Early Learning Regional News – June 2019

Regional News updates for June 2019 from the Directors of Education for each Ministry of Education region.

Tai Tokerau regional news

Environmental Awards 2019

The Northland Regional Council Environmental Awards recognise the people and organisations that are working to protect and enhance our unique environment in Tai Tokerau. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 23 May. The night showcased some incredible contributions Northlanders are making to help our environment thrive.

A massive congratulations to the ECE finalists, Mairtown Kindergarten and Comrie Park Kindergarten, who were the supreme environmental award winners.

Comrie Park Kindergarten Team receiving supreme award at the inaugural Environmental Awards.

The Comrie Park Kindergarten Team, named supreme award winner at the Northland Regional Council’s inaugural ‘Environmental Awards’. Kindergarten Head Teacher Anna Alexander is pictured far right, next to Council Chairman Bill Shepherd. Ms Alexander is holding the supreme winner’s trophy created especially for the event by Korotangi Kapa Kingi. Photo: Sue Shepherd.

Environmental action in education award

This award recognises those in the education sector who are driving learning and action to bring about change on environmental issues. The award is specific to schools, kura Māori, early learning services or tertiary institutions, and can include the whole school, groups or individuals. 

Winner: Comrie Park Kindergarten

Mairtown Kindergarten was also a finalist in this category.

Environmental leadership award

This award recognises an individual or group whose leadership, support of others and a willingness to share ideas and resources is making a significant contribution to Northland’s environment. 

Highly Commended: Comrie Park Kindergarten.

Incredible Years Parent Programme Ruakaka

The Incredible Years Programme will now be delivered in Ruakaka to support whanau in the wider area such as One Tree Point, Mangawhai, Waipu, Springfield and Mata.

The programme will commence early August and is for parents / grandparents / caregivers of children in the 3-8 age group who are seeking or needing help with behaviour strategies.

For further information about the programme, or to enrol, please contact Eileen Turner, Positive Behaviour for Learning Advisor, on 09 436 8909 or at eileen.turner@education.govt.nz.


The Northland District Health Board is strongly encouraging people, especially children, teenagers and young adults who have never been vaccinated, to get immunised. In New Zealand, if you were born in 1969 or later you can get the measles vaccine for free.

If you are unsure about whether your child has had MMR immunisation, or you cannot find your records, you can check with your Well Child Tamariki Ora provider or contact your family doctor. You can also contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 if you have any concerns about the immunisation process.

It is imperative that we take all possible steps to prevent the spread of measles in our region. Further information about measles and immunisation can be found on the website below.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre website(external link)

The latest updates from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service about measles in Auckland can always be found on their website. There are also copies of the Measles Fact Sheet available in Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori, Niuean, Chinese, Korean, Hindi and NZ Sign Language on it.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service(external link)

Alternatively, you can phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 for immediate health advice.

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

Auckland regional news

Talofa lava

Samoan Language Week

Ministry staff, community leaders and Auckland principals attend the launch of S

Late last month we celebrated Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa | Samoan Language Week – the first of our 2019 Language Weeks. Our Ministry staff attended a number of events promoting Gagana Samoa – I hope many of you were able to do the same. Below is a picture of our staff attending the official launch event held at Fale o Samoa in Mangere, alongside community leaders and a number of our Auckland principals.

Risk and Assurance Board

On 22 May, we hosted the Ministry’s Risk and Assurance Board in Auckland for the day. The Board has an important role providing advice to the Secretary of Education on the Ministry’s strategic direction, and on the delivery of its programme of work and associated outcomes. A highlight of the day was a visit to Western Springs College.

We began with a very moving whakatau led by Ngā Puna O Waiōrea students, followed by the opportunity to engage with students in a session that provided a real experience of student agency. Board members, school, kura and Kāhui Ako leaders also shared valuable and valued insights about the challenges and opportunities of co-governance and partnerships under Te Titiri. A big thank you to Western Springs College Ngā Puna O Waiōrea and to all those who made the day ‘come alive’ as a great success.

Measles information for Auckland early learning services

The number of measles cases in Auckland has risen and it continues to spread. All early learning services should now have received direct communication from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, including flyers to include in your newsletter or send home with children. If you have not received this email please contact kat.ashmead@education.govt.nz and we will ensure it gets to you.

Please take this information seriously and share it with your staff and your services community. It is absolutely imperative that we take all possible steps to prevent the further spread of this potentially life-threatening disease.

The latest updates from Auckland Regional Public Health Service about measles in Auckland can always be found on their website below, under ‘Disease and illness – measles’. There are also copies of the Measles Fact Sheet available in Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori, Niuean, Chinese, Korean, Hindi and NZ Sign Language on it.

Alternatively, you can phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 for immediate health advice.

