Early Learning Regional News – November 2019

Regional News / General News / Other News updates for November 2019 from the Directors of Education for each Ministry of Education region.

Tai Tokerau regional news

Kia ora koutou katoa

Rawene Playcentre, Far North

Six children watering a mandarin tree.

Rawene Playcentre was closed in 2017 after the building they were in was deemed unsafe. While this was a blow to the 14 children and their families that were enrolled at the time, those families, Playcentre Aotearoa and the Ministry’s Whangarei office ECE team worked together to get the Playcentre up and running again.

With the help of a TAP grant from the Ministry, funding from Playcentre Aotearoa, and lots of hands on hard work from the Rawene Playcentre families, the refurbished building on the Rawene school site was reopened on the 23rd October.

Group of people standing at the entrance to the playcentre.

Two woman and child cutting a cake.

A great celebration was held for the reopening with blessings from a local kaumatua, 3 generations of Rawene Playcentre families cutting the cake and some of those original families first in line to re-enrol. The children made the most of the beautiful day to plant a mandarin tree as a celebration of new beginnings.

The playcentre is again a great early learning asset for this Hokianga community.

Category 4 – Very Well Placed ERO reports.

Congratulations to the following services:

  • Manaia Kindergarten
  • Bream Bay Kindergarten
  • Ruawai Kindergarten
  • Kerikeri Kindergarten

These four Northland Kindergarten Association kindergartens are providing quality learning environments for tamariki and whanau attending their services. Congratulations for your commitment to ECE.

Te Manawa Tahi

We are in the final stages of meeting with communities in the mid north area to finalise the implementation of the new Tai Tokerau Learning Support Delivery model - Te Manawa Tahi. This has been a 2 year journey of engagement and co-design with communities across the region which has created an opportunity for whanau to have their say about how we can provide a faster, more effective and accessible service to support children and young people.

Te Manawa Tahi has started in Peowhairangi with community hubs already held in Moerewa, Maromaku and a further hub scheduled for Thursday 31st October in Kawakawa.

By the end of this year, Te Manawa Tahi will be fully implemented across the whole region.

A huge thank you to school Principals, early childhood and ngā kohanga, hapu representatives, parents and whanau who have taken the time to support us in this mahi.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi

Te Manawa tahi learning support hub.

Te Manawa tahi learning support hub.

NELP consultation hui in Whangarei

The Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) outlines the Government’s priorities for practice in places of learning and training for the entire education system. Consultation closes 25 November – have your say by completing the online survey or emailing nelp.tes@education.govt.nz.

NELP online survey – Kōrero Mātauranga(external link)

Engagements on the NELP have been taking place around the country and a hui took place in Whangarei on 18 November. 

ECE Team changes:

Te Riini has headed off onto a new career pathway working with Te Kawa Matakura – growing young Māori leaders in Te Tai Tokerau. Some of you will still see her in your part of the region and we wish her well. While recruiting a new adviser, the team here remains available to you.

An email has been sent to each of your services with the contact details for the adviser who will work with your service.

Education Manager:                             
Irene Iwikau        

Education Adviser:
Sacha Cherrington

Education Adviser:
Des Tipene
(09) 436 8944
027 280 7514

Education Adviser:
Sharleen Edmonds
(09) 408 6938
027 478 3669

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

Auckland regional news

Tenā koutou,

The fire that occurred in the Auckland CBD on 22 October and the Public Health and Civil Defence advice that it prompted, created a good opportunity for us to test out our emergency text message system, with a small group of schools and early learning services. We are pleased with how the process worked, and have some new learnings to take forward. Our contact system is only as good as the contact numbers we have for you, so please remember to email Eceakregulations.Funding@education.govt.nz if you have a change of contact information for key personnel.

Service Provider Contact and Emergency Contact

The recent fire was a timely reminder for us to make sure that we have the right details for the service provider contact and the emergency person for your service. The service provider contact is a person nominated by your service to represent its management and this person’s name is displayed on the Certificate of Licence. We will contact this person regarding any matters relating to licensing. The service provider contact should reside locally, this means within the geographical area of the Auckland Ministry office. The emergency contact person is the best person for us to contact in the event of an emergency, when we need to connect with you as quickly as possible - to know if you need our help.

If the service provider contact or emergency contact for your service changes at any time, it is your responsibility to contact the Ministry of Education to ensure we have the most current contact details for these people. It is an easy process to update these contacts simply email Eceakregulations.Funding@education.govt.nz with the new details and we can help you out from here.

Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Sunday 12 October marked the opening of Niue Language Week for 2019. The theme for this year was “Tokiofa, ofania, mokoina e vagahau Niue”, which means treasure, love and cherish the Niue language.

