Early Learning Regional News – June 2018

Regional news updates for June 2018 from the Directors of Education for each Ministry of Education region.

Te Tai Tokerau regional news

Tēnā koutou katoa

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards – finalists announced

There are 15 finalists representing early learning services and schools selected for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.  They are from Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and Canterbury. The finalists were selected from 127 entries.

A judging panel will visit the finalists during May and June. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in July, where each will receive a financial award and a professional development opportunity.

Find out more about what this year’s finalists have achieved by heading to the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards website(external link).

Reflections from a student completing the Child Protection Studies Diploma with Child Matters

The Child Protection diploma is a qualification that can be of value and insightful for all working within early learning settings.

In studying for the diploma it is evident that childhood experiences, traumatic or not, impact on the adults we become, the beliefs we hold, and how we choose to parent our own children. It also has the potential to impact on the type of teachers and kaiako we become.

Life’s experiences form the decisions we make in our workplace, the relationships we form in our early childhood communities, and how we see and then respond to everything. We do not have to be defined by these experiences, as we can choose to change and break any cycles of abuse that we may have experienced growing up.

In our personal and professional lives we can weave new ways of thinking, responding, and relating to everyone we have contact with.

I fully recommend the diploma to others.

You can read more on the Child Matters website(external link).

Dr Tim Andersen
Acting Director of Education Te Tai Tokerau
Phone: 09 436 8945
Email: tim.andersen@education.govt.nz

Auckland regional news

Director’s message

Tenā koe

I hope that this edition of He Pānui Kōhungahunga finds you all well. We are now past the Winter solstice and can look forward to longer days again – even if the weather continues to be rather chilly!

Samoan Language Week

The evening was a celebration of the Samoan language and the performances by students from Sutton Park and Robertson Road.

Late last month I attended the launch event for Samoan Language Week – Fa’atauāina o le Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa – at the Fale Samoa in Mangere. The evening was a celebration of the Samoan language and the performances by students from Sutton Park and Robertson Road schools were outstanding. It was an honour and a privilege to have been part of the celebration.

The next Pacific language to be celebrated will be Cook Islands Language Week – Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani from 29 July.

The launch event for Samoan Language Week – Fa’atauāina o le Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa – at the Fale Samoa in Mangere.

Prime Minister’s Excellence in Education Award

We are very excited to see that two Auckland schools have been nominated for the Prime Minister’s Education Awards(external link) – Glenavon School for theExcellence in Leading | Atakura Award, and De La Salle College for the Excellence in Teaching and Learning | Atatū Award. Congratulations to all schools and early learning services that have been nominated – we look forward to seeing you at the awards ceremony.

Kōrero Mātauranga – let’s talk about education

Kōrero, Mātauranga, Me Kōrero tātaou: Kōrero Mātauranga – let’s talk about education

The Education Summits may be over but the Education Conversation(external link) continues. The initial public survey has had more than 13,000 responses that are contributing to the discussion.

Please continue to check this website regularly for updates, resources and further consultation, including on:

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 13 May the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, announced a funding boost of $21 million for children in early learning services to receive learning support over the next 4 years. You can read the Prime Minister’s full speech(external link).


Matariki celebrations are now underway all over the country and will continue through July. Resources to help celebrate Matariki can be accessed through Te Papa(external link) and there is a comprehensive programme of Auckland events available(external link).

We would love to share your photos and stories showing how your early learning service celebrated Matariki this year. Please send them to: kat.ashmead@education.govt.nz

Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018

Our sincerest congratulations and appreciation go out to the following Aucklanders who were acknowledged in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their contribution to education:

  • Emeritus Professor Charmian O'Connor (CBE, JP) for services to education and chemistry
  • Associate Professor Michael O'Brien for services to social policy and education
  • Ms Hilary King for services to special education
  • Mrs Alison Brearley for services to sport and education
  • Mrs Jane Williams for services to the arts and education.

More details about the contributions and accomplishments of these recipients can be found on the DPMC website(external link).

Much more than words

Much more than words.

Developing oral language is a bit of a theme for early learning since the publication of the ERO report on oral language(external link).

