a short story called “Ellie the Elephant” for them to take back to the kindergarten to further discuss what they had learnt throughout the day.

Westlake Girls’ High School year 12 students educating kindergarten children about African animals.

We found that the day was an essential learning experience for both the Sunnynook kindergarten children, and us students and teachers at Westlake Girls’ High School. Not only did the event spread awareness about the issue of poaching in Africa, but it also gave many students a feeling of what it is like to work with young children and inspired teaching-related career paths in students. It was a great opportunity for us to engage with younger students and it was a great way to start making new connections with local schools through our new Community of Learning. Overall, both preschool children and high school students enjoyed the day and it is certainly a tradition to be held in future years.”

Kia manuia

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

Waikato regional news

E rau rangatira mā tēnā koutou katoa i tēnei wā o te Matariki.

Early Learning Symposium

MC Kingi Kiriona playing guitar

If you were one of the lucky 200 teachers who managed to attend the Early Learning Symposium on Saturday 23 July you would have enjoyed a wonderfully inspirational event. The day included a range of exciting workshops that delivered ideas to enable you to strengthen the provision of quality early learning for all Waikato learners.

The immensely talented MC Kingi Kiriona kept us all entertained and on task throughout the day with his waiata, guitar playing and kōrero. Definite highlights were the 2 inspiring keynote speakers, each of whom offered insights into better understanding educational success ‘as Māori’.

Raewyn Mahara, General Manager, Education and Pathways for Waikato-Tainui spoke of the tribe’s iwi education plan ‘Ko te Mana Maatauranga; kia tupu, kia hua, kia puaawai’ that seeks to empower learners to pursue meaningful pathways grounded in a commitment to kiingitanga, tikanga, reo and connecting people to their marae and whakapapa. Raewyn shared the journey undertaken by Waikato-Tainui to realise the intergenerational vision: Whakatupuranga 2050 [PDF, 659KB](external link).

In a powerful and challenging address, Ann Milne shared personal stories of educational success through the lens of her own mokopuna and their education experiences, together with the story of Kia Aroha College’s approach to countering perceptions of Māori and Pacific students’ under-achievement. A focus on critical, culturally sustaining learning, centred on students’ identities ‘as Māori’, ‘as Samoan’ has underpinned learning at the college. If you would like to read more of Ann’s work have a look at her website(external link).

Thank you to each of the presenters in the 13 different workshops that were offered. The day provided an amazing feast of material to take back to our early learning services to discuss with colleagues, challenge our thinking, and recharge the batteries so that we deliver the best possible curriculum for all learners in the Waikato.

Wendy Lee (left), Paula Rawiri and Ann Milne at Early Learning Symposium
Wendy Lee (left), Paula Rawiri and Ann Milne at Early Learning Symposium

Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) professional development 

Reading the evaluations together with the photographs from the June bus trip it appears that the SELO professional development to visit 4 local centres was a great success. This was an opportunity for services on probationary or provisional licences to explore some of the work being done in quality, well-performing Waikato early learning services.

Throughout the day a Q & A panel on board the bus promoted discussion and answered any questions. Already we are noticing services incorporating newly-gained ideas from the tour to enhance their own learning environments.

Over the next month our team of education advisors will be getting in touch with you to arrange some network cluster meetings. The meetings will be a chance for you to talk with us about thoughts for future professional development needs.

Much More Than Words workshop

Do you sometimes find yourself wondering:

  • How do children learn to talk?
  • How do language and literacy fit together?
  • How can language build critical thinking skills?

If so then this is a great workshop for you. Much More Than Words is a workshop that will raise your awareness of normal speech language development, help you to identify possible communication difficulties, and give strategies to support speech language development in young children.

Date: Wednesday 15 August 2018
Time: 9:15am–3:00pm
Venue: Ministry of Education, Home Straight, Te Rapa, Hamilton
Cost: Free; BYO lunch with tea and coffee provided
Presenters: Aimie Stowers and Chelsea Pimm (Speech Language Therapists)

To enrol, please contact the Ministry of Education’s Hamilton office on (07) 850 8880 or email businessservices.hamilton@education.govt.nz.

