Early Learning Regional News – March 2018

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

Te Tai Tokerau regional news

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Welcome to new services

Welcome to Little Jemz Ltd and Manaaki Childcare Ltd. Little Jemz is a home-based care provider offering services in Whangarei and Maanaki Childcare is an Education and Care centre operating in Kerikeri.

Implementation of new Learning Support service model for Tai Tokerau

One of the key focus areas for our Learning Support team since Term 3, 2017 has been the development and implementation of the Learning Support update for our region.

I would like to acknowledge the many people who have contributed to the development of a model in the Twin Coast and Hokianga areas. We are taking a phased approach to ensure that we are authentic in our engagement, listening to the community, and taking into account the unique challenges in each area.

We are now expanding to the Northern Wairoa and, as with the other 2 areas, we will be talking with parents, whānau, students, the education sector, RTLB and all other agencies to develop a model that works for children and young people.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako update

We now have 12 Kāhui Ako in Tai Tokerau. A total of 106 schools, kura and 90 early learning services are engaged in Kāhui Ako across our region. Eight Leaders have been appointed.

A total of 25,338 children and young people are involved including:

  • 12,741 Māori students
  • 595 Pasifika students
  • 955 in Māori medium.

If you would like to join a Kāhui Ako near you, please talk to your Education Advisor.


Professional development programmes are progressing well within the various Kāhui Ako regions. Contact Irene Iwikau at irene.iwikau@education.govt.nz if you have any specific professional development needs that we could be working with you on.

Celebrating Northland’s Tamariki Early Childhood Conference – Saturday 6 October 2018

This is a great professional learning and development opportunity. For more information please visit the Celebrating Northland’s Tamariki website(external link).

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

Auckland regional news

Director’s message

Tenā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei, kia orana, fakalofa lahi atu and warm Pasifika greetings.

I continued my visits to several schools over the past week and enjoyed meeting staff and students from early learning services and primary schools. It was wonderful to share their successes in achievement and best practice. It was also important to hear about their challenges and the ways in which the Ministry can continue to offer support to leadership in schools around Kāhui Ako development, resourcing and curriculum.

Our staff were at Polyfest week promoting our messages ‘know our potential!’ and our hashtags #identitylanguageculture and #lifegoals

Earlier this month was Polyfest week, where almost all of our Auckland secondary schools participate in a fantastic week of sharing and celebrating our diverse Polynesian culture. Many children from our primary schools and early learning services also attended, to be inspired and amazed by the achievements of their tuakana.

Our staff were also there, promoting our messages about ‘know our potential!’ and our hashtags #identitylanguageculture and #lifegoals. We are fortunate to have staff who know how to get the attention of our rangatahi on social media!

You may be aware that in 2017 the Ministry implemented a new Purpose Statement:

We shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes
He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

The word ‘shape’ encompasses the creating, designing, managing, regulating, fostering and leading the system roles that the Ministry plays to achieve a world-class education system. ‘Equitable and excellent outcomes’ describes an education system that consistently enables every child, young person and adult learner to achieve their best potential.

This Purpose Statement will feed into our priorities and work programmes across the Auckland region. 2018 is already shaping up to a very busy and exciting year and it will be important for us all to work together – balancing the day-to-day operational work while keeping an eye on the longer-term strategic plans.

Ngā mihi nui.

Children’s Day events

A huge thank to everyone who shared their Children’s Day stories with us. A selection of these are featured below.

Waiuku Toy Library, Children's Day on Wheels

 Waiuku Toy Library, Children's Day on Wheels

The Waiuku Children's Day on Wheels event was once again an action-packed day. Children of all ages enjoyed whizzing around the race track and testing their riding skills on a balance course. There was face painting, bouncy castles and a chance to relax with a story from a lovely librarian from Waiuku Toy Library. DJ Skin and Bone provided lots of wheels-related tunes and some great race commentary! A highlight of the day was the parent’s race where the prize wasn't for being the fastest but the funniest parent on wheels. The Waiuku Toy Library can't wait to host the event next year.

Harvest Christian Church Family Carnival, Papakura

Harvest Christian Church Family Carnival, Papakura

Our free Harvest Family Carnival held on Children’s Day was a huge success. Many from the community in Papakura came along, packing out the front and back carparks, the auditorium and the hall. Queues lined up throughout the afternoon for the very popular ferris wheel, merry-go-round, bouncy castles and pony rides. A parent’s café outside enabled parents to relax with drinks and delicious treats. The free sausage sizzle and water bottles were appreciated too, as it was a warm afternoon. There were great performances by Junior Band, Reuben, Pamela and our Youth Band to entertain the crowd.