'Much More Than Words' (external link) is a great resource that can support your teachers and parents to develop rich oral language engagement.

'Much More Than Words' gives clear information supporting the communication development of young children. Alongside the developmental milestones are helpful tips at each of the stages. 'Much More Than Words' booklets are available from the ‘Down the Back of the Chair’ website(external link).

As teachers, it is recommended that you monitor a child's communication skills. If you have concerns compare the child's skill level with what is developmentally appropriate as outlined in the booklet. If a child's development is behind the expected levels a phone call to your local Ministry of Education Learning Support office is recommended. Please ring your local office if you have any queries.

New Kāhui Ako Lead Adviser – Kirsty Dowding

New Kāhui Ako Lead Adviser – Kirsty Dowding

A warm welcome to our newest Kāhui Ako Lead Advisor Kirsty Dowding who will be based in our Maungawhau office.

She comes to us from Kaipara College, who have generously allowed us to borrow her for a year’s secondment to cover Anuja Singh’s parental leave. Kirsty is Deputy Principal at Kaipara College and has been instrumental in advancing culturally responsive pedagogy, achievement and professional learning in the school, and has a particular passion for Māori student agency and whanau engagement. 

Kirsty has also had significant involvement with the leadership of Te Kāhui Ako o Kaipara. We are confident that she will add value to our work in the Kāhui Ako space. You can contact her at: kirsty.dowding@education.govt.nz.

New services

A big welcome to the new early learning services which have been licensed or certificated in Auckland in 2018. These are set out below.

Services newly licensed in 2018:

  • Lollipops Lynfield
  • Te Rito O Waipareira
  • Tiny Explorers Early Learning Centre
  • New Shoots Children's Centre – Westgate
  • Top Home Based Childcare
  • Apollo Kindergarten Albany
  • Education Angels In Home Childcare
  • Peter Pan Childcare – Papakura
  • Little Climbers Homebased Education and Childcare
  • Puawai – Homebased Childcare – Rua
  • Learning Tree Hobsonville
  • Choicekids Ormiston Road
  • New Shoots Children's Centre – Hobsonville
  • Taeaofou I Puaseisei Preschool – Winthrop
  • Little Wings Early Childhood Education & Care Centre
  • Little Pearls Educare Centre – Mt Roskill
  • Cottontails Childcare
  • Just Kidz Flatbush
  • Aranui Montessori Preschool
  • Little Doves Early Learning Centre
  • Inspire Early Learning Centre
  • Sugartree Lane Preschool
  • A Child's Place Early Learning Centre
  • Tender Hearts
  • Active Explorers Papakura
  • Pt England KIDS Early Learning Centre
  • Atamai Education & Care East.

Playgroups newly certificated in 2018:

  • Les Petits Lascars du North Shore
  • Awhi Playgroup
  • Kids Land Rainbow Playgroup.

Education Leaders Forum 2018

The Education Leaders Forum (ELF) is an annual forum for education leaders across New Zealand. The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Valuing Educators – Revaluing Education’ and it will be held on 8 and 9 August 2018 in Rotorua. It is for education leaders and aspiring leaders from across the learning spectrum from early childhood to tertiary education. See more on the ELF18 website(external link) for an overview, guest speakers and registration details.

Noho ora mai

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.

The future of jobs – future thinking for early learning

A popular estimate from the World Economic Forum is that 65% of children entering primary school today will work in jobs that don’t even exist yet. This fact was reiterated by demographer Natalie Jackson when she spoke to staff from the Ministry’s Waikato office, offering extensive data information linking the prospects of an aging workforce with the need to rethink education systems to adapt to a rapidly evolving employment landscape. By 2020 it is anticipated that technical skills will need to be supplemented with strong social, creative and collaborative skills.

Te Whāriki sets out a strong foundation for learners to acquire these much needed skills as they travel the early learning pathway. If you are interested in learning more about future thinking see this link: The Future of Jobs – Reports – World Economic Forum(external link).