Noho ora mai

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

Hawke’s Bay / Tairawhiti regional news

Tēnā koutou

Director’s message

We’ve had a lot happening in the region since my last update! I am continuing to make casual visits to early learning services across the region. These are a really useful way of staying in touch and hearing from educators, managers and parents. While the online survey feeding into the Early Learning Strategic Plan is now closed, we are currently working on developing some ‘face-to-face’ sessions in the Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti region for the next stage of this valuable work.

In early July, I joined the Associate Education Minister (Māori Education), the Hon Kelvin Davis, at the Hawke’s Bay Primary Principals’ Association hui at Pukemokimoki Marae. Minister Davies was invited to speak about the government’s direction and key priorities for Māori education. He also shared his own passion for localised curriculum and bringing experiences alive for young people.

In the afternoon we supported the Minister with his visit to Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wānanga Whare Tāpere o Takitimu. Here the Minister, along with the Hon Meka Whaitiri, announced that the Hastings District Council has approved education designation for a new site at Bennett Road, Waipatu. This is a significant step towards the construction of the new wharekura and kōhanga facilities and the boards have been awaiting this decision for a number of years, with many challenges along the way. 

Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards 

I had the pleasure of attending the Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards dinner and ceremony at Parliament and what a night it was for our region. Flaxmere College and William Colenso College won 3 of the 6 awards, including the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award! Our region’s awards were as follows:

  • Flaxmere College – winner of the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award
  • William Colenso – winner of the Education Focus Award
  • Flaxmere College – winner of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award.

Congratulations also goes to Kaiti School who were a finalist in the awards, a huge achievement in itself. Find out more about the winners on the Prime Minister’s Awards website(external link).

Incredible Years

Incredible Years is a research-based programme that aims to increase children’s social skills at home, early learning services and school. It has also been found to be helpful in reducing aggression and behaviour problems. The course covers play, praise and rewards, limit setting, misbehaviour, problem solving and communication. Each session is run for 2.5 hours in a small group of 14 to18 adults at no cost. Please share this with parents who may be interested.

Upcoming programmes:

2 August: 9.30am–12pm, Birthright B/6 Taradale Road, Marewa
Contact: Alanna Bates (022 016 6088) or Kate Henderson on (06) 835 2162

7 August: 6pm–8.30pm, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga
Contact: Janell McDonald (021 862 986) or Kellyann Paku-Cooper (027 433 5399)

8 August: 6pm–8.30pm, Napier Family Centre
Contact: Catherine Wathey (021 497 159) or Jenny Bennett (027 263 2113)

21 August: –12pm, Mayfair Primary School
Contact: Barb Lucas (027 207 7075) or Debbie Lee on (06) 876 2156

Get to know us – Carol Dickinson (staff profile)

Carol Dickinson

What’s your role at the Ministry of Education?

I am the Service Manager for the Havelock North and Central Hawke’s Bay (CHB) area. My role involves rolling out the new Learning Support delivery approach, which aligns with our purpose of ‘Making a difference for kids’. What we do in Learning Support is provide the ‘right support at the right time’. How this is achieved will depend on our ability to be innovative, flexible, collaborative and inclusive in our approach.

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

I joined in Hamilton in February 2009. The Ministry afforded me opportunities to develop my knowledge and experience working as a behaviour specialist and enabled me to work with our most misunderstood children and young people. Before working at the Ministry I worked as a teacher for 12 years and 3 of these were in ‘special schools’ in the UK. On my return to New Zealand I ran a business called ‘OBehave’ where I was contracted by schools to support behaviour management/teacher and parent training and systems work. I was also contracted by Child, Youth and Family as an High and Complex Needs Co-ordinator.

After a year as a Special Education Advisor I undertook 5 years of study to become an educational pscyhologist. Following some time practising as a psychologist and a move to the Napier Ministry of Education, I applied for and was appointed the role of Service Manager for the Napier/Central Hawke’s Bay area.

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

I love to listen to the rain on the roof and watch the birds as they go about their daily lives in the garden. I love the sound of my grandchildren’s laughter and when they tell me, “I love being at your house nanny.” I love being around my family and being at home where I feel the happiest. I love reading and taking time out to chat over a cappuccino, mug of tea or wine about life with the people I love the most. Most of all I am really happy being in my own company.