Measles outbreak in Auckland – Auckland Regional Public Health Service(external link)

Vahefonua Tonga Education & Health Expo 2019

Front from left: Vai Talakai, MOE; NZ Methodist Church President Rev. Setaita Kinahoi Taumoepeau Veikune; The Hon Jenny Salesa; Mele-Seini Tu’itupou, ECE Home-based Coordinator. Back row: Monika Ma’u, MOE.
Front from left: Vai Talakai, MOE; NZ Methodist Church President Rev. Setaita Kinahoi Taumoepeau Veikune; The Hon Jenny Salesa; Mele-Seini Tu’itupou, ECE Home-based Coordinator. Back row: Monika Ma’u, MOE.

On 25 May, our staff hosted a stall at the 2019 Vahefonua Tonga Education & Health Expo in New Lynn. This is the 13th Education & Health Expo held by Vahefonua, which has supported parents and young people to be better informed about education, career pathways, trades and apprenticeship opportunities. This year the expo had a strong focus on promoting participation in early childhood education, as well as providing information about other agency services that support social, cultural and health wellbeing. You can find out more about Vahefonua on the website below.

Siaola website(external link)

The Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities and Associate Minister for Education, attended the event, and spoke about the Wellbeing Budget, opportunities for minimising rheumatic fever and the importance of Skills & Trades pathways.

Feel free to call me using the contact details below.

Ngā mihi nui.

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

Waikato regional news

E rau rangatira maa teenaa koutou katoa.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Earlier this month the first group of staff from the Waikato Ministry office were privileged to attend a workshop designed to extend and improve knowledge and understanding of the ongoing relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to our work.

Waikato Ministry staff attending a workshop on Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

For some staff it was their first Te Tiriti workshop, while for others it was an opportunity to refresh thinking and awareness of Te Tiriti in the current context of Aotearoa-New Zealand.

For many of you it may also have been a while since you refreshed your personal and service wide knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Te Whāriki is an excellent starting place for early learning services to begin looking at Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to support your ability to identify organisational and personal actions needed to embed implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi within everyday work.

The articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are embedded in the principles, strands, goals and learning outcomes of Te Whāriki. We all share responsibility for enacting Te Tiriti aspirations as we use Te Whāriki with mokopuna and whanau and with hapū and iwi. You may wish to pause and consider the following questions in relation to your own service:

  • How is Te Tiriti enacted in our service now?
  • What are we doing to ensure that te reo Māori not only survives but thrives?
  • How is our service culturally responsive?
  • How do we ensure mokopuna are provided with equitable opportunities to learn?
  • What more do we need to do meet our Te Tiriti responsibilities?

The following links provide useful information to support your services with ongoing learning around Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

Māori worldview in practice(external link)

Identity, language and culture(external link)

Future of Māori Education – National Report

Talking about Te Tiriti o Waitangi connects well with the recent Future of Māori Education – National Report which brings together information gathered in 2018 during conversations with Māori whānau and communities about what matters most in the education of Māori learners. Over 2000 learners, whānau and educators came and discussed a wide range of issues and opportunities for Māori education. You are able to view the regional summary reports, together with the Future of Māori Education National Summary Report at the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga website. Information in this report will be used to inform our refresh of Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo, and the overall Education Work Programme.

Future of Māori Education National Summary Report [PDF, 706KB](external link)

Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga website(external link)

Education Work Programme Overview(external link)

Kahui Ako update

Early learning services and ngā kōhanga reo membership of Kāhui Ako in the Waikato region continues to climb, with 104 providers becoming approved members. Currently 24 of our 25 Kāhui Ako have early learning member representation. Several of our Kāhui Ako and early learning services have applied for the collaboration grants to support engagement for early learning providers. The first round of the collaboration grants is coming to an end, and the second round will be available in the new financial year. To apply for the next round of funding please see our website for further information. We are really keen to support and see further services and ngā kōhanga reo joining Kāhui Ako.

Funding for early learning in Kāhui Ako

Pacific Language Weeks

We often get asked by services how they can find out the dates for the various Pacific Language Weeks. Information can be found on the Ministry for Pacific Peoples website below and the awareness days/weeks page on our website. The 2019 dates are included below so that you can put these in your calendars for future reference. An interesting fact you may not be aware of is that 2019 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. This has the aim of raising awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of indigenous languages across the world.

Ministry for Pacific Peoples website(external link)

Awareness days/weeks to celebrate in ECE

Language Week dates

Language weekDates
Samoa Language Week Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June 2019 (although this week has passed did you know that Samoan is the 3rd most spoken language in New Zealand?)
Cook Islands Language Week Sunday 4 August – Saturday 10 August 2019
Tonga Language Week Sunday 1 September – Saturday 7 September 2019
Tuvalu Language Week Sunday 29 September – Saturday 5 October 2019
Fiji Language Week Sunday 6 October – Saturday 12 October 2019
Niue Language Week Sunday 13 October – Saturday 19 October 2019
Tokelau Language Week Sunday 27 October – Saturday 2 November 2019

And finally … emergency closure reminder

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 please follow these steps:

  1. Contact the Ministry of Education office in the first instance on 07 858 7130, 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 dates of 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.