Emergency closures

With the winter weather upon us it is timely to review managing emergency closures in early learning services. If you are unable to meet licensing requirements due to an emergency situation follow these steps:

  1. Contact the Ministry of Education office on 07 858 7130 in the first instance stating the situation (eg, flooding, power outage etc).
  2. You will then be asked to put the request in writing and this should be sent to ecewaikato.specialcircumstances@education.govt.nz
  3. The Ministry will then send a letter confirming the emergency closure.
  4. This letter should be kept for auditing purposes.
  5. When filling in the service’s RS7, put the code ‘EC’ (for emergency closure) in the date(s) closed.

Now would also be a good time to review your service’s Emergency Plan and supplies. Please refer to the following link from Civil Defence for further guidelines around emergency planning (Early Childhood Education Services Emergency Planning Guidance(external link)) on the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website.

Play spaces for young learners

If you are interested in exploring quality early learning settings for infants and toddlers a great range of resources, including some wonderful stories of practice, can be accessed at Te Whāriki online(external link).

With winter upon us there is often the realisation that infant toddler play spaces are located in small spaces with limited sunshine. This might even prompt you to consider redeveloping your play space to provide infants and toddlers with plenty of opportunities to explore sensory-rich, open-ended resources to support their holistic learning and development.

This thinking aligns strongly with the Exploration goal of Te Whāriki, which is about how all young children are supported to explore, respect and make sense of their world. At Riverlee Early Learning Centre near Whitianga, Centre Manager Kirsty Millen is proud of the large and exciting space they have created that invites exploration from the youngest learners at the centre. The following photos from Riverlee may provoke discussion within teams around how your environment encourages curiosity and active exploration for young learners.

Riverlee Early Learning Centre near Whitianga

Riverlee Early Learning Centre near Whitianga

Reminder about Incredible Years: Programme for Parents

The Ministry of Education offers this programme for parents of children aged 3 to 8 years where one or more children in a family has very challenging behaviour.

The programme is designed to develop the confidence of parents and caregivers to build positive family relationships, make change and learn to manage difficult behaviour with their children. Parents will come away from this course with the ability to encourage play, to praise and reward, and to set limits and discipline children constructively.

Programmes are offered throughout the year at different venues across the Waikato. If you have families at your service who you think could benefit from this support, talk to your local Ministry learning support staff next time you see them or contact Ann Luxton (Business Support Officer) on 07 867 9520 or at ann.luxton@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 / Tairāwhiti regional news

Tēnā koutou

Minister of Education’s visit

Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins reads to children at Carlyle Kindergarten in Napier

Last week we had a visit from the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins. This included a visit to Carlyle Kindergarten in Napier where he read the children the story ‘Five Minutes Peace’ by Jill Murphy, shared some biscuits that the children had baked for him and got to hear them sing. The visit provided a good opportunity for Minister Hipkins to get out of Wellington and talk to people at the grass roots level in the region. This was his first official visit to our region since becoming Minister of Education.

ECE Kāhui Ako Hui

Hastings ECE Kāhui Ako Hui was held at Ebbett Park School 5 June 2018

The Hastings ECE Kāhui Ako Hui was held at Ebbett Park School 5 June 2018 and was well attended by both the school and ECE sectors. Evaluations have been positive: “It was a positive collaborative meeting – good to see conversations opening between sectors – mutual trust”. The Ministry will be funding a project to support the development of early learning service networks to sit alongside every Kāhui Ako in the region through SELO over the next 2 years. Keep an eye out for details of this work in future Bulletins.

Transition to School Hui

Transition to School Hui held at Ebbett Park School on 23 May

This was held at Ebbett Park School on 23 May. There were over 100 participants, half from schools and half from early learning, who came together to listen to Kimberley Crisp speak about play-based learning. The second half of the evening involved cross-sector groups talking about the barriers and enablers to successful transition for tamariki. We hope that this is just beginning of a regular structure for collaboration for educational success.

Up and coming SELO Professional Learning and Development (PLD)

  • ‘Well-being for LEADERS in Early Learning Services’
    A day workshop facilitated by Frances van Dillen. Note that this PLD is for leaders in services who have early returns with ERO. To be held on Wednesday 27 June, 9.30am to 3pm.
  • ‘Communication for Connection’
    A 2-day workshop facilitated by Filipa Hope (based on Non-violent Communication (NVC) and developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg). To be held on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July (this is a 2-day workshop).