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

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa

Welcome to the July Bulletin. The year just seems to be flying by and winter is certainly upon us. We are now past the winter solstice and can look forward to longer days again – even if the weather continues to be a bit chilly!

Education Conversation

The Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation website(external link) has been updated. It now contains 3 tools to support people having conversations about the future of education and learning in their communities, workplaces and schools. There are also versions in te reo Māori. It also provides advice on how to host a conversation and there are videos of 6 Education Summit speakers.

Four components of the Education Work Programme are now live on the site:

Some of the Education Conversation surveys are still continuing. To have your say, visit the website pages through the links above.

Top tips

We would like to support you all to review and strengthen your implementation of the early learning regulations. Each month we will highlight a particular area. If you have any questions or would like to suggest a criteria to focus on then please contact an education advisor or send an email to ece.twm@education.govt.nz.

This month we are highlighting room temperature. Do you have systems in place to ensure your tamariki and kaiako spaces are heated to a level that is comfortable and warm? Below are links to help guide you through the appropriate temperatures:

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, Manawatū
Phone: (06) 349 6352
Email: jann.marshall@education.govt.nz

Wellington regional news

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

On 3 July I attended the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards at Parliament. It was an evening of glitz, glamour and celebration. I would like to congratulate Toru Fetū Kindergarten in Porirua on their well-deserved win in the Excellence in Engaging – Atahāpara category.

The Excellence in Engaging – Atahāpara award celebrates working together as a community to transform relationships and achievement, leading to improved and sustained outcomes for all children and young people

In June 2010, Toru Fetū Kindergarten opened as the only licensed early learning service catering for the growing Cook Island, Niue and Tuvalu communities to learn their own language and culture. Since then Toru Fetū has continued to nurture sustained engagement with its communities, grow leadership from within, and engage children and their families in high quality early childhood education. Well done Toru Fetū for your unwavering vision and the outstanding job you do.

You can watch the videos of the 2018 winners at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards(external link) website.

Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation

The Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga hub(external link) is constantly being updated with tools and information to help you hold your own community or workplace conversation about the future of learning and education. It’s a good idea to keep checking the hub regularly for what’s new. There are also portals to surveys that you, your staff, parents and whānau can participate in to have their say:

ERO pre-review information meetings

If you are due to be scheduled for an ERO review, you will receive an invitation from the ERO to attend a pre-review information meeting. These are meetings for schools and for early learning services. Meetings are held twice a year in about March and August and in several locations across the region. The meetings outline the process of an ERO review, including any changes since you were last reviewed.

We strongly recommend that you attend one of these meetings if you are scheduled for a review. It will assist your preparation and thinking ahead of the review itself. Information about how ERO reviews can also be found on the ERO’s website(external link).

Nāku Ēnei Tamariki Community Playgroup opening day celebration

The Nāku Enei Tamariki (NET) Community Playgroup was officially opened on Friday 4 May 2018 by the Minister of Education/Rimutaka MP, the Hon Chris Hipkins, who cut the ribbon. He referred to the importance of the early years and how it was an amazing thing to be part of.

Hon Chris Hipkins officially opens the Nāku Enei Tamariki Community Playgroup
Hon Chris Hipkins officially opens the Nāku Enei Tamariki Community Playgroup
Keiti and daughter attending the Nāku Enei Tamariki Community Playgroup

During the ceremony a ‘mud kitchen’ was giftedto the playgroup by baby Jordan Paea-Henare and family. The mud kitchen was kindly made by Rimutaka Prison inmates who work on projects for the community. Many people gathered to help celebrate the playgroup’s opening day. The playgroup families had a lot of fun and also had the opportunity to meet professionals from other organisations in a very natural, fun and relaxing environment.

NET’s early intervention family workers transport mums to this free community playgroup. It has up to 20 tamariki enrolled, mainly babies and toddlers. Some of the parents are first-time mums who are getting involved in their children’s learning.

Keiti is attending playgroup with her daughter and both have settled in really well. The confident mum said, “I was looking for somewhere to take my daughter to play with other children but didn’t know where.” When she found out about the playgroup she was really happy to join.