Language retention is a particular concern for Tagata Niue in New Zealand – recent statistics show that out of the 30,867 living in Aotearoa, only 13 percent can hold a conversation in Vagahau Niue. Over 80 percent of the Tagata Niue population were born in Aotearoa. Tagata Niue are the fourth largest Pacific ethnic group living in New Zealand, comprising roughly 8 percent of New Zealand’s Pacific population.

Here at the Ministry, we kicked the week off with a visit from Favona School – the children’s smiling faces and beautiful performances brought energy and enthusiasm to our office. Parents and families came to support their children, who performed several items such as a tā mē (song and dance) and takalo (war dance). Our Pacific staff generously prepared a delicious banquet with traditional Niue food such as takihi (sliced taro and pawpaw), ota ika (raw fish) and (taro leaves baked in coconut). Throughout the week, staff were invited to experience activities including a volu niu (coconut scraping), foufou lau ti (ti leaf crown) making and lalaga Niue (Niue weaving) workshops.

Saturday 19 October marked the 45th Constitutional celebration of Niue’s political independence, in free association with New Zealand, known as Pule Fakamotu Niue.

Fakaaue lahi mahaki to Favona School for joining us during our Niue Language Week, and for helping to make the week vibrant and successful. We hope that you all enjoyed similar celebrations.

Talanoa Mai

People weaving with flax.

Children conducting Niue performance.

Talanoa Mai is an app developed by Kiwa Digital Lid and the Pacific Team at Oranga Tamariki – Ministry of Children.

The app is the first of its kind in Aotearoa. It was designed to help social workers build their cultural confidence and connect with Pacific children and their families. The app is also available to all staff, community partners and members of the public.

The app enables users to move between seven nations - Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Tokelau and Tuvalu - using the immersive technology to learn more about each Pacific peoples’ unique cultural heritage and identity. The Oranga Tamariki Pacific Strategy and Cultural Framework, Va’aifetu are also accessible through the app.

Working with Pacific peoples: Va’aifetu - Oranga Tamariki website(external link)

Talanoa Mai can be downloaded for free in the Apple(external link) and Google Play(external link) stores.
Give it a try!

Education Review Office’s draft quality indicators for ECE

The Education Review Office (ERO) recently published the draft indicators of quality for ECE on its website. ERO is consulting on them through to 30 November, prior to implementation from early 2020. I urge you to visit ERO’s website and have a look at what is being proposed and to provide any feedback that you might have.

Indicators of quality for ECE – Education Review Office website(external link)

Key dates for licensing over Christmas and New Year

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, we thought it might be useful to advise you of the deadlines for submitting applications for new services to the Auckland office.

The Ministry of Education must take all reasonably practicable steps to make a decision on a licensing application for a new service within 30 working days of receiving a complete application. A ‘complete application’ means that all documents to support the application, as listed on the application form, have been submitted. Applications need to be submitted at least 30 working days prior to the date you wish it to take effect from. The closure period for the Ministry of Education is not counted towards ‘working days’.

Please remember that a completed application is required (i.e. containing all required documents) before we can confirm a visit date.

To licence a new serviceDeadline for completed applications
By the end of January 2020 Friday 13 December 2019
To amend a licenceDeadline for completed applications
Prior to 10 January 2020 Monday 9 December

If you have your completed documentation submitted by these dates, we will endeavour to provide you with a decision by the specified date. Please contact one of our Education Advisors should you have any questions about this.

If you think that you might require a licensing visit for any purpose (including temporary relocation, alterations or amendments) in January or early February, please let us know by emailing EceAKregulations.Funding@education.govt.nz.

Feel free to call or email me.

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 mā tēnā koutou katoa.

Tuia 250 – Te Pōwhiri

Hopefully many of you were able to participate in the long anticipated Whitianga Tuia 250 commemorations held on Friday 18th October. This special day began with a hikoi, led by Ngāti Hei representatives, along Wharekaho beach. Minister Davis, voyagers and around 500 members of the public joined in the hikoi which was followed by a pōwhiri and entertainment from kapa haka groups from local schools. Reports are that the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow experience is proving very popular. If you missed the roadshow in Whitianga, we are hopeful that you will have another opportunity to enjoy this interactive exhibition when it makes a return to Waikato kura and schools.

Roadshow - Tuia Mātauranga education programme(external link)

Tuia Mātauranga education programme(external link)

Outside Tuia Mātauranga roadshow.

Waka and Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow during Tuia 250 commemorations in Whitianga

Celebrating Tuia 250 by Whenuakite Country Kids

Colourful mural.