Registrations for both workshops are limited. Please register with Step Up Limited, Irene McAllister: irene@stepup.net.nz.

Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga Update

With the 2 Summits now completed, the focus has shifted to enabling people and communities to carry on the conversation in small or larger groups as they wish.

The Ministry is producing resources that people can use to have future-focused discussions about education and learning and provide feedback which, along with the Summit discussions, will help inform the Education Work Programme and future education planning.These resources will be available through an expanded Kōrero Mātauranga website(external link) which is going live this week.

More information is being added weekly so be sure to check the site every week or so to see what’s been added.

Funding review and decile replacement

The Government is expanding previous work on replacing deciles to look more broadly at how education resources might better support equity in schools, ngā kōhanga reo and early learning services, especially for learners from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Government will revisit replacing the decile system for schools and the equity index (EQI) for early learning services once this work on equity, and work on aspects of the Education Work Programme such as the Review of Tomorrow’s Schools and the Early Learning Strategic Plan, has been completed. This means that decile funding will not be replaced in 2019 or 2020. The Government has asked the Ministry to proceed with recalculating deciles in schools and the EQI in services using the results of the 2018 census. New ratings will take effect in 2020.

The Government has also decided that some of the Funding Review work will be folded into aspects of the Education Work Programme. Some will be addressed as opportunities arise and some will be discontinued.

Get to know us – Wayne MacGillivray – staff profile

Wayne MacGillivray, Service Manager – Learning Support for Hastings/Flaxmere

What’s your role at the Ministry of Education?

I am the Service Manager – Learning Support for Hastings/Flaxmere.

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

I joined the Ministry 2 weeks ago. I came here as I see this as a very exciting time to be working for the Ministry. I come from the education sector, with my career being primarily in special education. Over a decade ago we looked to a time where the focus on the learner would be something that would influence mainstream practice in terms of learning support. I am so thankful to be part of the implementation of these changes that will provide better outcomes for students and whānau.

What do you most enjoy about working here?

The varied nature of our work and the opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated and highly skilled professionals who work daily for the best for our tauira.

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

We have 5 children at home with us here in the Bay, so my non-work life is a blur of transporting children between sporting and other fun childhood pursuits! I love being a parent and being influential in the development of each unique child.

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

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.

We are nearly half-way through the year. Where has the year gone? I hope you are managing to stay warm with the sudden change in temperature we have been experiencing.

Kāhui Ako update

Kāhui Ako in our region continue to make good progress. Principals and across school leaders from our region attended the recent Kāhui Ako leaders’ hui in Auckland and Wellington led by Brian Annan and Mary Chamberlain. Reports from these sessions were that it was inspiring and thought provoking, as well as providing some good ideas for next steps.

The Ruapehu Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako has just appointed Kim Basse from Ruapehu College as their Lead Principal. Congratulations Kim.

Two South Taranaki Kāhui Ako (Hawera and Patea) have begun an engagement project with early learning services to support the transition of their tamariki into the 14 primary schools and one area school. This is a great opportunity for the schools and the early learning services to collaborate in a way that ensures young people and their whānau experience a positive transition to school.

We have been very fortunate to engage a highly experienced early learning facilitator, Chrissy Lepper from Leap Education, to facilitate the workshops between early learning services and schools. She emphasises the importance of having a genuine commitment to the educational success of all children in the community.

Chrissy is currently running similar projects in Palmerston North and Feilding and will shortly start another project in the South Rangitikei Kāhui Ako.

Professional learning opportunity (PLO) postponement

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the PLO focused on Tātaiako and the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 scheduled for Palmerston North, Whanganui and New Plymouth on 5, 6 and 11 June was postponed. We apologise for the short notice and hope this did not cause any inconvenience.

We will be rescheduling these PLOs in your area once we have confirmed dates. If you are currently on the waiting list, this will automatically be transferred over to the next event. For further information please make contact with your Education Advisor.