Parents and staff are all involved in planning, setting up, tidying up and looking out for each other’s children during session. The playgroup vision from last year was to be certificated, and this term the hard work has really paid off as they are now a fully certificated playgroup.

With the door wide open, the playgroup has extended their 1 day play session to 2 days. “It’s so lovely to see these families and their children have a place they can go to, play, connect and engage with the others families and their whanau,” said Sailine Lakai. This playgroup is open to any family from the wider community.

Contact details: Sailine Lakai, Playgroup Coordinator, Naku Enei Tamariki, (04) 390 7918, 022 572 7918, sailine@net-inc.org.nz,
25 Peterkin Street, Wingate, Lower Hutt.

Kindergarten Association turns 90 years young

Milestone birthdays are a time for celebration at kindergarten and teachers across Lower Hutt will soon be enjoying one of their own. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Hutt City Kindergarten Association and the opening of its first kindergarten in Moera in 1928.

“We have a proud history of growing young learners in Lower Hutt and we think being around for 90 years and still going strong is worth a celebration. Kindergarten has played a big part in our communities and has a special place in the hearts of many,” said Tony De Lorenzo, General Manager of Hutt City Kindergartens. “We know that our community would like to mark this anniversary with us so we are organising what we consider to be our 90th birthday party.”

A Vintage Fair Day will be held on Saturday 3 November at Moera Kindergarten on Randwick Crescent.

“This will be a fun afternoon for the whole family with market and food stalls, activities for children and live entertainment,” said fair organiser Melissa Zgomba. “Local market stall holders are invited to register their interest in having a table at the event. We are keen to hear from local crafters who would be keen to sell their goods at our fair. There will be a history of kindergarten in Lower Hutt display dedicated to sharing photos and stories from the past 90 years. We would love to hear from anyone who attended kindergarten and would like to share their memories with us.”

Anyone interested in having a market stall or sharing photos or stories of their time at kindergarten can find more information on the Hutt City Kindergartens website(external link), or call Hutt City Kindergartens on (04) 567 0106 or email Melissa Zgomba at marketing@huttkindergartens.org.nz.

The Lower Hutt Kindergarten Association was founded by Miss Nettie Riley, an Australian who came to Wellington to establish kindergarten and train teachers. The first kindergarten Miss Riley opened in Lower Hutt was Moera Kindergarten in 1928, which was then named Riley Kindergarten. Hutt City Kindergartens is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making quality early childhood education accessible to all. Hutt City Kindergartens now has 19 kindergartens throughout the Hutt Valley, including Stokes Valley, Central Hutt, Western Hill and Wainuiomata to provide quality early education for children aged 2 to 5.

Juliana Malaeulu – staff profile

Juliana Malaeulu

Fa’atalofa atu ma fa’amālō le soifua laulelei i lō outou mamalu. “I am Juliana Malaeulu an Early Childhood Advisor working in the Lower Hutt Regional Office. I work mainly with Pasifika Playgroups across the Wellington area and support our Pasifika Licensed A’oga Amata.

I studied in Victoria University and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood. My teaching background experiences were with 4 kindergartens, 3 early learning services and I managed one of our Pasefika A’oga Amata.

I have just graduated on 5 May 2018 with a Diploma in Child Protection Programme Studies in Auckland from the Child Matters Organisation. I am very thankful to the Ministry of Education in supporting me through this journey. I do recommend this course to everyone as we are all responsible for all children’s safety and their wellbeing in Aotearoa. Soifua.”

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

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

Te Pā Wānanga

It was my pleasure, and that of other Ministry staff, to attend the blessing and opening of Te Pā Wānanga at Omaka Marae. On a brisk winter’s morning a large crowd of supporters, whānau, tamariki and dignitaries enjoyed the celebrations as this brand new Māori-medium facility was opened. This will provide another option for tamariki transitioning from Te Kōhanga Reo, bi-lingual or other early learning settings.