The Whenuakite Country Kids Tuia 250 mural is a representation of life at our community centre. At first glance our mural is vibrant, bright and busy, as are the moments our tamariki spend in our centre. However, this Tuia 250 mural project has provided the perfect platform for us to explore different aspects of our experiences living in this area, rich in cultural history, exceptional coastlines and amidst our diverse communities. The aim was to visually share this through pattern, colour and images created by the tamariki.

The two koru reaching out across the top of the mural, and supporting each other, represent the joining of hands, of cultures, support and working together. The interlocking koru at the bottom are the shared knowledge of tamariki, kaiako, whānau and community.

As part of our Tuia 250 curriculum here at Whenuakite Country Kids, the tamariki have engaged in dialogue about a wide range of topics relevant to our local area, from the bush to sea, plants and animals, the sky and Matariki. We have also explored stories of our people from the past to the present, including our own stories in these environments.

Focusing on the people, places and events which have shaped the history of our area has been the foundation of our localised curriculum here at Whenuakite Country Kids. This inspires our tamariki to explore their own stories of who they are and what is significant to them. Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education, 2017), reinforces this when it states that “Children learn and develop best when their culture, knowledge and community are affirmed and when the people in their lives help them to make connections across settings” (p. 20). This has been a truly collaborative learning journey, one which has shaped our shared knowledge and understanding of our past, as we look to our bright future, here in this place.

Ngā mihi nui!

All of the tamariki, whānau and staff at Whenuakite Country Kids.

Two children painting within the mural.

Two children painting within the mural.

Children from Whenuakite Country Kids creating the Tuia 250 

Whenuakite Country Kids worked alongside a local artist to create their masterpiece which can now be viewed in the Whitianga township off Blacksmith Lane.

C5 Acknowledgement of tangata whenua - Licensing criteria for centre-based ECE services

If your early learning service, Kōhanga Reo or playgroup has a story of success or celebration that you would like to share with the wider Waikato region please email it through to linda.baxendine@education.govt.nz. We are always happy to receive contributions.

Measles information

Here is the latest update regarding measles in our area from the Waikato District Health Board.

The Medical Office of Health has advised of an update to their website under the “For Education Providers” heading.

Measles outbreak in Waikato - Waikato District Health Board website(external link)

Children aged 0-14 can now access the MMR vaccine if they have missed out on a vaccination(s) for any reason.

GP practices should be making contact with family/whānau to invite/book/give the MMR vaccine to those with no vaccination or 4-5 year olds due their second vaccination.

Please contact your GP if you have any queries.

Checking overseas teaching qualifications

We recognise that ECE teachers are in demand and with this being the case, services are sometimes looking to employ teachers from overseas. We would like to remind you, that it is important to ensure that you have read the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) assessment of overseas teachers’ qualifications, before offering an overseas teacher a teaching position.

It is important to remember that just because a teacher has registration and a current practising certificate this doesn’t automatically mean they meet the licensing requirements for ECE teaching qualifications. Please see our website for more information about qualification requirements.

Qualification requirements

Reminder of key dates

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we advise the following timelines.

To licence or certificate a new serviceThe deadline for completed applications
By the end of January 2020 Monday 2 December 2019
To amend a licenceThe deadline for completed applications
Prior to 10 January 2020 Monday 9 December 2019

The Hamilton office will close for the Christmas and New Year holiday on Tuesday 24 December and reopen on Monday 6 January 2020.

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

With the warmer weather and summer approaching quickly, we need to be keeping ourselves and our tamariki safe in the sun. Sunhats, sunscreen, and plenty of shaded areas to play will help to be sun smart. I’d like to remind services about reviewing sun smart practices to ensure that children can continue to explore and enjoy the outdoor environments in the safest way possible.


Te Kohanga Reo o Terere (near Opotiki) recently received a category 4 ERO report.

It was noted from ERO that, “Children are confident in a wide range of contexts, as they connect throughout the learning environment and with others. They know who they are and celebrate their connections with confidence”.

Incredible Years Programme

The Learning Support team at the Ministry of Education regularly offer the opportunity for early childhood teachers to enrol in the Incredible Years Programme. This programme supports teachers by giving them strategies to address disruptive behaviour and to create more positive learning environments for children ranging from 3 to 8 years old.

Any enquiries about the Incredible Years Programme can be made by emailing enquiries.BoP-Waiariki@education.govt.nz.

Pasifika in the Bay Festival

I had the pleasure a few weeks ago to attend this fabulous festival and we have been a proud sponsor and supporter of the 'Pasifika in the Bay Festival' in Tauranga for a 5th year. A grassroots, teacher and education initiative led by two passionate local teachers Annette Laban, from St Mary’s School Tauranga and Melanie Cottingham, from Arataki School, who also founded the Pasifika in the Bay Trust. The event was a beautiful celebration of not only Pacific cultures but of the growing diversity of the Bay of Plenty region. It was an excellent day and I was inspired by the number of children, students, teachers and parents involved, especially the involvement of the Tauranga early learning community.