Delivery of Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO)

We are interested to hear about any ideas or areas of interest you have about topics for PLOs for our region. If so, please make contact with Hilarie Nicoll at hilarie.nicoll@education.govt.nz.

Newly certificated Playgroup

Congratulations to Playgroup with Hope on receiving their full certificate this month. This Playgroup is associated with, and operates from, Hope Vineyard Church in Palmerston North with a philosophy expressed through a Christian perspective. They operate during school terms on Tuesdays from 9.30 to 11.30am.

Playgroup is a great way to engage parents in their child’s learning. If you are interested in establishing a Playgroup or puna kōhungahunga, further information can be found on our Ministry of Education website(external link) or by contacting either of the Education Advisors Ginge (barbara.potaka@education.govt.nz) or Ann-Cherie (anncherie.phillips@education.govt.nz).

Playgroup funding information (funding period July–December 2018)

Playgroup funding (PG3) and annual funding report (PG5) forms will be sent out to all eligible Playgroups shortly. It is important that both forms are completed and returned by the due dates specified, which can be found on each form.

It is also important that the Ministry has the most current details for your Playgroup. If your Playgroup’s funding contact person, postal address or bank account details have changed, please notify us. Incorrect details may result in delayed funding.

Further details about the funding and report forms can be found on our website. If you require assistance with the completion of the form or report please contact your local Education Advisor.

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

Director’s message

Kia ora and greetings. I hope you all enjoyed the recent long weekend.

Education Conversation/Kōrero Mātauranga

On 24 May 2018, a new Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga website(external link) was launched. This online hub is where you can access information about the Education Summits, including participants’ contributions, as well as download tools and information to help you hold your own community or workplace conversations about the future of learning and education. I encourage you all to get involved in this important discussion.

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards – finalist Toru Fetū Kindergarten

It is very exciting to see the Toru Fetū Kindergarten in Porirua named as a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards(external link). The centre aims to establish the Aoga, Akoga and Punanga for the present and future generations of young people of Cook Island, Niue, and Tuvalu descent to learn in their own language and culture. It is working hard to address the barriers some Pasifika families face, to ensure the highest level of support is accessible to all. What a great achievement to be a finalist – congratulations to all involved.

Pasifika Playgroup – celebrating Samoan Language Week

Cellaise, Playgroup Coordinator

Families and members of the Wainuiomata Community were invited along to the Pasifika Playgroup at Wainuiomata Library on 30 May 2018 to celebrate Samoan Language Week. 

This was a great chance to learn about the Samoan language and culture. Cellaise, the Playgroup Coordinator, led a group mat time for mums, dads and children. Everyone enjoyed singing the beautiful “Si manu la’ititi sa i lunga o le la’au” about a little bird on a tree. Cellaise also introduced a phrase for the day, “O a mai oe how are you?”

Food was another important part of the celebration. Everyone came together after a blessing and shared a special lunch that included traditional types of food.

Hutt City libraries work in partnership with the Pasifika Playgroup and provide the venue for this group. The Playgroup is run as a fun weekly session of songs, rhymes and free play, all conducted in different Pacific languages and open to all cultures. Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Wainuiomata Library.

Angela Coutts – staff profile

Angela Coutts, Senior Advisor for early learning

Kia ora

My role as a Senior Advisor for early learning is to provide support for the Lower Hutt, Wairarapa and Tararua area. I am one of the new kids on the block and have been with the Ministry for 2 months.

I am originally from a little town called Balclutha in South Otago, but have been slowly working my way up New Zealand, having lived and worked in Dunedin, Christchurch and now Wellington (been here 12 years).

I have over 25 years’ experience in early learning which has involved teaching and managing in early learning centres, kindergartens, a mobile kindergarten, in Playcentre, work with Core Education, the Ministry and being a mum.

In my spare time I enjoy being a chauffeur for my daughter, big dog walks, concerts, movies and travel. You can contact me at angela.coutts@education.govt.nz or by phone on 04 439 4629.


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 o te tau hou a Matariki!