Blessing and opening of Te Pā Wānanga at Omaka Marae

Oat the Goat | Oti te Nanekoti

Since its launch Oat the Goat | Oti te Nanekoti has received lots of positive feedback from parents, whānau and educators. The online interactive storybook aims to teach 4 to 7-year-old children the power of kindness, empathy and how to make good choices if they see bullying. You can read more about Oat the Goat | Oti te Nanekoti on the Bully-Free NZ website(external link).

Internal evaluation self-review – oral language 

The St Joseph’s school internal evaluation framework is an example of how any early learning service could also monitor, track and record a comprehensive internal evaluation using an oral language focus. ERO provides a fine example of good practice on their website(external link). For example, the rationale for a focus on oral language comes from the work of Jannie van Hees (2007) Expanding oral language in the classroom. Wellington, NZ: NZCER Press. The primary school examples could readily be adapted to your early learning service if this is a focus.

Your early learning service is not too dissimilar from primary classrooms in that rich oral language development is foundational to developing strong literacy for tamariki. If you are developing an oral language focus in your service, then using the ideas from this internal review and Jannie van Hees work could form a strong basis for internal evaluation and review. Make sure you have also read and refer to the 2 ERO reports on oral language. The February 2017 report Extending their language – expanding their World [PDF, 1.71MB](external link) and the 2018 report Responding to linguistically diverse learners(external link) may be relevant where you have children and families who bring a range of language experiences to your centre.

Looking for evidence to support your centre inquiries?

Developing culturally responsive pedagogies and approaches was one the most frequently mentioned ways that early learning services in the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast regions could improve their practices. Mere Berryman has an article that is available in SET, which gives you a great research evidence base to support your service or your own rationale for developing culturally responsive approaches. Gwen Gilmore (gwen.gilmore@education.govt.nz) can provide a copy of this article if you cannot access it.

Cultural relationships for responsive pedagogy: a bicultural mana ōrite perspective(external link) by Mere Berryman, Dawn Lawrence and Robbie Lamont (SET 1, 2018, pp. 3-10) describes the types of cultural relationships which are important to learning relationships in New Zealand schools. It discusses the responsive pedagogies that such interpersonal relationships can promote.

Early learning service update

The former Kids Collective Mapua and Kids Collective Motueka are now HardyKids Mapua and HardyKids Motueka. We welcome Hilary Clemens from HardyKids Early Learning Service (Nelson) in her overarching role in supporting these centres.

Incredible Years Teacher (IYT) and Incredible Years Parent (IYP)

In the April issue of this Bulletin we gave some information about the IYT programme. There is also the IYP programme for parents. Some of these programmes also have a particular focus, for example, the IYT Early Intervention or IYP Autism. There are a number of programmes starting in July or August throughout Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast. For further information you can contact Bernadette Cook in the Nelson Ministry of Education office on (03) 546 3470.

Early Learning Support

WestREAP has secured further funding from the Ministry of Education to continue to deliver their Early Learning Support (ELS) programme in the Grey and Westland Districts for the next year. This is welcome news for rural and isolated families facing challenges accessing early childhood education. The ELS programme offers children under 5 years of age who are not participating in an early learning service, or who require extra support with transition to school, an in-home one-on-one structured educational programme. Sally Richardson is WestREAP’s Westland region tutor, and newly-appointed Tracey Hutt will deliver the ELS programme to the Grey District.

Kind regards

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

Kia ora

Education Conversation

The Education Summits may be over but the Education Conversation(external link) continues. The initial public survey has had more than 14,000 responses contributing to the discussion. Please continue to check this website regularly for updates, resources and further consultation, including:

Explicit in all this work is how to better support Māori, Pasifika and those with additional learning needs. The documents also reference the importance of stronger pathways and links with health and social care.

At the closing of the Education Summit in Auckland on Sunday 13 May, the Prime Minister the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern announced a funding boost of $21 million over the next 4 years for 8,000 more children in early learning services to receive learning support. You can read the Prime Minister’s full speech on the Beehive website(external link).

I would also like to draw your attention to a new article in the latest New Zealand Curriculum Online about the connections between the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Whāriki. You can see the full article on the TKI website(external link).

We always welcome contributions for this panui from the sector. If you have a story to share about aspects of high quality or celebrations please contact barbara.madden@education.govt.nz.