AvaNiu Pasifika Workshops

SELO provider Avaniu Pasifika will be holding one more Pacific PLD opportunities before the end of the year. Workshops are held at Life Church, 934 Cameron Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga. Early learning services in the Tauranga and wider Tauranga areas are encouraged to register.

  • Workshop: “Ako Auloa – Learning Together”
    Wednesday 27 November 2019, 6pm – 8pm

For registrations please email: admin@avaniu.co.nz

Maternity Leave

We would like to give our best wishes to Shari Brell (Education Advisor ECE) who will be going on maternity leave at the end of this year. Shari will be taking time to be with her whānau and new pēpi, before returning to work later in 2020.

A fixed-term Education Advisor ECE will be appointed to cover Shari’s leave. We look forward to introducing them to you in the New Year.

Christmas and New Year Office Dates

Our regional offices in Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane and Taupō will close on Tuesday 24 December. The regional offices will re-open on Monday 6 January. Most of our ECE Advisors will be back on board from this date to continue to support the needs of the sector. Please be mindful of the key dates for licensing and applications as mentioned below.

Key dates for licensing over Christmas and New Year

Christmas is soon approaching. If you require any new service to be licensed or any amendments to licences over this time, please follow the guidelines below:

To licence a New ServiceDeadline for Completed Applications
By the end of January 2020 Friday 13 December 2019
To Amend a LicenceDeadline for Completed Applications
Prior to 10 January 2020 Monday 9 December

Please note that our Education Advisors will endeavour to be responsive to the needs and requirements of the sector however, they are booked well in advance for licensing visits. At this time of year there is limited room in calendars to attend to non-urgent or unscheduled requests, except for incidents or complaints. Please plan your requests in advance with advisors, and ensure that you have all documentation completed.

Unannounced Visits to Services

The Education Act 1989, 319B refers to ‘powers of entry and inspection without warrant’.

This act authorises our Education Advisors to enter and inspect any licensed or certificated premises. They can also sight, copy or remove any documentation.

Please use the link below to read and familiarise yourself with section 319B of the Education Act.

Education Act 1989, 319B(external link)

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

Ia 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

Tēnā koutou katoa

As a new Director I am very much enjoying learning more about the Early Learning sector from our key staff who work with you. It’s great to see the focus in our region of supporting quality early learning experiences. Thank you for the work that you do for our tamariki, and enjoy the outdoor activities that this warmer weather will bring.

SELO Funding Workshops

Suzi Shaw from EC Management Consultants will be sending an email in a few weeks about two all-day funding workshops that she will be facilitating. One workshop will be held in Hawke’s Bay and one in Gisborne. We anticipate the workshops will be held between late November 2019 and early 2020.

The workshops aim to increase knowledge, confidence and skills with the Ministry of Education funding rules and the implication these rules have for how you run your service. Numbers attending will be limited and we will prioritise stand-alone services in the first instance. Ideally you would send two people from your service.

Key dates for licensing over the Christmas period

Christmas is rapidly approaching and to help us meet your licensing requirements over this time we advise the following timelines:

To licence a new serviceDeadline for completed applications
By the end of January 2020 Friday 13 December 2019
To amend a licenceDeadline for completed applications
Prior to 6 January 2020 Friday 16 December

If you have your completed documentation submitted by these dates, we will endeavour to provide you with a decision by the specified date.

To help with our planning, please let us know if you think you might require a licensing visit for any purpose (including temporary relocation, alterations or amendments) in January or early February 2020. Please email enquiries.napier@education.govt.nz.

Well Child Newsletter

Well Child Health Promotion Newsletter for Term 4 [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Christmas closure dates

The end of the year is rapidly approaching. Just an early reminder that our Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti offices will close from Tuesday 24 December 2019 and re-open on Monday 6 January 2020.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Claire Hague
Director of Education Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti
Phone: 06 831 0667
Email: claire.hague@education.govt.nz

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū regional news

Kia ora

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa

With the warmer weather upon us, I’m sure you’re all enjoying the opportunity to spend more time outside with your tamariki.

Congratulations on Category 4 ERO Review

It is with pleasure that I congratulate Manchester Kindergarten who have been successful in obtaining a Category 4 review from the Education Review Office. A Category 4 review deems the service is very well placed to promote positive outcomes for children. Congratulations for your great contribution to children and their families.

Newly Certificated Playgroup

We welcome and congratulate Palmy Playgroup on receiving their full certificate. As a certificated playgroup, Palmy Playgroup provides a supportive environment for children and parents to learn together and develop a strong sense of their identity, language and culture.