Meanwhile in the auditorium there were games such as throwing darts at balloons, noughts and crosses, ‘find the treasure’, a craft table for children and much more. There was also an area for play and ‘music and movement’ sessions were run for early learners. In the hall was face painting, electronic games and more. We received great feedback from people in the community who attended.

Thank you to the huge team of volunteers from Harvest Christian Church in Papakura who served in many areas to run this big, successful community event.

Children’s Team update

Manurewa, Clendon and Papakura – we are really pleased with the results so far for the Children’s Team approach operating in this area. The team have seen 625 children since the team was set up, and 270 members of the wider children’s workforce have been trained to work within the Children’s Team model.

The main benefits of the Children’s Team approach is that each child has one coordinated plan and a single access point. Access to information has significantly improved, and the ease with which the children’s workforce can access specific expertise and high quality advice has supported good outcomes for children and their whānau.

Expansion of Children’s Team approach in Franklin – this area has been identified as the next area for roll out of the Counties Manukau DHB Children’s Team approach. The team is expected to be up and running in June, and to prepare for this roll out there has been engagement and consultation with mana whenua, local marae and hapu, and support by Tainui kaumatua. Consultation has also taken place with local management groups and networks in the social sector. The Children’s Team Director, Education Manager and Learning Support Managers attended the Franklin Principals’ Association meeting last week to provide a progress update of the roll out and to seek sector representation on the working groups to co-design a community-led operational model for the Franklin area.

Early learning participation and engagement

The latest participation data has recently been released and these show that the total participation rate for Auckland is now 96.2%, which compares with 96.8% nationally.

Since September 2012 participation for Māori has increased by 6.1 percent to 93.7%, and for Pasifika by 6.3 percent to 91.2%. This is a tremendous gain and reflects your ongoing efforts to support the education of our youngest tamariki and their whānau.

We will continue to support communities to put together local initiatives, innovation and actions that stimulate demand for early learning and increase participation.

Our Engaging Priority Families (EPF) initiative is one way we support participation. This initiative seeks to provide intensive early learning support to families and whānau of 3 and 4 year olds in targeted communities who are unlikely to participate in early learning without additional support. EPF providers work alongside families and whānau to support their child’s regular attendance in a quality early learning service that is responsive to their needs, strengthens their involvement with their child’s learning at home, and supports their child’s transition to school/kura.

Auckland has 6 providers:

Ako Pai Ltd Henderson, Massey


Mangere, Otahuhu, Manurewa, Otara and Papatoetoe and Puketapapa
Kids Count Ltd Papakura

Teuila Consultancy

Mangere, Otahuhu, Manurewa, Maungakiekie, Tamaki and Whau

Turuki Health Care

Mangere, Otahuhu, Otara and Papatoetoe
Te Whanau o
Waipareira Trust
Henderson, Massey and Whau

For more information about this programme of work please contact Ngawai Beazley at ngawai.beazley@education.govt.nz or 09 632 9579.

Kāhui Ako kōrero

On 5 February the South Eastern Faith Kāhui Ako ran its first all-staff professional learning day. The event was hosted by Sancta Maria College and included approximately 420 staff who teach students from Year 1 and Year 13.

The aim of the day was to ignite attention and interest in the Kāhui Ako, as well as ensuring that all staff took part in the development of the group’s achievement challenge. During the day the teachers within the Kāhui Ako engaged in team-building tasks, as well as listening to keynote speaker Dr Howard Youngs (AUT) on change management and collaboration. Ministry staff along with expert partners also attended as guest speakers to present on the Kāhui Ako framework and enable the staff to unpack what has taken place leading up to this point.

We acknowledge Sancta Maria College for hosting the event, supporting the group to adhere to Māori tikanga and protocols, and ensuring due respect was shown to the local tangata whenua and their role in the Kāhui Ako.

South Eastern Faith Kāhui Ako ran its first all-staff professional learning day hosted by Sancta Maria College

South Eastern Faith Kāhui Ako ran its first all-staff professional learning day hosted by Sancta Maria College

Margaret M. Blackwell Travel Fellowship 2018

This Fellowship is for people working in early learning and it is awarded annually. It is intended to enable the recipient to study overseas. Find out more on the NZCER website(external link).

Applications for the 2018 Fellowship close at noon on Tuesday 3 April.

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.

Government announces education work programme

The Minister of Education has announced details of the Government’s education portfolio work programme for the next 3 years which includes:

  • A review of Tomorrow’s Schools
  • Developing a future-focused education workforce strategy
  • A continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners
  • An action plan for learning support
  • An early learning strategic plan
  • A comprehensive review of school property.