Futures Network news

Recently the Futures Network members took part in a survey to look at kaiako wellbeing in Canterbury. A summary of results can be found on the Shaping Education website [PDF, 212KB](external link).

At the June hui we heard from:

  • Jenni Marceau – Health Promoter, ECE, Canterbury District Health Board
  • Anna Mowatt – Family Advisor, All Right?
  • Fiona Bartley – Service Manager, Ministry of Education.

There was discussion about ways to support adults (parents and staff) and children in times of adversity. Many thanks for their willingness to engage with the early learning sector. Their presentations, with tips for where to access support, are summarised below.


  • Supporting parents: We don’t have to always fix, escalate or intervene – sometimes the doing is listening and having a cup of tea together
  • Supporting tamariki: Talk about emotions (including your own) and teach regulation strategies to help children feel calm – yoga, tummy breathing, whatever works
  • Supporting you (kaiako): Five Ways to Wellbeing.

5 Ways to Wellbeing

The following links will take you to a number of websites where you will be able to access further information or support.

All Right Sparklers(external link) –  For ideas on activities including tummy breathing. Soon to be updated and include ‘flagged’ early learning sector appropriate activities.

All Right Parenting(external link) – Full of parenting information. A list of all the parenting groups and programmes available in Christchurch and North Canterbury. Organisation contacts and printable parenting guides such as:

  • How to help kids feel good and have fun
  • How to help kids manage worries
  • How to help kids keep calm
  • How to help kids be grateful and kind
  • Looking after yourselves (mums and dads versions!)
  • How to help your kids (and you) in your blended family
  • How to help your kids with differences and diagnoses.

All Right At Work(external link) – Useful information about stress and keeping happy in the workplace.

Right Service Right Time(external link) – If you are unsure who to contact or talk to, this organisation is a great place to call for advice.

Issues to Resources [PDF, 863 KB](external link) – This is a free wellbeing toolkit developed by All Right? and the School Based Mental Health Team for school-aged children. This resource is appropriate for older preschool-aged children.

Te Puawaitanga(external link) – A kaupapa Māori provider of a range of health, education and social services that promote the health education, culture, history and wellbeing of Māori women and their whānau. They have a large clinical team who take their expertise into the community in order to increase participation for whānau in health and education services. They aim to reduce any barriers which may affect whānau ability to access these services.

If we can support in any way, please contact us:

Anna is happy to come and speak with parents/whānau or kaiako.

Fiona Bartley reminded the hui about the Traumatic Incident Team’s role and how to access support in crisis situations. To contact this team phone 0800 848 326. This phone is monitored 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Futures Network – September hui notice

Please note that all meetings for this network are held in the Ministry of Education Conference Room (ground floor), Te Ureti, corner Hereford Street and Cambridge Terrace. The closest public parking is the West End parking building with entry via Cashel Street. There are also council-owned public parking buildings in Lichfield Street and at the Art Gallery with the first hour free.

September meeting

Date:  Tuesday 18 September
Time:  9.30–11.30am


  • Welcome and introductions
  • Ministry of Education ECE update (Vanessa Goodwin, Ministry of Education)
  • Feedback from ECE Strategic Plan survey
  • Break – tea/coffee/snack and a chance to catch up with others (a small contribution to a shared morning tea is requested)
  • 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 Street, Christchurch (corner Hereford St and Cambridge Tce)

Please note that for health and safety purposes, the names of those attending are required. Please RSVP by Thursday 13 September to: barbara.madden@education.govt.nz.

Playgroup news

In Terms 2 and 3 the Ministry of Education, under the SELO 2 provision, contracted Stuart Guyton from Wildbaby to provide support and guidance to a small number of playgroups. Stuart has been mentoring and enhancing playgroup experiences for infants and toddlers and their whānau at playgroups in both the North and South Islands for the past 4 years. The focus of this learning opportunity was to provide empowering, holistic and inclusive environments for infants and toddlers attending. In addition to his work with the playgroups, Stuart provided a workshop which was advertised to all playgroups.

Heuristic resources Stuart introduced to participants
This photo shows some of the heuristic resources Stuart introduced to participants.