Palmy Playgroup operates from Awapuni Community Centre on Newbury Street during school terms, Tuesday from 9am to 12noon.

Playgroups are great ways to engage parents in their child’s learning. If you are interested in establishing a playgroup or puna kōhungahunga, further information can be found on the Education website(external link) or by contacting AnnCherie.Phillips@education.govt.nz.

Playgroup Funding Within the Online Education Resourcing System (ERS)

A huge shout-out to our wonderful playgroup parents and volunteers who have spent time and effort completing the yearly PG5 Playgroup Funding Report and submitting their operational funding into the online Education Resourcing System (ERS).

We have had an excellent response to receiving the operational funding claims and want to thank you for meeting our deadlines.

Due to our large geographical area we have a number of playgroups that often are the only early learning service option for those rural and isolated families. The value for the community, parents and children in attending playgroup is so much more than education. It is about community connections, making friends, social interaction, not only for the children but also parents, wider whānau and the lifelong volunteers and supporters of playgroups.

Thank you to the many parents and volunteers that give up their precious time to create great education spaces and opportunities for our tamariki and being those tireless volunteers that complete all the jobs that keep our playgroups going year after year.

Let’s Go APE, 30 November - Professional Development Reminder

We would like to thank all of the early learning services who registered for the SELO funded professional learning workshops. This is a reminder that the full day workshop is scheduled for Saturday 30 November, 8.30am to 5:00pm at Awapuni Racecourse. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Incredible Years Programme for Early Childhood Teachers in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Taranaki and Otaki

Senior Managers of early learning services are invited to nominate teachers of 3 - 5 year olds for participation in the Incredible Years Teacher programme starting in February 2020.

All early learning services have been sent information about the programme including the dates of each workshop. The programme has a strong evidence base and is a key component of the Ministry of Education’s Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) strategy.

Please get nominations in to georgina.burke@education.govt.nz as soon as possible before the closing date of 22 November 2019 as the maximum number that can participate is 16 -18.

Please contact Di Thomas, Incredible Years Coordinator, Di.Thomas@education.govt.nz if you require further information.

Key dates for licensing over the Christmas period

As a reminder with Christmas rapidly approaching we advise the following timelines for licensing over the Christmas period.

To licence or certificate a new serviceThe deadline for completed applications
By the end of January 2020 Monday 4 December 2019
To amend a licenceDeadline for completed applications
Prior to Friday 3 January 2020 Friday 13 December 2019

To help with our planning please let us know if you think that you might require a licensing visit for any purpose (including temporary relocation, alterations or amendments) in January or early February 2020. Please email ece.twm@education.govt.nz.

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

Marlene Clarkson
Director of Education Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū
Phone: 06 349 6304
Mobile: 027 275 1450
Email: marlene.clarkson@education.govt.nz

Wellington regional news

Tēnā koutou

This is my first early learning bulletin as Director of Education for Wellington. I am thrilled to be in the role and working with a great regional team focused on supporting early learning services, schools and the transition to vocational training for our young people. I was previously the Director of Hawke’s Bay/Tairāwhiti for 3 years, have had 18 years as a principal, been a teacher, city councillor, business owner, board member and a proud dad of two children.

I am looking forward to working with you and getting out across the region for some informal meet and greets. Please let me know of any upcoming opportunities to visit your service. I won’t be able to get to you all of you this side of Christmas but I’ll be organising ongoing visits throughout 2020.

Over the next few months I will be sharing the work and outcomes from an exciting new additional role I have as the Regional Public Sector Lead for the social sector in the Greater Wellington Region. This is part of a wider government approach to help us make better use of the resources and relationships various government ministries have, to support better outcomes for communities. Watch this space!

End of year close down and licensing application cut off dates.

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, we thought it would be useful to share the cut off dates for submitting applications for new services to us.

We must take all reasonably practicable steps to make a decision on a licensing application for a new service within 30 working days of receiving a complete application. Please remember that the application needs to be complete (i.e. contains all required documents) before a visit date can be confirmed.

To license a new service from January 2020, a complete application needs to be received in our office for our consideration, at least 30 working days prior. The closure period for the Ministry of Education is not counted towards ‘working days’.

If you think that you might require a licensing visit for any purpose (including temporary relocation, alterations or amendments) in January or early February, please let us know by emailing enquiries.lowerhutt@education.govt.nz.

Category 4 ERO Reports

Congratulations to the following services that have received a confirmed ERO Category 4 (very well placed) evaluation between 5 July 2019 and 30 August 2019.

  • Matairangi Kindergarten
  • Peninsula Community Preschool
  • Newtown Kindergarten.