Noho ora mai

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

Bay of Plenty – Waiariki regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora and talofa lava. 

This term is really flying past, and in fact the whole year is going really quickly. The world of education continues to be exciting and ever changing. I hope that you are managing to keep up with the changes and enjoy some of the opportunities such as Samoan Language Week and Matariki celebrations. A few notices and items follow for this month.

Āpāia Te Reo Māori – Hui Taumata 2019 (Āpāia Te Reo Māori Symposium)

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki
Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi
Mānawa maiea te mātahi o te tau

I am excited to announce the launch of Āpāia Te Reo Māori – Hui Taumata 2019. The hui taumata is part of our region’s response to the thoughts and ideas about Māori education you have shared with us. This is our opportunity as a region to understand the diversity of provision and networks to support a stronger and more sustainable Māori-medium pathway from kōhanga reo and puna reo, right through to kura, wharekura and beyond.

We welcome Ako Tika Ltd as the main provider managing this event, which will include workshops, keynote speakers, activities, entertainment, lectures and much more.

The theme for this year’s symposium is Matariki, which is appropriate as the hui is being held during the time of the Māori New Year. This is an opportunity for the sector to come together and wānanga at a time in which their ancestors would meet to prepare for the year ahead.

Invitations will be sent out to all Māori-medium centres, kura, wharekura, wānanga, iwi, hapū and Māori organisations. All participants must have RSVP'd by 20 June to apaiahuitaumata2019@gmail.com.

Budget 2019

Budget 2019 provides the education sector with $2.05 billion of gross ($1.55 billion net) new operating funding over 5 years, and $1.47 billion of capital over 10 years. See the link below for further details.

Budget 2019 education highlights


On Wednesday 8 May, I was fortunate enough to attend the launch of the Tamaariki project. This is an inclusive early childhood education approach led by Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Teko and supported by both the Ministry of Education and Te Kohanga Reo National Trust. The project aims to ensure that all tamariki with additional needs can thrive and learn like every other child.

You can view the article and video captured by Maori Television using the link below.

Te Kohanga Reo o Te Teko Tamaariki Project(external link)

Incident notification and mandatory reporting

A gentle reminder to you all that where there is a serious injury or illness or incident involving a child while at the service that is required to be notified to a specified agency, the service provider must also notify the Ministry of Education at the same time.

A specified agency is any government agency or statutory body that a centre is required to notify if there is a serious (or as defined) injury, illness, incident or allegation. This may include but is not limited to:

The Education Act 1989 states that an employer must provide a mandatory report to the Teaching Council New Zealand in certain circumstances. Failing to file a report is an offence, which carries a fine of up to $5000 unless there is reasonable justification. Service providers can find out more about responsibilities for mandatory reporting on the Teaching Council New Zealand| Matatū Aotearoa website.

Teaching Council(external link)

If you are unsure about whether an incident or accident is serious please call our ECE Advisors and discuss the situation with them.

Contact details for local Ministry offices

HS34 Incident notification to the Ministry of Education – centre-based licensing criteria

HS33 Incident notification to the Ministry of Education – home-based licensing criteria

HS34 Incident notification to Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust – kōhanga reo licensing criteria

HS12 Incident notification to the Ministry of Education – certification criteria for playgroups

Starting a new service

If you are thinking of establishing a new service, please be mindful that the Ministry aims to process complete applications within 30 working days. Note that some applications can take longer to process.

You can contact Michelle Grant-Broughton for a copy of an EC/1C, which includes the documentation checklist and details about the application fee. It is also advisable to talk to the ECE Team at your local Ministry office for more information and support.

Local Ministry of Education office

For more information on starting a new service please visit the link below.

Starting a service

Licensing – What’s on top?

  • Heating – now that winter is here and the days are colder it is important to remember that your service needs to have a safe and effective means of maintaining a room temperature of no lower than 16°C to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children.
  • Emergency closure – an emergency closure occurs when circumstances beyond the control of individual services cause temporary closures. Closures are normally for 1-2 days only. Extreme weather conditions are considered an emergency, and funding will continue. You must apply to your local Ministry office for emergency closure funding.

7-5 Emergency Closure – ECE Funding Handbook

If you have any further queries about any licensing requirements please contact our Education Advisors:

SELO funding workshop

Service providers, centre managers and administrators seated around a conference table.

The Rotorua Ministry office hosted the last of 3 workshops presented by Susi Shaw to support services with funding and financial matters. Previous workshops had been held in Tauranga and Whakatane. Service providers, centre managers and administrators thoroughly enjoyed the session and appreciated the information that Susi shared to better support governance, management and administration practices. We will look to provide another round of workshops later in the year for those who missed this opportunity. 

La manuia

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

Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti regional news

Director’s message

Tēnā koutou.

It’s hard to believe we are already half-way through the year! Days are becoming shorter and the colder weather is settling in.