Celebrating 20 years of service – Jane Russell

Submitted by the Huntsbury community

On Wednesday 6 June, Huntsbury preschool celebrated the service of our long-standing teacher Jane Russell. Jane has been working in our community preschool for 20 years. Her connection to the preschool started as a parent, before joining the relievers’ list and then 20 years ago becoming a permanent member of our teaching team.

Jane has watched the service change and grow in this time from a community playgroup operating 3 mornings a week to the licensed early childhood centre it is today, which now operates with full morning and afternoon rolls 4 days a week. Huntsbury’s unique nature of operating in a community hall offers a great deal of challenges, both physically and mentally as we unpack a cupboard to create stimulating, intentional learning environments for children daily. Jane has shown the ongoing commitment, passion and ability to do this repeatedly. She is focused on providing a meaningful learning environment for children that is responsive to their needs, interests and learning outcomes.

As a community we worked hard to create a surprise morning tea for Jane. It was a huge success and we are very grateful to our current learning community and those past parents and teachers who joined us to celebrate such an auspicious occasion. We thank the children who, over the last 2 weeks, have worked hard to decorate a beautiful paver, make delightful cards, and provide quotes for artwork a parent created.

Jane Russell
Jane enjoying the celebration

We especially thank them for keeping it quiet for such a long time, gaining a great understanding of the value of surprises and gift giving. Congratulations Jane. This is an amazing achievement and as a learning community we thank you for all that you have offered to us over the past 20 years as you continue to do today.

Te piko o te māhuri, tērā te tupu o te rākau.
The way a sapling is nurtured determines how strong it will grow as a tree.

Welcome to new early childhood services
From the beginning of this year to the end of June, we have welcomed the following new services to our network in Canterbury:

Education and Care services:

  • Kindercare Learning Centres, Aidenfield (February 2018)
  • Annabel’s Educare, West Melton (February 2018)
  • Sweet Pea (May 2018)

Playgroups newly certificated:

  • Templeton Tots

Congratulations to you all.

Inter-agency workshop

Two workshops on Recognising and Responding to Vulnerability in Children and Young People are being held on Tuesday 21 August and again on Wednesday 5 September at the Ministry of Education office from 9am–12.30pm. At this workshop you will meet key members of partner agencies. Spaces are limited to 40 people per session. You can find more information on the Shaping Education website [PDF, 133KB](external link). RSVP to events.Christchurch@education.govt.nz.

Paid parental leave increased to 22 weeks from 1 July

Paid parental leave entitlements increased from 18 to 22 weeks from Sunday 1 July 2018 (extending further to 26 weeks from Wednesday 1 July 2020). For more information about parental leave visit the Employment New Zealand website(external link).

Minister of Education’s Facebook live

Minister Hipkins did a Facebook live with the Education Council where he faced a wide range of questions from the NCEA review to early learning and teacher supply. The interview can be found on the Education Council Facebook page(external link).

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any ideas or issues. You can always contact me using the details below. I look forward to hearing from you. You can also contact one of our education advisors by emailing ECE.canterbury@education.govt.nz.

Enjoy this month’s Bulletin.

Mā te wā

Coralanne Child
Director of Education Canterbury
Phone: (03) 378 7345
Mobile: 027 420 0251
Email: coralanne.child@education.govt.nz

Otago-Southland regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora koutou and warm Pacific greetings.

July signals the beginning of a new financial year for the Ministry of Education and is a time to plan ahead, including considering professional development and how best to tailor support for services. As we do this, it was heartening to see video of Southland early childhood teachers involved in professional development about He Pi Ka Rere. This is a physical activity and nutrition programme which incorporates traditional Māori techniques. It is also designed to help teachers and kaiako develop activity-based lessons. You can view this story on the Mountain Scene website(external link).

This month I have highlighted other professional development opportunities such as:

  • the upcoming Refugee Resettlement Hui
  • planning for wider sector hui
  • shared information from the Growing from Strong Foundations joint NZEI and MOE event
  • news of expansion plans for 2 kōhanga reo.

Refugee Resettlement Hui – 22 August

On 22 August, Hui Tautoko will be held. This is a hui for early childhood education on refugee resettlement in Dunedin. This is a full-day event (9am-3pm) held at Mercy Hospital with no cost to attend and lunch and morning tea provided.