Pacific Education Fono

On 9 September, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa hosted the first Pacific Fono for our region at Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua. The Minister’s messages were well received by the Pacific community, and she outlined her intention to present the 10 year Pacific Education Plan to Cabinet by December this year. She also shared information about the new Pacific Early Learning Project pilot, which will champion the realm languages in Auckland (Niue), Waikato (Cook Island) and Lower Hutt (Tokelau) in coming years.

The Tokelau Fono at Naenae College on 11 September was also well attended. The hosts from Matiti Tokelau Akoga Kamata were supported by our national office colleague Cathy Diggins, who was warmly welcomed by the Tokelau community.

Community members at both of these fono participated in the activities of the evening with great enthusiasm and debate.

Information on Pacific Education can be found on the Education Conversation website.

Pacific voices shaping the future of education in New Zealand - Kōrero Mātauranga(external link)

Food and Water Policy Survey

In this year’s budget, funding was received for the Healthy, Active Learning initiative. This is a joint programme run by the Ministries of Health, Education and Sport New Zealand.

You should have received an email from Regional Public Health, on behalf of your local District Health Board, with a survey. The survey is to find out about existing healthy food and water-only policies in all early learning services in the Greater Wellington Region.

We greatly appreciate your time and effort to complete the survey. For more information about the Healthy Active Learning initiative, please visit the Sport New Zealand website.

Sport New Zealand website(external link)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Duignan at mary.duignan@huttvalleydhb.org.nz.

Taonga Mokopuna Video Learning Series

The Healthy Communities Team from Regional Public Health have just launched a new resource for early childhood centres, ‘Taonga Mokopuna video learning series’ . This has been designed to reduce the spread of illness and keep centres’ environments healthy.

Taonga Mokopuna video learning series(external link)

Taonga Mokopuna includes six short videos:

  • Introduction to the series
  • Gastroenteritis Outbreaks
  • Illness Policy
  • Handwashing
  • Hygienic Nappy Changing
  • Healthy Centre Environments.

Each video outlines simple steps that help reduce the spread of illness. The steps are easy to follow and implement but can often get missed in a busy centre environment. When these steps are followed correctly, they will help centres manage the spread of illness and create the best environment for tamariki and staff.

Throughout the peer review process, which was an integral part of the development of this series, many questions were raised. We have provided answers to these in the Questions and Answers section.

Taonga Mokopuna Questions and Answers - Regional Public Health website(external link)

Taonga Mokopuna is available for all services across the country to use. However, the advice provided in these videos was developed from the experiences our Public Health Advisors have had with a range of centres in varied communities across the Wellington region. Although the content is relevant for all services, if you are based outside the Greater Wellington Region please contact your local public health unit to confirm their requirements.

Public health unit contacts - Ministry of Health website(external link)

Tom O’Carroll – staff profile

Tom O'Carroll.
Kia Ora
I come from a large Waikato family who have strong connections to the education sector. After a 25 year career in the print industry, I finally succumbed to the family trend of education, engaging in ECE teacher training.

I have been in the Ministry for two months, as a Senior Adviser ECE. I see the role as an opportunity to influence quality learning outcomes for children. I have arrived at the Ministry directly from the ECE sector, with a thorough understanding of the challenges facing services, while also recognising the great work that ECE professionals are doing to provide quality education and care for children and their whānau.

I currently support early learning services from Wellington City north to Tawa. I am enjoying working alongside my ECE colleagues supporting and learning from them. I am proud to be working with the early childhood education sector, where I am part of a team supporting positive outcomes for our young learners. You can contact me at tom.ocarroll@education.govt.nz or phone 04 439 5021.

Take care.

Ngā mihi

Roy Sye
Director of Education Wellington
Phone: 06 833 6898
Email: roy.sye@education.govt.nz

Canterbury | Chatham Islands regional news

Kia ora

We remain mindful of the accused mosque shooter’s court appearances and consequent media reporting which may impact on some of your staff, children and whānau. The next scheduled court appearance of the accused is 12 December.

We are asking schools and early learning services to be particularly vigilant where they know children and families were directly affected by this event. We have a focus on intervening early and ensuring families are well supported, regardless of whether their children are showing signs of distress. Please talk with any of the professionals working with your community, Fiona Bartley from our office or a public health nurse to ensure families are connected with appropriate support in a timely way.

The agencies supporting children and families who have experienced trauma relating to March 15 have developed an agreed pathway now on Leading Lights.

Leading Lights Canterbury(external link)

A reminder we have advice on reassuring children and young people and helping them feel safe on our website and what to look for in a child’s emotional state. We also have information on providing guidance to children and young people. Further information for supporting families is available on the Canterbury Resilience Hub.