It will also include a programme of change for vocational education, a full reform of the Performance Based Research Fund, and more support for the research aspirations of our tertiary sector. Full details can be found on our website.(external link)

TechWeek Waikato

TechWeek is an annual nationwide festival aimed at local and international investors, businesses, technology leaders and enthusiasts that celebrates New Zealand's innovation ecosystem. You can found out more about TechWeek on their website(external link).

As part of TechWeek Waikato (19-27 May), the organisers are launching an Innovation Challenge leading up to TechWeek, focused on technology ‘innovation that is good for the world’ for school-aged participants and children at early childhood centres across the region.

With strong links to existing technology, science, mathematics and the new digital curriculum, the Innovative Challenge will be run through the existing mix of after-school programmes, in-school/session lessons and other independent initiatives.

Participants can focus on anything relevant to the theme and work with any technology. They will be asked to select teams to represent at an event during the Waikato TechWeek festival where prizes and other incentives will be presented within a number of categories aligned to the theme ‘Innovation that is good for the world’.

Participation is open to early learning services me ngā kōhanga reo, schools, kura and home schoolers from the Waikato region, with no admission fee.

The Challenge aims to:

  • Support the development of STEM and other relevant skills
  • Inspire school students to innovate with technology
  • Provide an opportunity to learn
  • Encourage participants to work on a solution to a problem they are interested in.

Update on the Waikato Early Learning Team

Mere Lawson Nuri, Manager Education

Education Advisors:





We said goodbye to Phillippa Clarkson who some of you would have met through the different licensing work. We would like to thank Phillippa for the contribution she made to our team and wish her the best for her new venture.

Nau mai haere mai – welcome

Linda Baxendine will be working with the Certification and Licensing Teams

This month we welcome Linda Baxendine. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in the sector and has worked in a variety of leadership roles with Waikato Kindergarten Association. Linda will be working with the Certification and Licensing Teams. We are very excited to have her in our team.

Investing in Education Success: Kāhui Ako

The engagement of early childhood education (ECE) within Kāhui Ako continues to grow. Several early learning services (services) are requesting to join and are being welcomed. To date there are 29 services officially joined to a Kāhui Ako in the Waikato region. There are more services investigating joining and seeking the support of their communities. If you would like to learn more about this you can go to our website(external link) or get in touch with us through our team.

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

Kia ora and talofa lava

Category 4 ERO reviews

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate ngā kōhanga reo that have focused on providing high quality outcomes for Māori tamariki. Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Whare Aroha O Te Hūmārie, Te Kōhanga Reo ki Pukeroa Ōruawhata, Te Kōhanga reo o Rongopai, Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa and Te Kōhanga Reo o Matawera all received category 4 ERO reviews over the past couple of years and Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano joined them this year. Well done to you all.

Learning Support

Development of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako is very strong in our region with 14 endorsed Kāhui Ako. Early learning has a critical role to play in these communities. We encourage you to join a Kāhui Ako so you can share in the creation of a seamless transition for children during their life in education. The Learning Support trials promote a new way of reaching more children in their early years and promotes a collaborative framework that can only benefit all tamariki.

Learning Support is a service the Ministry of Education provides to ensure positive outcomes for all children with a focus on those with additional needs. We know that young children learn and grow in the context of their everyday lives. The positive relationships children develop with adults create a natural environment for the best outcomes for children. Learning Support works together with early learning services to increase children’s learning potential.

Early intervention services at the Ministry of Education include a range of specialist support such as, but not limited to, early intervention teachers, psychologists, speech and language therapists, kaitakawaenga and advisors of deaf children.

The Kāhui Ako way of working in the Learning Support trials is more flexible, child-focused, accessible and coordinated. Within this model there are currently 3 new Learning Support initiatives for early learning:

  • Expanding Behaviour Services – Learning Support is employing more behaviour specialists to be able to increase the number of children receiving services, with a shift in focus to the 0-8 year age group. The practice framework for behaviour is also being updated to better reflect the needs of this group. Learning Support will be collaborating with other agencies to provide a range of services that include preventative programmes for very young children. There is also a focus on raising adult capability for better long-term outcomes.
  • Incredible Years Autism programmes – the Incredible Years parent and teacher programmes are being provided at certain sites to reflect the needs of young children within the autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). This programme provides teachers and adults with strategies specific to supporting children with ASD. The delivery of these programmes is in collaboration with us and other agencies.
  • ABC HANEN – is an evidenced-based language programme being implemented by a speech and language therapist across a number of centres over a set period of time. The desired outcome from this initiative is to grow teacher capability and reach more children.