Upcoming SELO professional development opportunities

‘Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners’

Are you wondering about how to strengthen the way you embed the cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners in your practices? Brenda Soutar will lead us through an evening of conversation that will provide you with additional insights and make the links to the Education Council standards for the teaching profession, teachers’ appraisal cycles, and unpack with you what evidence might look like that demonstrates progression of teachers’ cultural competencies over time.

Hastings: Wednesday 26 June, 6pm to 8pm

Registrations are limited to one application per service. Register with chrissy@leapeducation.ac.nz or phone 027 226 6327.

‘Communication for Connection Gisborne’

(Based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg)

Dates are still to be confirmed for upcoming professional learning and development in Gisborne to support improved communication with tamariki, whānau and colleagues. Communication for Connection can empower you to better meet the needs of yourself and others, and enable improved early learning environments where tamariki feel heard and valued. Communication for Connection workshops are held over 2 days. For more information or to register your interest contact Filipa Hope at filipahope@gmail.com.

Tairawhiti REAP Engaging Priority Whānau

E aku nui,
E aku rahi,
E aku whakatamarahi ki te rangi,
E aku whakatiketike ki te whenua,
Mauriora kia tatou katoa.

Since August last year, our Engaging Priority Whānau programme has been speeding along. We are currently engaged with 20 whānau in the wider Gisborne area and have a waiting list. Our area of engagement is vast and rugged, from as close as Patutahi out to Matawai. We often need to drive through creeks or are sitting in lines of traffic where the highway is down to one lane due to slips, but this is the commitment that we make to the whānau who we engage with.

We are proud and honoured that our contract was recently extended to support our rural whānau in the North and South of the East Coast area. In the past few months we have begun supporting 20 additional whānau in rural Tairāwhiti/East Coast. All whānau that we spend time with are now fully engaged in their tamariki’s educational journey and are brave and forthright in ensuring that the early learning services and schools that their babies enrol into are catering to their social, cultural and educational needs. We look forward to continuing this amazing learning adventure with our whānau.

Brain development – Nathan Wallis

We were thrilled with the turnout to Nathan Mikaere Wallis’ training in Central Hawke’s Bay recently, with over 400 people in attendance. Nathan will be presenting 3 sessions to the Wairoa Community at the Taiho School Hall on Wednesday 10 July: 

8.30–10.00am: An understanding of how positive adult interaction helps improve well-being for children and adolescents

10.30am–12pm: The impact of early adult-child interactions on brain development and child outcomes

12.30–2pm: Evidence-based strategies for supporting positive behaviour in children and adolescents.

Please RSVP to christie.osborne@education.govt.nz.


Matariki celebrations are now underway all over the country and will continue throughout July. This is a time to gather with friends and whānau to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. The Te Papa website has a great range of resources and information that early learning services may find useful to support this kaupapa.

Te Papa website(external link)

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

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū regional news

Kia ora. He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.

New licensed services

Welcome to the new early learning services which have been licensed across our region since the beginning of January 2019 – Ruru House in Lepperton and Tui Early Learners in Feilding. 

Winter reminders

As we head into the winter months it is a good time to remind everyone about the need to regularly review and update your evacuation, communication and response systems.

Services are also required to keep us updated with any changes, which includes changes to contact names and numbers. It is particularly important that the details of the service provider and the emergency contacts are current, which will enable us to be able to make contact quickly in an emergency situation. Please call us or send us an email at ece.twm@education.govt.nz to notify us of any changes.

This month we are also highlighting room temperature to ensure your service provides the recommended room temperature throughout operational hours, so you are providing a comfortable place of learning. For further information about heating at your service please see the licensing information below on the Education website.

Kāhui Ako update – Te Kōhanga Moa Transition Workshop

Te Kōhanga Moa Kāhui Ako is made up of 8 schools and 5 early learning centres in and around Inglewood. Early learning services have been members from the very beginning of the Kāhui Ako with one ECE leader a member of the key leadership group.

Te Kōhanga Moa Kāhui Ako Achievement Challenge Plan has a focus on transition, raising achievement through enhanced transition, and developing key strategies to ensure successful transitions into, between and within early learning, primary and secondary.

Their inquiry began in February 2019 after scoping had occurred in 2018. A contract was created between Leap Education and the Kāhui Ako to support their programme of work. The key focus areas have been:

  • Increasing the partnerships between early learning centres, whānau and iwi so that there is a deep knowledge and understanding around the tamariki transitioning into and within their environments
  • Creating a transition team network in each learning service to ensure all tamariki and whānau are nurtured during and after transition into and within the learning services
  • Visiting different environments
  • Understanding the links between Te Whāriki and the NZ Curriculum
  • Enhancing communication across the learning centre to support the transition programme.

At a recent Kāhui Ako review meeting, school principals spoke very highly of the transition programme of work, and talked about how relationships between early learning services and schools are now at a completely different understanding.

Staffing update

We are pleased to welcome Suzanne Beenan into our team. She has been appointed as an Education Advisor and will be based in the New Plymouth Office. More information including contact details will be provided for Suzanne in our next Bulletin publication.