Maranga mai Matariki, heralding the start of the Māori New Year. This is a time of remembrance and a time to celebrate new beginnings with friends and whānau. A number of Matariki events are taking place around the region such as the Victory Community Centre Matariki Lantern Parade on Wednesday 27 June and the AHO – To Shine (Matariki Festival)(external link) being held in Picton on 14 July. Matariki provides an opportunity for early learning services to engage in authentic learning experiences with whānau and tamariki within your community. The Te Papa website(external link) has some information and resources that early learning services may find useful to support with this kaupapa.

Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

Kōrero, Mātauranga, Me kōrero tātou: Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga

An updated Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga(external link) website was recently launched. Over time the website will feature: detailed material from the Summit events; tools and information to help people start conversations in their own communities; and documents and information aimed at helping people engage with the various parts of the Education Work Programme, starting with the NCEA review. I recommend you come back to this site every week or so.

CCS Disability Action Early Intervention Playgroup (Little Stars)

Little Star members
Little Star members (back row from left) Halena Berkett, Nicki Berkett, Lindsey Tolmie, Olivia Smith (front)

Little Stars is a Playgroup that supports families in the Nelson area with preschool children who have additional learning needs, disabilities and/or developmental delays. The Playgroup operates with the support of CCS Disability Action, the Ministry of Education and Child Development Services. It provides a strong support network for families and an inclusive learning environment with sign language integrated into the educational programme.

Nicki, the Coordinator, is supported in the facilitation of the programme by her daughter Halena who has volunteered for over 10 years and who herself is profoundly deaf and has dystonia. The group is also supported by an education support worker, Lindsay, and has visits each term from an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech language therapist and social worker.

Little Stars operates on Wednesday mornings (term times) at St Barnabas’ Church Crèche in Stoke from 9am to 12pm. If you would like more information about the Playgroup please contact Elizabeth Hamilton, Education Advisor, elizabeth.hamilton@education.govt.nz, 03 539 1504, or Nicki Berkett, Little Stars Coordinator on 027 226 9900.

Oral language

Have you attended the oral language SELO? Do you have an oral language inquiry for your early learning service? This figure below, from Much More Than Words (p.5), might enable you to pinpoint an aspect to focus on for your inquiry into oral language.

The parts of communication

Early learning services may also find the Education Review Office report Responding to Language Diversity in Auckland(external link) a useful starting point with supporting oral language for diverse learners. This report provides evidence-based research on how to support ākonga in developing that sense of inclusion and belonging you are seeking in confident learners. While it uses the language of schools, the principles are easily translated into the early learning setting.

Gwen Gilmore, Education Advisor, is a member of the Oral Language Project team for our region and can be contacted for research support on 03 539 1532. For general speech and language concerns, please contact our main office on 03 546 3470 to request a referral to a speech and language therapist.

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

Home-based review

The Minister of Education has announced a number of reviews including home-based early learning. The home-based review is underway to ensure that it delivers quality education and care for children. Consultation is expected to commence next month. I encourage you all to have your say and share the link to the Kōrero with others at conversation.education.govt.nz(external link). Over the course of the next few months I will keep you posted on developments.

Congratulations – Category 4 ERO reports

It is great to see 3 more Canterbury services gain a Category 4 (very well placed) Education Review Office (ERO) report. Congratulations on your good work to:

  • Pennylane Early Childhood Centre (confirmed April 2018)
  • Kidsfirst Kindergarten Templeton (confirmed May 2018)
  • Kidsfirst Kindergarten Opawa St Martins (confirmed May 2018).

The ERO report for Pennylane Early Childhood Centre included the following comment:

“Teachers meaningfully integrate Māori language and culture into the daily programme. They give thoughtful and genuine responses to children's cultural connections and draw on whānau aspirations for rich and relevant learning. Children benefit from tuakana-teina relationships, where older children support and learn alongside younger children. Thoughtful consideration is given to the selection of the teacher who takes major responsibility for care and learning of each child.”

Helen Lowe, Centre Manager for Pennylane Early Childhood Centre, writes below about the work the centre has put into this aspect of curriculum:

“In 2014, ERO identified a key next step of strengthening the way in which we integrate the languages and culture of whānau into our programme. This key next step was the catalyst in our team embarking on an internal evaluation into growing our culturally responsive practices – looking back to move forward.