All 3 initiatives have high evaluation components with pre- and post-assessment and longitudinal follow up. This evaluation process will also be an opportunity to adjust intervention as part of our continuous improvement process.

If your centre would like further information about this service please contact kathryn.bilbe@education.govt.nz.

Celebrating Children’s Day

Tamariki and whānau celebrated Children’s Day together in the Redwoods. There were many providers that supported tamariki to get out and about and enjoy themselves. Everyone had an opportunity to hear te reo stories, weave ‘ika’ with flax, explore the arts and have lots of fun surrounded by papatuanuku. The Redwoods surely do know how to inspire tamariki with their creative thinking and learning. Education, Learning Support and local community services were readily available to offer support to whānau and resources. What a great day to celebrate tamariki at the forefront and remember the responsibilities we all have towards providing them with as many creative learning opportunities as possible.

If you have questions about anything in this Bulletin, please do not hesitate to talk with Gina, Aroha, Vicky, Michelle or Nicole in the first instance or contact me directly at the email address below.

Ia Manuia

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

Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti regional news

Director’s message

Tēnā koutou

You will be aware that Minister Hipkins has announced the details of the Government’s education work programme for the next 3 years. A very exciting piece of work which includes a strategic plan of early childhood education (ECE), a review of tomorrow’s schools, developing a future-focused education workforce strategy, a reform of school property, raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners and an action plan for learning support. You can find further details and the Cabinet paper detailing the education portfolio work programme at education.govt.nz.


In 2017, you asked us for more network meetings and professional development opportunities. We responded by arranging Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) funded:

  • Sector network hui in Hawke’s Bay with additional sessions for home-based and sole service providers
  • Sector network hui in Wairoa and Gisborne
  • To support children and their families under the Vulnerable Children’s Act we held:
    • NZ Police child protection sessions with Detective Sergeant Mark Moorhouse (held in central Hawke’s Bay, Napier, Wairoa and Gisborne, 236 people attended)
    • Family violence intervention programme in partnership with Hastings Women’s Refuge (held in Hastings, Napier, Wairoa and Gisborne, 123 sector people attended).

Demand for NZ Police child protection hui has been fantastic and some sessions were full. One further session will be hosted in Havelock North on Wednesday 2 May at 7pm–8.30pm, venue to be confirmed. Look out for an email from Irene McAllister – registrations required.

Demand for family violence training has also been high and we hope to run more training during Terms 3 and 4. A participant from the training wrote: "Great presenters with experience. Covered everything I needed to know. I feel more confident in dealing with the issue of family violence where I work and in my life. No judgements".

Agencies have fed back that there has been an increase in referrals since these sessions have been held. Well done, as this work helps support our children and their families.

Coming up

We have a second round of sector network hui with a focus on transition to schools scheduled for:

  • Napier ECE Sector, Tuesday 15 May (evening)
  • Napier home-based, Tuesday 1 May (afternoon)
  • Napier sole providers, Tuesday 29 May (evening)
  • Wairoa ECE Sector, date to be confirmed
  • Gisborne ECE Sector, date to be confirmed.

The school sector are welcome to attend these transition hui. Registration information will be emailed soon by Irene McAllister, Step Up Ltd.

A heads up for your calendar. ‘Living Out Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Early Learning’, a full day session with Bronwen Olds, is being held at the Napier Ministry of Education on Saturday 28 April 2018. Information to be emailed soon from Irene McAllister – registrations required.

Thank you to all our SELO providers, facilitators, partners, agencies and kaiako for your highly valued contribution. “He waka eke noa – We’re all in this together”.

Emergency planning

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management have recently re-designed an interactive one-page emergency plan template [PDF; 610KB](external link) for early learning services and schools. This template will help services and schools to communicate their emergency plan to students, whānau and their community. The form can be personalised to suit your service.

If you are not in a tsunami zone, we recommend replacing that image to minimise any confusion. Services and schools not in tsunami or flood zones are unlikely to need to evacuate off-site, but a school field or a nearby destination may be a good idea to include in the plan. Services and schools located in flood or tsunami zones should have (and practice) off-site evacuation plans.

To find out about hazards in Hawke’s Bay (including tsunami evacuation and flood zones) visit HB hazards(external link), or contact Civil Defence at enquiries@hbemergency.govt.nz or on 06 835 9200.

For support with emergency management planning, visit the Ministry of Education website or contact your local Ministry of Education advisor. A reminder that a separate emergency plan should be developed for Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) activities.