If you have issues or ideas you would like to discuss with me then please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ngā mihi

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

Wellington regional news

Director’s message

It is great to be back home after a month of annual leave. In my time away I travelled to Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar and Dubai. I was interested to observe schools and listen to local people, talking about their education system in these countries. I was left with an enhanced appreciation for our system.

I’d like to thank Andrea Williams who provided leadership for the region in my absence and Rachael Vink for acting as Learning Support Manager while Andrea was acting in my role.

First Years Preschool Dannevirke

First years Preschool in Dannevirke was part of a Centres of Innovation (COI) programme that ran between 2003 and 2009. The programme was aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education and promoting a deeper exploration of the innovative teaching and learning processes already underway in early learning services.

Since participating in this programme First Years Preschool has been focusing on the wonder of science together. Please see the link below to the Education Gazette to find out more about this early learning story.

Learning the wonder of science – together(external link)

Mātauranga Tuku Iho – understanding an iwi perspective on education

Te Puna Mātauranga, an iwi education support hub for Ngāti Toa Iwi in Porirua, recently sought to collaborate with their 4 contributing Kāhui Ako – Porirua East, Porirua North, Te Puna Mātauranga (Porirua West) and Tawa – in an innovative way that met the collective needs of all the Kāhui Ako and the iwi.

Kahu Ropata from Ngāti Toa points to and explains significant iwi landmarks around Porirua.
Kahu Ropata from Ngāti Toa points to and explains significant iwi landmarks around Porirua.

The design of ‘Mātauranga Tuku Iho’ was developed in response to these Kāhui Ako seeking engagement with their local iwi. It aimed to share the Ngāti Toa perspective on education. This was achieved by enhancing and building on schools’ and teachers’ prior understandings of the iwi’s history, tikanga, values and aspirations for the future to ensure whānau experience success.

Representatives from the contributing Kāhui Ako schools, intermediates, colleges and early learning service providers attended a series of wānanga on 25 March, 8 April, 29 April and 6 May. The wānanga were based around the creation of place-based curriculum. Ngāti Toa worked with the Kāhui Ako on 2 kaupapa – a historical site tour and a mini-marae symposium.

In developing this work Ngāti Toa were interested in how they could support a place-based curriculum that would enhance meaningful connections to the local area. This work also intends to drive collaborative approaches and partnerships that will help to identify ways in which iwi, schools and Kāhui Ako can work together at the conclusion of the wānanga to contribute to Māori achieving and succeeding as Māori. One important outcome for Ngāti Toa was ensuring the approach was focused on teachers developing their knowledge and understanding of mana whenua in their local area.

Shona Humphrey – staff profile

Shona Humphrey

Tēnā koutou
Ko Rimutaka te Maunga
Ko Awakairangi te Awa
Ko McGirr te Iwi
Ko Shona Humphrey ahau

Kia ora

I have been in the Lower Hutt regional office for 8 years as a Senior Education Advisor. I see the role as an opportunity to influence quality learning outcomes for children. I work across early learning services located in the Porirua, Kāpiti and Ōtaki geographical areas and have oversight for all the Pasifika services in the Wellington region. I appreciate the uniqueness we have within the early childhood sector in New Zealand. In my spare time my partner and I love to travel.

Nāku noa nā

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!

Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO)

Thank you to all who responded to our survey on SELO. This was very helpful in confirming it is important to support you with developing culturally responsive pedagogies.

Currently, we are fortunate to have 5 of our local iwi providing cultural responsiveness SELO across our region. We have received very positive feedback with ECE services finding this a valuable opportunity to support their practice.

We also have Tapasā SELO projects that will be facilitated by 3 providers across our region. Tapasā is a cultural competency framework for teachers of Pacific learners. Initial Fono will be available for all ECE services. These will be followed up with the opportunity for a number of ECE services to engage in more in-depth support. Providers have emailed our ECE services regarding this opportunity and we encourage you to register directly with the provider for your area.

SELO provision for 2019-2020 is still being finalised, but based on the SELO survey and ERO reports we are also likely to include leadership, oral language and potentially a transition project! The latter would be great to do in conjunction with an ECE Kāhui Ako. Please contact Gwen Gilmore, Education Advisor (gwen.gilmore@education.govt.nz) if this project would be of interest to your ECE service.

Tapasā workshops

The Teaching Council will also be providing a Tapasā workshop in Nelson on 3 July at the Saxton Oval from 4pm to 7pm. To register for this workshop please go to Tapasā Workshops – Teaching Council website(external link).

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

Canterbury | Chatham Islands

Kia ora

The shortest day is almost here, I hope that you have enjoyed autumn and the many mild days we were blessed with. Forecasters are warning us that winter will not be as fine so do take every opportunity to wrap yourselves and the children up and get outside as often as you can.