Tips for parents and educators: Supporting children and young people
Tips for parents and educators: helping children stay connected and recover well
Canterbury Resilience Hub(external link)

It is critical to look after your own wellbeing and your teams; should you wish to discuss any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand

Sculpture award from the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) held a thanksgiving dinner last month as a way for FIANZ to get together to say “thank you” to the organisations, volunteers and emergency services that showed compassion, kindness and solidarity with the Muslim community during and after the tragic events of 15 March 2019.

We were presented with a thank you award that is a tribute for the incredible hard work of everyone who had showed leadership, compassion and support when they were needed most.

We acknowledged our schools and early learning services for your response and ongoing commitment to providing care and support to our tamariki and their families during and after the event.

This was also an opportunity for us to acknowledge the wider Ministry teams throughout the country who had come to support our work alongside other services and organisations we worked alongside during initial and post response including the Mana Ake teams.

Te Reo Māori

There are some great online resources for those who can’t get into a night school or classroom, to learn.

Good luck, kia waimarie!

FLAVA Festival | Ka Toi Māori o Aoraki

The eighth FLAVA Festival, ‘Ka Toi Māori o Aoraki’, was held at the Theatre Royal last term. Schools and early learning services from the Aoraki region, between the Waitaki and Rakaia rivers, took part in kapa haka, performing arts and contributed to visual arts.

The FLAVA festival is growing in numbers every year and provides students with an opportunity to discover and experience a breath-taking lens into Te Ao Māori (the world of Māori) and an awe-inspiring opportunity to showcase their wonderful talent.

Once again, the festival was a huge success, with the Theatre Royal packed to capacity. Groups had clearly devoted long hours to perfecting their skills and treated the audience to some incredibly colourful and exciting performances.

Ministry of Education secondment opportunities – Term 1 & 2, 2020

The Ministry of Education supports the education sector with advice, information and resources as well as policy advice to government. We employ around 3,500 staff around the country including approximately 1,600 in learning support roles.

The Canterbury Chatham Islands region is currently seeking interest from people who enjoy variety, a challenge and would like to work with our fantastic regional team. For Terms 1 & 2 of the 2020 year we have a range of secondment opportunities supporting us with improving educational achievement for all students/children.

If you are interested please contact Ann-Maree Fuller, senior HR advisor at

Congratulations to new services

Congratulations to the following services who have joined our network since May this year:

  • Nestled ELC Styx Mill Road – May
  • Tiddlywinks Ashburton (new premises and site) – May
  • Millie’s House – Armagh Street – June
  • Best Start Barrington – September

Category 4 ERO reports

Congratulations to the following services that have received a confirmed ERO Cat 4 (Very Well Placed) in August and September this year:

Swannanoa Preschool 8 August 2019
Prebbleton Playcentre 16 August 2019 
Hillmorton Nest 3 September 2019
Cherry’s Early Learning Centre 9 September 2019
Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Ōtautahi Early Learning Centre 9 September 2019

Futures Network

Date: Tuesday 3 December
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Ground Floor Conference Room
Te Urutī
48 Hereford Street
Christchurch (cnr Hereford St and Cambridge Tce)

Agenda: Welcome
Community Notices
Conversation with Coralanne Child – Director of Education Canterbury and Chatham Islands
Shared lunch – opportunity to network

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Barbara.madden@education.govt.nz.

Join Us on Facebook(external link)

Please do not hesitate to contact us 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

Kia ora koutou and warm Pasifika greetings

Finally we have some warmer weather and an opportunity for services to think about outdoor summer play. I hope your Christmas activity planning is also going well.

In this issue we welcome Lisa Seuseu to our Team of Education Advisers, and also encourage you to alert parents to the Incredible Years Parent Programmes delivered around the region.

Hui Tautoko for Educators in Waihōpai

The Ministry of Education & Matawai Consulting held its third education hui, Hui Tautoko recently in Invercargill. The hui focused on the journey of former refugee students in the Otago Southland region. Hui Tautoko for Educators in Waihōpai, offered participants the opportunity to learn about important aspects of the refugee resettlement journey. Mary Geary, Manager Education Southland, welcomed the audience and emphasised the role of the regional teams in supporting all learners, including former refugees.

Keynote speakers from the Refugee Resettlement Centre at Mangere, Tony Masterton and Ruth Ham, presented their experience in welcoming and preparing former refugee learners in a six week cycle to transition into the education system within their communities. Under manaakitanga, diversity, and the refugee journey, the speakers offered strong and compelling accounts from the primary and early learning sector. The speakers also provided practical advice on what was offered to refugee learners and how teachers in the regions can continue the journey in their own services and schools.