“As a teaching team we felt this was an area of our practice that was a priority for growth and development and we were committed to delving deeper. As kaiako we also know that our responsibilities are to develop our cultural competence through the use of te reo and tikanga Māori which allow us to form responsive and reciprocal relationships with tangata whenua in partnership.

“We prioritise Māori learners as Māori in our community because we know it gives voice to Māori aspirations, develops our partnership and ensures Māori culture thrives in our place.  Our vision for this aspect of our practice is in line with Te Whāriki where it speaks of all children having the opportunity to grow up in Aotearoa as competent and confident learners who are strong in their language, identity and culture.

“Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us. Our want is for all tamariki to experience an equitable education where they grow a strong sense of tūrangawaewae, their feet are firmly grounded here, they are strongly affirmed in their cultural identity and language, and know that in this place they belong and are valued at the deepest level.

“Profoundly, we discovered the importance of ‘looking back to move forward’. We must know where our tamariki and whānau descend from and where they have been to inform our future direction. We need to explore our cultural narrative and how that influences the place-based curriculum we design for tamariki. We discovered that a place-based curriculum allows kaiako to be responsive and examine where their feet stand, their connections to the land, their cultural identity and the history of Te Tiriti partners. We learnt that we strongly prioritise whanaungatanga – strong, reciprocal partnerships with whānau consistently across our entire centre. Kanohi ki te kanohi, face-to-face communication, is the most effective way to build depth in our relationships and gain valuable cultural insights and aspirations.

“The process of delving deeper into our practices has supported our tamariki to become increasingly capable of making connections between people, places and things. We have also noticed how the mana of tamariki has been strengthened. This has been critical to their learning and development, which has been enhanced through the rich connections across the settings in their life. Through kaiako respectfully acknowledging and being responsive to the identity, language and culture of tamariki at Pennylane, we have created an environment where tamariki have strengthened their self-esteem and confidence about who they are and their place in the world.

“This is an aspect of our service which ERO has acknowledged as high quality practice in our recent review”.

Service recognition

Two special awards ceremonies were held in Christchurch and Timaru to honour Ministry of Education staff for their years of service and celebrate the loyalty and commitment of 4 of our longest serving team members recognised for 30 to 52 years of service.

In Christchurch we celebrated the significant contribution of 65 staff members who between them have provided 1,207 years of service to education and the 7 staff from our Timaru team were recognised for 104 years of service.

Ministry of Education staff work hand-in-hand with the political leadership and the children, young people, whānau, early learning services, principals, teachers and board of trustees in Canterbury.

L to R: Bill Pullar (52 years’ service), Anne Gibbs (30 years’ service), Kate McNabb (36 years’ service) and Peter Fenwick (46 years’ service).
Left to Right: Bill Pullar (52 years’ service), Anne Gibbs (30 years’ service), Kate McNabb (36 years’ service) and Peter Fenwick (46 years’ service)

To serve means you are part of something larger than yourself, that you are making a contribution that leaves behind a better system or service than you found it. The challenge is to continue to do everything to support the next generation of New Zealanders.

That is what the Ministry of Education is about, and that is why education is such an important part of the public service.

Hoon Hay School

A total of 15 finalists have been selected from 127 entries for this year’s Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. Their entries successfully demonstrated excellent education practices that support student achievement. Congratulations to Hoon Hay School who are a finalist in the Excellence in Teaching and Learning category. You can find out more about what this year’s finalists have achieved by heading to the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards(external link) website.

Income equity for Māori

Tokona Te Raki has recently released Change Agenda: Income Equity for Māori [PDF, 2.28MB](external link). This report shows how Māori success is key to unlocking future prosperity for all. Realising that potential will also require significant shifts in policy, practice and values for us to collectively re-wire our system for Māori success.Tokona Te Raki(external link) is a Ngāi Tahu-led collaborative established to increase Māori participation, success and progression in education and employment outcomes.