Contact details

One of our main priorities remains supporting you, your staff and the children enrolled in your services. We contacted every early childhood (ECE) service by email recently but unfortunately some contact details had changed and some of the emails did not get through. We now have the correct information, but please remember to notify our office if contact details such as phone numbers and email addresses have changed so that we can update our records. This is particularly important when a named service provider contact has left the service and we have not received an EC8. Changes in these details should be sent to: ECE.canterbury@education.govt.nz

Who is Hussain?

On Friday 3 May, Who is Hussain?, a global non-profit organisation, visited the Christchurch office to present staff with an award in appreciation for the work being done to support our communities. Who is Hussain? acknowledged the hard work and thoughtfulness displayed by our schools, early learning services and Ministry in order to make those affected feel supported after the tragic events that took place Friday 15 March. They wrote: “You have shown New Zealand and the whole world your courage and selflessness by giving help to those from whom you had no hope of getting anything back. We deeply feel that if you had not played your vital role in the background to support the victims and Christchurch city, we would not have been able to stand on our feet again as a nation.”

Traumatic incidents

When a traumatic incident impacts on an ECE service’s community, the way it is managed strongly influences people’s recovery and can limit further risk. Services that have experienced traumatic incidents (such as accidental or non-accidental child or staff death or severe injury, or major loss of property) will understand the impact and know how important it is to have good procedures in place to manage the situation.

When a traumatic incident occurs, it can be a time of great confusion and yet it is a time when important decisions must be made fairly quickly as events unfold. The Ministry of Education has a Traumatic Incident Team trained to support ECE organisations to manage incidents. If you need support please call 0800 TI TEAM (0800 848 326). This number will ensure you reach the right person to support you during or after hours. For further information see the link below.

Preparing for and dealing with emergencies and traumatic incidents

Children enrolled in school may not attend an early childhood service

Some early learning services have previously provided care for 5-year-old children over school term breaks. While children may remain enrolled in an early learning service up until they turn 6 years, once they have enrolled in a school they may no longer attend a licensed service. Early learning services can offer out-of-school care, but this can only occur in spaces that are not part of the licensed space or at times that the service does not operate. There are exceptions for the children of persons providing education and care in home-based services. If you have any questions about this please contact us at ece.canterbury@education.govt.nz.

Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme (TCM) and Incredible Years Parent (IYP) – Terms 3 and 4, 2019

These programmes are for teachers and parents of children who are 3 to 8 years old. The programmes help to reduce challenging behaviours in children while increasing their social and self-control skills, as well as guiding teachers and parents to become more reflective and skilled practitioners and parents.

For teachers, there are 7 full-day workshops, with the first 6 being spaced at regular intervals over a 6-month period and the 7th being held approximately 3 months after the 6th workshop. The between workshop time allows teachers to practise TCM strategies. The Ministry of Education provides a $1,000 financial contribution per teacher attending the programme to assist with the cost of relief teachers.

For parents, the programme is 14 weeks long, with parents meeting for 2½ hours one morning or evening a week. It does not run during school holidays. The programme is free for parents to attend and resources are provided on a weekly basis.

Upcoming parenting programmes

Once again Canterbury is offering another selection of programmes – 2 in Timaru, 1 in Ashburton, 1 in Rolleston, 1 in Rangiora, 2 in Aranui and another 3 within the greater Christchurch area (Burnside and other locations to be confirmed).

Rolleston Incredible Parenting Programme – now in the morning

There is an opportunity for parents to attend a morning programme in Rolleston. The community in and around Rolleston has supported past evening programmes very well and now has a chance to further support a morning programme. This has the potential to see Rolleston hosting alternate morning and evening programmes and in this way meet the needs of the wider community.

For more information about the Rolleston programme please contact Marcella Herrera, phone 03 378 7581, mobile 027 265 3952 or email: marcella.herrera@education.govt.nz.

Enrolment information for all Christchurch-based programmes

Enrolments are welcome in both parent and teacher programmes at any time. For general enquiries or enrolment information for either programme please email: incredibleyears.canterbury@education.govt.nz.

Early childhood innovation in Ashburton District Kāhui Ako

Exciting initiatives have been happening in the Hakatere and Opuke Kāhui Ako. In 2018, the Ministry of Education provided professional support for both of these groups to get them up and running as separate groups – the Hakatere group operating in the Ashburton region, and Opuke taking in early learning services that run alongside the Rakaia River (namely the Dorie, Rakaia, Chertsey, Lauriston and Methven areas).

Through this professional support, both the Hakatere and Opuke groups completed their own collaborative inquiry during 2018 linked to one of the wider community of learner achievement challenges. When the professional learning support hours were finished, they wanted the momentum to continue so went looking for community support for the next 2 years.

With applications to the Advance Ashburton Community Foundation and the Mackenzie Charitable Foundation being successful, funding was secured to develop a new combined model of leadership. To support the funding application, a strategic plan was drawn up to ensure measurable outcomes were identified in striving towards achieving their vision and goal: ”For the Hakatere and Opuke Kāhui Ako ECE clusters to work together to strengthen evaluative practice which will impact on teaching practice in relation to transition to school.”