Other speakers touched base on the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) process, the Red Cross settlement support in Southland (Gavin Booth, NZRC), supporting the integration of former refugees through equitable education (Rula Talahma, MoE), and sharing his own refugee experience (Abdirizak Abdi-Lead Adviser, Refugee and Migrant Education, MoE).

A parent panel and a discussion led by senior secondary students of Colombian heritage, supported by the Ministry, offered an insight into challenges of the journey for the new learners.

This vibrant and information packed day concluded with four workshops around early learning and primary education in Mangere, cross cultural perspectives, and Ministry ESOL resources.

If you were not able to attend but would like access to some of the information presented on the day or have any questions about former refugee learners please get in touch with chris.cooper@education.govt.nz or (03) 471 5224.

Incredible Years Parent Programme

Expressions of Interest are open for the Incredible Years Parent Programme starting in February 2020 and runs until June 2020. The Incredible Years Parent programme is a 14 week programme led by a trained group of facilitators, focusing on parents of children with challenging behaviour and aged from 3-8 years old. The programme’s focus is on emotional competence and the parent-child relationship. The majority of parents who have completed the programme have found it beneficial and supportive.

Incredible Years Parent - TKI website(external link)

Please circulate this information among parents at your service. Parents can complete a referral form by contacting Debbie Pettinger at debbie.pettinger@education.govt.nz. For more information, parents are most welcome to contact the facilitator of the programme in their area directly:

Dunedin delivered by Family Works Otago and MoE

  • Tuesdays during the day at Musselburgh School
    Contact person: MoE Rebecca Westoby ph: 03 471 5200

Dunedin delivered by Family Works Otago

  • Evening programme.
    Contact person: Family Works Ray Hubac ph: 03 477 7116

Dunedin delivered by Methodist Mission and MoE

  • Day programme at The Hub, Oxford Street.
    Contact person: MoE Pamela Seccombe ph: 03 471 5200

Cromwell delivered by Family Works Otago

  • Day programme at Presbyterian Church Hall, Cromwell.
    Contact person: Family Works Stewart Hawkins ph: 03 477 7116

Invercargill delivered by Family Works Southland

  • Day programme at Family Works, Spey Street, Invercargill.
    Contact person: Family Works Margaret Whittington ph: 03 211 8200

Invercargill delivered by Family Works Southland and MoE

  • Day programme at Family Works, Spey Street, Invercargill.
    Contact person: Family Works Rosanne Wybrow ph: 03 211 8200

Contact in an emergency – Mataara:

In an emergency event we want to be able to connect with you as quickly and easily as possible, so that we know if you need our help. Over the past year, the Ministry has been developing Mataara, a school and early learning emergency mass contact tool that allows us to quickly text you in the event of an emergency in your area (such as a fire, flood or earthquake). You can reply to our message via text message, letting us know your service’s status. Mataara collates this information so that we can plan a response to help you, as well as provide useful information to other agencies such as NZ Police and Civil Defence.

We are now using Mataara across the country and regional office staff have the ability to generate a text message very quickly to all schools and early learning services in a specified area. After we send you a message regarding an emergency in your area, you can reply using the number which corresponds to your status.

You can add additional text to your reply, but responding with the relevant number allows us to quickly identify if you need help. Please note, you cannot initiate the emergency texting process. If you do not respond to our message, our staff will follow up with you by phone and/or email.

Mataara is free for you to use. The message comes from 8707 and will only be used by the Ministry. You should save this number to your phone with assurance that it has come from us.

We will run a test for all early learning services in the Otago Southland region in early December. This will give you a chance to see what a message looks like, and allows the Ministry to check the emergency contact information we currently hold. The message will start with “TEST: This is a message from the Ministry of Education” – followed by a set of instructions to respond. Please do respond accordingly, this will give us a good idea of coverage, and we will follow up with those that don’t respond in the following week.

If you think your information needs updating, please contact your Education Adviser.

Welcome to Lisa Seuseu, Education Adviser ECE, Dunedin

Lisa Seuseu.

Talofa lava, to Lisa Seuseu who we welcomed as our new Education Adviser ECE, on Monday 21 October. Lisa came with strong support from her whānau, aiga (families) from Punavai o le Atamai and colleagues, who joined her to celebrate.

Lisa comes to the role with the experience of caring, educating and learning alongside tamaiti (children), aiga (families) and faia’oga (teachers) for the last seventeen years at Punavai o le Atamai preschool. Lisa has just completed her Post graduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Early Intervention) and has previously worked hard to receive her Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and Bachelor of Information Technology. Lisa is passionate about children, identity, language and culture and she is really looking forward to meeting with kaiako, visiting services and supporting the sector.

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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