Education Leaders Forum 2018

The Education Leaders Forum (ELF) is an annual forum for education leaders across New Zealand. The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Valuing Educators – Revaluing Education’ and will be held on 8 and 9 August 2018 in Rotorua. It is for education leaders and aspiring leaders from across the learning spectrum from early childhood to tertiary education. See more on ELF18(external link) for an overview, guest speakers and registration details.

Futures Network

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

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

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

Enjoy this month’s Bulletin.

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

Otago-Southland regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora koutou and warm Pasifika greetings.

The last few weeks we have been reminded that we live in the south and enjoy having 4 distinct seasons. I hope you have been able to share the joys of winter with the children in ways that enhance their learning and understanding of the world around us, whether it be in terms of ice crystals, warm winter vegetable soups or rain puddles.

This month I have highlighted the exciting launch of Tino e Tasi Preschool’s Samoan Language app, provided an overview of SELO, our professional development fund to support early learning, and included general reminders about watching for the impact of Mycoplasma bovis and emergency preparedness.

Tino e Tasi Preschool – launch of Samoan language app Tatou ō ile Maketi

On 8 June 2018, Tino e Tasi held its Dunedin launch of its new Samoan language app Tatou ō ile Maketi (Let’s go to the market), which it produced in-house with the direct participation of its children.

The app works by presenting tamaitiwith a shopping list and selection of food items to choose from. Following the shopping list, our tamaiti select and drag the required food items into the basket. As the correct item is selected, they hear the item spoken in Samoan. Once all food items have been selected the children move onto the next level in the game. During the development, a mobile sound studio was used at the preschool and recorded all the words and songs in the kitchen. The children were involved at every step of the way and also taught about code and how code makes games and computers work.

The launch on 8 June (also appropriately Pacific Day) was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions of the children involved and share this with the wider community. The launch followed a visit by Pacific Peoples Minister, the Hon Aupito William Sio, visiting Tino e Tasi on 7 June to try out the app and hear about its development from the children.

You can read more about the app and download it on the Tino e Tasi app website(external link).

Strengthening Education Learning Opportunities (SELO) overview

Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) for children, whānau, families and communities is a professional development programme for early learning. It is a flexible professional development fund targeted at early childhood education providers, kōhanga reo, playgroups and the wider early learning community.

There are many different programmes available which can be shaped to the service's or community’s needs. This includes:

  • In-depth professional development with facilitators working directly with services to support the delivery of high quality early childhood education
  • Community-specific professional development to support responsiveness to identity, language and culture, including professional development designed for certified Playgroups and to support children/whānau with special education needs
  • Curriculum areas tailored to specific early learning services, including leadership for the 0-8 year pathway.

Over the last year we have used our regional SELO funding to provide professional development around child protection, autism, governance and management, curriculum support, bicultural and Pacific responsiveness, supporting early learning involvement in Kāhui Ako, and supporting early learning services to work with former refugee families.

We are also looking at support for early learning services to integrate digital technology into everyday practice and also alignment with learning support needs within early learning services.

If you have ideas for SELO use over the 2018/2019 year that the Ministry may support please get in touch with your regional Ministry Education Advisor.

Mycoplasma bovis

We are aware that a number of rural services will be working with families affected by the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries is the lead government agency working with the farming sector, but this is a reminder that the impacts of this may be more far-reaching for families. Please see the article in general news for further information and where to access support if you are concerned about any children in your services.

Staffing update

Angelina Kiorehas been appointed as our Strategic Advisor Māori. Ange’s experience as Team Leader Parents, Family and Whānau, her work across the education sector to support whānau, her community work and networks, and her 12 years in the Ministry makes her well suited to this strategic leadership position.

Emergency preparedness

As the days get distinctly colder, it is a reminder to ensure your service is prepared in the event of extreme weather or other emergency situations. If you do have to close, I encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. We often get queries during emergency events and we appreciate being made aware if your service is affected. This will also help us pass on relevant information to you, as well as keeping other agencies informed, so that we can best support any emergency situation that is occurring. If you wish to discuss the requirements around closing, or emergency management in general, please contact your Education Advisor.

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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