Proposed Structure – Hakatere and Opuke Kāhui Ako Combined Early Childhood Leadership Group

Proposed Structure – Hakatere and Opuke Kāhui Ako Combined Early Childhood Leadership Group.

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The Combined Early Childhood Leadership Group combines the Hakatere and Opuke Kāhui Ako clusters.

This involves a steering group for each  kāhui ako, which feeds into an across school support teacher and into the early childhood cluster within the kāhui ako.

These in turn combine to create the leadership group. The purpose of this is to drive the strategic evaluation collaboration inquiry and build evaluative expertise within the ECE.

Supporting the combined model is an evaluative associate, whose main role is to guide the combined group through a further shared strategic evaluation, as well as build evaluative capability within the group so that by the end of 2020 the group is self-managing. This is consolidating the professional learning provided by the Ministry in 2018.

Members of the combined Hakatere and Opuke Leadership Group pose for photo.
Members of the combined Hakatere and Opuke Leadership Group. Front: Anne Porter, Deputy Principal, Ashburton Borough School and Across School Support Teacher for the Hakatere Kāhui Ako; Liz Depree, Evaluative Associate. Back: Louise Currie, Hannah n Henry ELC; Lisa Copland, Rakaia Little Learners; Vince Brierly, Ashburton Baptist Preschool; Kim Wall, Stepping Stones @ Braebrook ELC; Cat Dickson, Team Leader Over 2’s Methven Preschool.

The new group has developed a Memorandum of Understanding of how they will work together, including a flow chart that shows clear lines of accountability. They are indeed fortunate that the Advance Ashburton Community Foundation and Mackenzie Charitable Foundation are supporting their community in this way.

Well done Ashburton for leading the way in this new initiative, as it makes real the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. And a big thank you to the funding bodies – the Advance Ashburton Community Foundation and Mackenzie Charitable Foundation – your commitment to our early learning community is really appreciated.

Futures Network

The hui that was held on 18 June focused on appropriate sexual behaviour in preschool children and how early childhood services might respond when issues arise. I hope that many of you attended. You can find out more information on the STOP website.

STOP website(external link)

Dates for the final 2 hui for this year have been set for Tuesday 1 October and Tuesday 3 December. If you have any suggestions for a focus for the October hui please contact Viv Shearsby (viv.shearsby@evolutionece.com), Sandy Radford (sandyradfordece@gmail.com) or Barb Madden (barbara.madden@education.govt.nz).

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Staff changes

In April, I welcomed back Bec Radley to the role of Education Advisor. Here is a message from her: “Kia ora koutou, I am very pleased to be back with the Ministry of Education in a permanent position. I learnt a lot during my time in a secondment role and am looking forward to reconnecting with Ministry colleagues and services across the early learning sector. You can contact me on 027 287 9384 or email rebecca.radley@education.govt.nz.”

I am also pleased to advise that Lauren Luketina has won a new role working with Kāhui Ako. As a result, we welcome back Katrina Yearbury who has gained a permanent position as an Education Advisor. Both Katrina and Bec cover the areas led by Education Manager Jill Forgie.

Early learning participation project

In 2016, the Ministry of Education partnered with the Aranui Community Trust (ACTIS) to support early learning participation. We have worked to find solutions to support the community by promoting early learning in Aranui and surrounding areas. This includes identifying key barriers to participation by working with individuals, existing community groups, parents, community leaders and champions who are interested in promoting early learning in Aranui.

ACTIS have worked on raising the early learning profile, developed an information pamphlet showcasing available early learning services, and organised various successful play days which were attended by up to 500 families. ACTIS is also running a regular Mothers and Baby Group that works on championing the benefits of early learning within the community. Currently, the group is working on action plans and have regular activities to which they invite parents with children who are currently not participating in an early learning service. The early learning prior participation rate has continued to increase every year since the start of the project.

Department of Corrections notifications

The Ministry of Education works closely with the Department of Corrections when a child sex offender is released into the community. Notifications ensure the safety of children at schools, early learning services and playgroups. The need to notify a community is determined on a case-by-case basis, with the primary consideration being whether it will enhance public safety and/or assist in the management of an individual’s risk. At all times the Privacy Act 1993 is adhered to.

Key points include:

  • The Department of Corrections make the decision whether to undertake community engagement and notification. The Ministry of Education is not part of this decision-making process.
  • Corrections is responsible for informing schools, early learning services and playgroups. Personal information is not shared with schools, early learning services or the Ministry of Education.
  • The Ministry of Education support Corrections by providing information about relevant schools and early learning services, if necessary.

The work Corrections and the New Zealand Police do alongside the Ministry of Education and early learning services is about community safety. Outside of the notification process, schools and early learning services are encouraged to contact the New Zealand Police and Corrections if they have any questions or concerns.

Please do not hesitate to contact me using the details below if you wish to discuss any ideas or issues. I look forward to hearing from you.

Enjoy this month’s Bulletin.