Remember to quake safe your learning spaces. In an earthquake, teachers and staff, as well as children, should DROP COVER HOLD – PĀKAKE HĪPOKI PUPURI. If you are in a tsunami zone and an earthquake is LONG OR STRONG – GET GONE. Whānau need to know where to collect children from and should be told not to enter a tsunami zone until the official all clear is given.

Well Child Interagency Network Group

The latest quarterly Well Child Interagency Network Group newsletter has been published and can be read here [PDF, 731 KB].

Get to know us

Helen Keats, Education Advisor (ECE)

Helen Keats – staff profile

What’s your role at the Ministry of Education?

I am an Education Advisor (ECE) and will be working mainly with ECE services in Hastings, Havelock North and Central Hawke’s Bay.

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

I first worked for the Ministry from 2007 to 2010 as an Early Childhood Development Officer at the Ministry’s Lower Hutt office. After being lured away to work as a senior teacher for a kindergarten association I returned to the Lower Hutt office of the Ministry in 2016 as an Education Advisor (ECE). Although Paul and I have been living away from Hawke’s Bay for a significant amount of time we have always thought of it as home. Being appointed to this position has enabled me to make the move back to the area and I hope Paul will be able to move back soon as well.

What do you most enjoy about working here?

I love the variety and complexity of the work we do. I feel privileged to be part of a dedicated team and look forward to working with early childhood services in our region.

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

We have a little block of land near Haumoana and have been gradually restoring the wet areas of the property with native trees and plants. Paul has had a lifelong interest in motorbikes and I am never happier than when tagging along as pillion on his BMW.

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

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.

It’s been a busy month. Thank you to all those services that managed everything through the recent weather event. I appreciated your responsiveness to our key messages to ensure that children, families and staff were kept safe during this time.

Top tips

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

This month we are highlighting your responsibilities regarding child protection policies and practices that meet the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. The key links you require are:

Oral Language and Literacy Initiative (OLLi)

There is growing awareness of the importance of strong oral language skills for children’s wellbeing, educational progress and achievement, and for their lifelong success with learning.

OLLi aims to enhance the knowledge, practices and confidence kaiako need to successfully support children’s oral language and literacy development, underpinned by each early learning service’s curriculum. There is a particular focus on 3-and-a-half year old children.

Implementation of the initiative will include providing 3 levels of support from Ministry of Education speech language therapists.

While this initiative is beginning with teacher-led English medium early learning services, we will work with Māori and Pasifika immersion services me ngā kohanga reo to establish how best to support children’s oral language and literacy development through strengthening kaiako practice. Services in Palmerston North have been contacted to participate in this initiative and other parts of the region will be brought in over time.

For more information please contact Sally Hogg at sally.hogg@education.govt.nz.

Ngāti Rangi Deed of Settlement

On Saturday 10 March I attended the signing of the Ngāti Rangi Deed of Settlement(external link) at Raketapauma Marae northwest of Waiouru. The day signalled a new era and was full of celebration for Ngāti Rangi and the Crown. Many agencies and other iwi were present for the event. As a representative for education I had the great honour of signing the relationship agreement on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

Our work with Ngāti Rangi within the rohe continues. It is as important now as it was before. I look forward to maintaining a strong and meaningful relationship with Ngāti Rangi and wish them all the best. This is indeed another great day for iwi and the Crown.

Do feel free to contact me on my cellphone or email 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
Mobile: 021 229 7685
Email: jann.marshall@education.govt.nz

Wellington regional news – no update

Nelson Marlborough West Coast regional news

Passing of Kaumatua Hohepa Paul

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Ngā mihi ki to tātou kaumātua a Hohepa Paul (Uncle Joe) Te Arawa Ngati Rangiwewehi. Uncle Joe and his wife Priscilla have made a considerable contribution to education in Nelson and across Te Tau Ihu o te waka a Maui for many years. Lifetime members of Te Matatini Kapahaka Māori Council, their contribution to kapahaka and the establishment of ‘Kia Ngawari’ is known throughout Aotearoa and the world. Uncle Joe is loved by his community and all who knew him. Mihi aroha ki te Whānau Paul. E te Koroua haere ki te okiokinga I te wāhi o maumahara, haere, haere, haere atū rā!

Emergency closures

Our region’s second weather event in as many weeks resulted in the temporary closure of many of our early childhood education (ECE) services and ngā kōhanga reo. Thank you for keeping us informed over this time about your intention to close or remain open. The Ministry does not make a decision about closure – each centre or service is responsible for this decision. You know your community, environment and context much better than we do. In the case of severe weather events we recommend seeking advice from your local civil defence(external link) to help inform your decision.