Ruth Ham, Head Teacher at the AUT Centre for Refugee Education ECE in Auckland, will be the keynote speaker. She will be sharing her expertise and insights about working with former refugee families. The afternoon sessions will include workshops around ESOL, early intervention, culture and language, with Ministry speakers and parent panels also being planned for the day. Registrations are essential and can be completed on an online form(external link). Please contact your education advisor if you have further questions.

Tū Kotahi Hui – Invercargill

In June, the Invercargill office held Tū Kotahi Hui. This was a hui specifically for early learning services that are not part of larger organisations. It was an opportunity to get together and discuss the positives as well as the challenges of being a sole or small early learning provider. Participants were able to network while covering a range of subjects from everyday tasks, right up to expressing their thoughts on the big picture education topics currently being reviewed. It was attended by both community-based and private services from across Southland.

ECE sector hui

As both Tū Kotahi Hui in Dunedin and Invercargill were well received, and also in recognition of the benefits of connecting more widely across the early learning sector, we plan to initiate a wider hui for all early learning services throughout the region over the remainder of the year.

It is anticipated that this will allow services to hear from and engage with staff from across the Ministry of Education, including Learning Support, as well as providing opportunities to connect with other early learning services. This could also include an overview of the government’s work programme with a particular focus on some of the activity directly affecting the early learning such, such as the Early Learning Strategic Plan and the opportunities you have to contribute.

Please contact your education advisor if you have anything in particular you would like to see or have covered at these hui.

Growing from Strong Foundations – NZEI Te Riu Roa and Ministry of Education hui

On 14 June I was invited to attend the Growing from Strong Foundations hui for early learning, primary teachers and school leaders. This was focused on discussing the potential of the curricula (Te Whāriki, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and New Zealand Curriculum) to support and enhance teaching practice and children’s learning. It was great to see so many early childhood educators in attendance.

There were a variety of examples of curricula adaptation and application throughout the day including:

  • Dr Alex Gunn (University of Otago College of Education) who discussed the sociocultural and ecological framework of Te Whāriki
  • Melissa Corbett from Victory School in Nelson shared how she wove the strands of Te Whāriki with NZC in focusing on dispositions for learning in her classroom
  • Rose Hipkins (NZCER) shared her recent research about key competencies, highlighting the importance of capabilities such as critical inquiry, perspective taking and disciplinary meaning – making and taking action
  • Professor Peter O’Connor (University of Auckland) shared examples from work with children in post-traumatic situations, using The Arts as an agent to engage young people in “reimaging the world”, and creativity as a process for making sense of the world around us.

Aside from sharing expertise, this event was an excellent opportunity to network between and across early learning and schooling. I enjoyed hearing your ideas, and seeing in action collaborative sharing of practice.

Targeted Assistance for Participation (TAP)

Congratulations to Te Kōhanga Reo o Nga Hau e Whā, Invercargill and Te Kōhanga Reo o Whānau Paki, Dunedin who have both had TAP funding approved in June from the 2017/18 budget to renovate and extend their kōhanga due to increased demand for child places. It is excellent to see continued and increasing demand that will strengthen Māori language and Tikanga me ngā āhuatanga for tamariki. The TAP fund supports increasing participation in early childhood education by establishing new child places in high priority areas.

Reminder about room temperatures

With the colder weather, it is a timely reminder about checking room temperatures from the ground up for small people in early learning services. Health and Safety Criterion 24 states that rooms used by children must be kept at a minimum of 16°C at 500 mm above the floor from the beginning of operating hours. This includes the sleep room/area, toilets and nappy changing area. Draughts should be minimised, especially at ground level where infants lie and crawl and children play.

It is important to note that this is a minimum requirement. Services may choose to keep their services at a higher temperature. World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines state a minimum of 18°C for residential living spaces. The criteria requirement is lower than this to allow for temperature fluctuations due to doors opening to allow children to move between indoor and outdoor spaces.

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
Direct dial: (03) 471 5217
Mobile: 027 836 4846
Email: julie.anderson@education.govt.nz

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