Mā te wā

Coralanne Child
Director of Education for Canterbury | Chatham Islands
Phone: 03 378 7345
Mobile: 0274 200 251
Email: coralanne.child@education.govt.nz

Otago-Southland regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora koutou and warm greetings.

Winter is officially here – and with it a drop in temperatures and shortening of days making it ‘hats and jackets on’ for outdoor play. I have just read an article about the role of ‘soft skills’ in the early childhood sector, which reminded me that teaching dispositions and their value have been at the heart of early learning long before it was fashionable as it is now throughout the rest of the education system.

I was pleased to attend Hui Tautoko – Positive Behaviour in ECE earlier in the month and was impressed by the level of engagement, passion and commitment shown by participants. I have included a short summary of highlights from the hui below where self-management was a key focus. Also included this month is a summary of professional learning for playgroups in Southland, an overview of our latest Category 4 Education Review Office (ERO) reports, and reminders for playgroups about funding and contacts.

Hui Tautoko – Positive Behaviour in ECE

On 5 June, Hui Tautoko – Positive Behaviour in ECE was held at the Edgar Centre for ECE teachers across Otago. This hui was delivered through Strengthening Education and Learning Opportunities (SELO) funding as a professional development event for early learning services.

Nicola Atwool, Associate Professor in the Social Work programme at the University of Otago, was the opening keynote speaker. Nicola’s presentation outlined the link between brain development, trauma and behaviour, before discussing the implications for managing behaviour in ECE environments.

Dione Healy and Jimmy McLauchlan presented the ENGAGE programme and how it aims to improve children’s skills across a broad range of areas, and Kate McAnelly invited us to re-look at the sensory environments we provide in ECE.

Special guest Jason Te Patu, creator of M3 – Mindfulness for Children, spoke and ran an active afternoon workshop along with a session the following day. This worked off the Māori ‘Hau Ora’ model – Te Whare Tapa Whā supporting and enabling children to cultivate a healthy body, mind and soul, as well as learning a sense of connection to others. Through Taha hinengaro, Taha wairua, Taha tinana and Taha whānau he weaves a sense of calm, strength and belonging. The afternoon provided a choice of workshops that incorporated research and practice.

Hui Tautoko was well attended by the ECE sector and feedback from the day was positive. We are keen to hear what further professional development opportunities would benefit the ECE sector. Feedback from the hui evaluation and the recent request for input into SELO provision helps guide SELO opportunities for the future.

Infant and toddler workshops in Southland playgroups

Wild Baby ECE (Stuart Guyton) has wide experience in the early learning sector. He has a proven track record of working with playgroups to develop improved curriculum planning and delivery, community engagement, identity, language and culture, and resource development.

The Ministry contracted Stu over the last 12 months using SELO funds to mentor and visit individual playgroups and/or small community clusters in Southland to facilitate workshops on a focused area – infants and toddlers.

Stu provided learning opportunities for adult education, whānau participation and engagement which included:

  • Tikanga – Manaakitanga and Whanaungatanga – recognition of unique and distinct cultural knowledge and understanding within each group
  • Curriculum delivery – exploratory play, engagement of adults, tangible experience environments for infants, toddlers and their whānau linked to Te Whāriki
  • Resource development to support the ongoing provision of empowering, holistic and inclusive practice.

Thank you to the Gore Playgroup for sharing their feedback and photos of their children engaged in play and learning.

Two children playing on the floor at Gore Playgroup.
Toby and Elliot are playing together, and the baby is Bonnie with Mum Sarah.
Baby playing by herself on the floor.
Bonnie on her own.

Congratulations on Category 4 ERO reports

It is my pleasure to congratulate services who have been successful in obtaining a Category 4 review from the ERO so far in 2019. A Category 4 review deems the service is very well placed to promote positive outcomes for children. Congratulations to the services below for your great contribution to children and their families:

  • Bear Park - St Clair
  • Halfway Bush Kindergarten
  • Mosgiel Central Kindergarten
  • Newfield Kindergarten
  • Opoho Playcentre
  • Oxford Kindergarten
  • Pioneers Home Central
  • Pioneers Home Northern
  • Pioneers Home Southern
  • Rockdale Park Kindergarten
  • Te Pā – Otago University Childcare Association
  • Winton Kindergarten
  • Wild Things Ltd (Two)
  • Wild Things Ltd (Three)
  • Wild Things (Four)

Playgroup funding and contact details

Thank you to all playgroups that have requested access to the online Education Resourcing System (ERS) and have successfully submitted their PG3 operational funding requests online over the last 6 months. If your playgroup is not yet set up please contact your Education Advisor as soon as possible to ensure that your accounts are activated, so you can submit your request online before the July to December funding round opens on 1 July 2019.

It is important that the Ministry has the most current details for your playgroup. If your playgroup’s funding contact person, email address, postal address or bank account details have changed please notify us. Incorrect details may result in delayed funding and we want to ensure this does not occur.

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: 027 836 484
Email: julie.anderson@education.govt.nz

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