If your service has made the decision to close due to an emergency and you would like to apply for funding, please email your Education Advisor with the period you closed and your reason for closure. For information regarding emergency closure funding, please refer to Chapter 7 of the ECE Funding Handbook(external link).

Education Advisor ECE

In our last issue we introduced the ECE Team including our newest member, Gwen Gilmore. She has now started in her position as Education Advisor and will be working predominantly with Nelson, Tasman and some West Coast licensed ECE services and ngā kōhanga reo. Her contact details are:

Gwen Gilmore
Education Advisor (based in the Nelson office)
Email: gwen.gilmore@education.govt.nz
Phone: 03 539 1532
Mobile: 027 248 0208


The Ministry of Education is seeking proposals from organisations and/or individuals interested in being a supplier on the Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) Professional Development (PD) Services Panel (the panel). The panel will deliver PD support to teachers, kaiako and educators in the ECE sector from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020.

The Ministry is looking for organisations and/or individuals with range of skills and knowledge to deliver:

  • SELO 1: ensures the ECE licensing criteria and regulations are being met and to improve the ERO rating of the early learning service
  • SELO 2: support early learning services to improve responsiveness to the identity, language, culture and community of the families
  • SELO 3: strengthening teaching practices in curriculum areas such as infants and toddlers, early mathematics, early literacy and digital technology. Other areas include supporting active participation in Kāhui Ako and developing leadership.

You must first register on GETS(external link) to access all tender documentation. The reference number is 19476921 and proposals close on Wednesday 4 April at 3pm.

Government’s education work programme

You are likely to have seen the Minister of Education’s recent announcement about the Government’s education portfolio work programme, which sets out its education priorities for the next 3 years. A key opportunity to help shape and refine the Government’s vision for education will be the education summit, which is likely to take place in May, as well a series of regional hui.

More information and the Cabinet paper detailing the education portfolio work programme is available on our website.

Kāhui Ako update

The Kaikōura Kāhui Ako teacher-only day was held during February. All Kaikōura schools and ECE services and ngā kōhanga reo came together to focus on strengthening relationships and collaboration across the Community of Learning to improve achievement and well-being for all Kaikōura children and young people. Overall it was an excellent day of collaboration of expertise and perfect way to deepen relationships across the Kaikōura community.

The Waimea Community of Learning was launched to all staff in February at a hugely successful teacher-only day. The attendees consisted of all teachers from the schools and colleges in the Kāhui Ako (and also included a significant number of early childhood practitioners), indicating the strength of commitment to the community. Inspirational speakers, Nathan Mikaere-Wallis and Marcus Akuhata-Brown, led 2 keynote speeches that emphasised the importance of relationships and cultural locatedness across and within schools. Teachers led workshop sessions on the achievement challenges of the Community of Learning and what this can mean for learners and teachers in ECE settings, schools and colleges.

Kind regards

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

Canterbury regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora

You will be aware that the Government is planning a range of changes to education policy and practice over this year and next year. As well as receiving information through our monthly Bulletin, or directly from our regional team, you can also keep up to date with the changes in education on our website. This website link will provide you with current information easily and quickly.

We have previously published the following 4 notices and include these again as a reminder of some of our procedures.

Emergency closures

The Ministry of Education funds early childhood services when they are forced to close in emergency situations. This provision has been helpful for many services impacted by earthquakes and severe weather. Information about this is available in the Funding Handbook. If you are forced to close in an emergency please email us at ece.canterbury@education.govt.nz.

At times, the emergency may be short term and services are expected to manage these rather than close. Examples of short-term emergencies may be when the power or water is off but you know that it will be back on in a very short time. In many of these situations it is possible for the service to continue to operate by putting some short-term measures in place. If you have an emergency situation and wish to discuss whether your service can continue to operate please contact your Education Advisor in our office.


If you are considering making any alterations to your early childhood service which will result in a change to the building structure, layout or use of the premises (including outdoors), we suggest you contact our office for advice and support as early as possible.
Please note: contacting this office is compulsory for those services with a property occupancy document.

We will discuss your plans, the impact (if any) on the operation of the service, proposed timeframes, and whether you will need to submit an EC8-08 application to amend an early childhood service’s details, when the work is completed. If you do need to submit an EC8-08, you will need to include relevant documentation which may be some or all of the following:

  • Operative evacuation scheme for public safety, approved by the NZ Fire Service
  • Evidence that any building work undertaken complies with the Building Act 2004 (code compliance certificate)
  • Evidence that the premises comply with the Resource Management Act 1991 in respect of their use as a centre (resource consent)
  • Health report
  • A floor plan of the building showing metric measurements and uses of each area
  • A site plan of the entire premises showing metric measurements and use of each area
  • Certified copies of early childhood qualifications of all persons responsible and those teachers included in the qualified teacher requirements, if applicable
  • A supervision plan which clearly indicates how staff will be deployed in/out of doors so that children are supervised at all times, and for all-day services that adult:child ratios are maintained over staff lunch breaks.

We will let you know what documentation will be required when you contact us.

On receipt of your application the Ministry of Education licensing team may also schedule a visit to complete the process.

Traumatic incidents

When a traumatic incident impacts on an early learning service 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, allegations of abuse against a staff member, or major loss of property – will understand the impact and know how important it is to have good procedures in place.

When a traumatic incident occurs, it is often a time of great confusion, but it is also 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 early learning services to manage incidents. If you need support, please call 0800 TI TEAM (0800 848 326). This will ensure you reach the right person to support you during or after hours. For further information please check the Ministry's website.

Timeframes for probationary licences

If you are interested in setting up a new early learning service please contact the Ministry of Education and we will send you a licensing pack. The pack contains information about the licensing process, including setting a date for the licensing inspection. The inspection process is summarised below.

Before a date can be set for Ministry of Education staff to undertake a probationary licensing inspection a complete application is required to be submitted to the Ministry. A complete application means all required documentation as listed on the EC/1 application form and includes:

  • The resource consent
  • The code compliance certificate and compliance schedule (if required)
  • Fire service approval for your evacuation scheme
  • The health report.

A date for the visit will then be arranged with you.

Your complete application should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of your preferred licensing visit date. The full process may take up to 30 working days following the Ministry receiving a complete application. If everything is complete at the licensing visit it will take approximately a week from the visit date to issue the licence.

Please do not make any commitments to prospective users of the service as to its first day of operation. It is a requirement that a licence is issued and displayed at the centre from the first day of operation. If there is any delay, the service will not be able to operate until the licence is received.

If you have any questions about this please contact either Marilyn Hawkins (marilyn.hawkins@education.govt.nz) or Vanessa Goodwin (vanessa.goodwin@education.govt.nz) in the Ministry’s Christchurch office.

Teachers honoured with awards

In December, I reported on the 6 Canterbury regional recipients for this award. This month I am pleased to report that 2 of these people received honours at the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) at an official ceremony hosted by the Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education in Wellington last month.

Selected from more than 200 nominations, Glenys Parry from Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru and Helen Peters from Kidsfirst Kindergarten in Beckenham in Christchurch were honoured for their inspiring and innovative contributions to teaching.

It is wonderful to see Glenys and Helen recognised for their contribution to education. Congratulations to you both.

Our central reception area – showcasing our early childhood services and schools

As many of you who have visited our office will be aware, TV screens in our reception area run videos showcasing some schools’ accomplishments. We would like to include work from our early childhood services for our visitors to watch and invite you to send us digital copies of your service participating in any activities including cultural, sporting, musical or other events that we could play in reception.

A reminder also that when you are in the city our building offers a great opportunity to work from our office on Level 1. The space has a variety of work spaces, tea, coffee, toilets and wifi. There is no need to confirm with us – just feel free to visit.

Team Red

Our Christchurch office have been supporting the NZ Blood Service for some time now. We have joined Team Red, a new initiative encouraging staff from businesses and organisations to donate blood. It has also been an incredible opportunity for us to get together with our workmates to donate blood to those in need. Find out more about Team Red on their website(external link).

Christchurch City Council – Civil Defence Centres

The Christchurch City Council is replacing the sector posts located in state primary schools with Civil Defence Centres (formerly known as welfare centres) and have identified 20 sites for these around Christchurch. In an emergency they will be opened based on the size, scale and location of the emergency event.

The Council hope this will provide a better reactionary service to communities and allow schools to return to operation much more quickly after an event than has happened in the past. The Council have already begun removing signs from around schools.

Please review your emergency evacuation procedures and update them if they refer to evacuating to a civil defence post at a Christchurch state primary school.

Futures Network – 2018

Please note that all meetings of this network will be held in the Ministry of Education Conference Room (Ground Floor), Te Ureti, 48 Hereford Street, cnr Hereford Street and Cambridge Terrace. Dates for the second half of 2018 are:

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

The closest public parking is the West End parking building – entry via Cashel St. There are also Council-owned public parking buildings in Lichfield Street and at the Art Gallery.

Next meeting:

Tuesday 19 June 2018, 9.30–11.30am


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


Ground Floor Conference Room
Te Ureti, 48 Hereford Street, Christchurch (cnr Hereford Street and Cambridge Terrace)

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

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

Enjoy this month’s Bulletin.

Mā te wā

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

Otago – Southland regional news

Kia ora koutou and warm Pasifika greetings.

Congratulations to graduates

Congratulations to our most recent graduates from the Bachelor of Teaching programme at Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand. Graduates from throughout Otago and Southland celebrated their success on Saturday 10 March at the King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre in Dunedin. All the graduates from the Bachelor of Teaching were working or volunteering in an early learning service throughout the 3-year course of study, which is a blended delivery of online and face-to-face block courses. 

Since the last Bulletin, the Minister has announced his education portfolio work programme which I have summarised below, as well as updates from some of our collaborative work programmes. This reinforces some of the ideas shared by visiting Fulbright Scholar, Professor Alan J. Daly, reported in Education Central(external link). He notes that New Zealand’s strength is in our connectivity and high quality relationships, and that high level trusting and caring relationships support the type of collaboration that is necessary to solve complex problems.

Education portfolio work programme

The Minister has announced his 3-year work programme that outlines how the Government will realise its vision for the education system. This includes refining, articulating and getting shared ownership of a vision for the education system, reviewing some key aspects of the system, and refreshing the strategies for the education portfolio. 

This year education summits in Auckland and Christchurch during May will initiate strategic conversations about the value of education and the future challenges and opportunities in the education system – to enable shared ownership of the vision articulated and to progress individual work streams.

Included in the key focus areas for 2018 is work towards the development of an early learning strategic plan, building from the previous Nga Huarahi Arataki – Pathways to the Future that was commenced in 2002. The Minister intends to form a strategic planning reference group, reporting its terms of reference to Cabinet in March, with an expected report to Cabinet in December. Also noted in the work programme is a review of home-based early childhood education (ECE), with proposed terms of reference planned to be reported to Cabinet this month and a report issued in December. The Minister has signalled that this work will likely include investigating the introduction of minimum qualification levels for all home-based educators.

There is a broad engagement process proposed and I will keep you updated of opportunities to participate once further details are available. I also encourage you to read the released Cabinet paper, which sets out the broad purpose, objectives and overview of the work programme.

Refugee resettlement – Invercargill

On 14 February I attended the refugee resettlement education hui in Invercargill. There was a strong turnout from different agencies, including Red Cross, Plunket, schools, ECE centres, the local Columbian community, Dunedin principals and multi-ethnic Council members who were all keen to support the resettlement of Columbian refugees in Invercargill. 

The importance of understanding the background and lives of the young people who will come into our schools and ECE services and ngā kōhanga reo is vital to their feeling of comfort and ability to settle in a new environment. We heard about the nature of the drug and guerrilla warfare issues that have plagued Columbia for more than 50 years and about the culture of the Columbian people. One story that was shared and affected all in attendance was that of Daniel Gamboa Salazar, a former refugee and President of the NZ National Refugee Youth Council, which you can also view on YouTube(external link).

The first official intake arrived on Friday 2 March, and we look forward to supporting the resettlement process and seeing the richness that this further diversity will add to the community. We are available to provide support and guidance if your service does enrol former refugee children. Please contact your Education Advisor in the first instance.

Incredible Years autism parent and teacher programmes

We were lucky to have 2 of our Invercargill-based Learning Support staff attend the Incredible Years autism parent and teacher group leader training in Auckland last month. The training was run by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, clinical psychologist and founder of the Incredible Years programmes.

The Incredible Years autism programmes are part of a series of interlocking, evidence-based programmes for parents, children and teachers supported by over 30 years of research. Incredible Years autism is a 14-16 session programme for parents, and Incredible Years helping children with autism is a separate 6-session programme for teachers of children aged 2-5 with autism. Together, they aim to promote children’s emotional regulation, positive social interactions and language development.

We know that children with autism are more likely than their peers to have behaviour issues and their parents are more likely to experience high levels of stress. We also understand that it is the key adults in a child’s life who have the biggest impact and can make the greatest change, so these programmes deliver support to teachers and parents to create the best learning environment for children with autism.

Incredible Years autism programmes will be offered in Invercargill in 2018. You can read more about these programmes on our website(external link).

Staffing update

Last year Lorraine Cooper joined our team for a short period to cover staff absences. I am pleased to let you know that she has agreed to join us again for 3 days a week until the end of June 2018. Lorraine will be working as an Education Advisor in our Early Childhood Team based in Dunedin, but will be supporting ECE services and ngā kōhanga reo across the region.

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

Ngā mihi mahana

Julie Anderson
Director of Education Otago – Southland
Email: julie.anderson@education.govt.nz
Phone: 03 471 5217
Mobile: 027 836 4846

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