Early Learning Regional News - November 2018

Regional News updates for November 2018 from the Directors of Education for each Ministry of Education region.

Tai Tokerau regional news

Kia ora koutou katoa

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Consultation for the draft Ten Year Strategic Plan for Early Learning has begun and will run through until early 2019. This new strategy will set out a planned approach to develop and strengthen the early learning sector, to meet the needs of all children and their families and whānau. Early Learning Strategic Plan consultation hui will be held in our region. You can find more information about the details of the hui and the Strategic Plan on the Education Conversation website.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards will open for entries in late February 2019. You will be able to find these on the Ministry of Education website. It would be great to have more Tai Tokerau early learning services applying.

Christmas close-down dates

All three Te Tai Tokerau Ministry offices will close for the holidays at 4pm on Friday 21 December. The Whangarei office will open again on Thursday 3 January with limited staff and the Kaitaia and Kerikeri offices will reopen on Monday 14 January.

The Tai Tokerau Early Learning team will all be back on Monday 14 January. To allow for processing to be completed, any applications for new services or operating changes to licences must have been received by Friday 23 November 2018. For applications outside this date, please contact Irene Iwikau at irene.iwikau@education.govt.nz. Processing will start again from Monday 14 January 2019.

On behalf of all our staff, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a restful holiday and the very best for the New Year.

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

Auckland regional news

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Consultation for the draft Ten Year Strategic Plan for Early Learning has begun and will run through until early 2019. This new strategy will set out a planned approach to develop and strengthen the early learning sector, to meet the needs of all children and their families and whānau. Early Learning Strategic Plan consultation hui will be held in our region. You can find more information about the details of the hui and the Strategic Plan on the Education Conversation website.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Ministry of Education Christmas close down and licensing application cut-off dates

The end of the year is rapidly approaching. Our office will be closed between 22 December 2018 and 3 January 2019, with only limited staff available between 3 and 7 January.

To licence a new service in January our office must receive a complete application by this Friday 30 November. Please remember that the application needs to be complete (ie, contain all the required documents) before a visit date can be confirmed.

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 our ECE team at: eceakregulations.funding@education.govt.nz.

If an application is received after this date we cannot guarantee a licensing decision will be made by your ideal opening date. Please contact one of our Education Advisors should you have any questions about this.

Oral Language and Literacy Initiative

We are currently recruiting services to participate in the Oral Language and Literacy Initiative (OLLi) for next year. We have had some wonderful feedback from teachers and parents who are connected with this initiative. Anna Christie, one of our Auckland OLLi SLTs, recently shared this story about one of the centres she is working in and the impact that the programme has had:

“In one of my services the 2 teachers ran a parents evening after Sessions 1 and 2 of ABC and Beyond, to share the strategies they had learnt. Yesterday I met one of these parents who had attended. The mum reported that she had really enjoyed hearing the strategies, and the one that stood out for her was ‘Strive for 5’. This is a term coined by David Dickinson that encourages adults having conversations with children to aim for at least 5 back and forth exchanges. Children who participate in frequent and extended conversations have better language and literacy outcomes.

“The mother reports that before she heard about ’Strive for 5’ she really only asked her daughter questions and they didn't have conversations. Now she keeps the conversation going by ‘striving for 5’ and is really happy with how her daughter's language is progressing. She reported that last week her daughter came home and used the word ‘camouflage’ appropriately – a new word she had learnt from her teachers when they ‘made this word sparkle’. In this same service, the teachers are now doing split mat times so they can adjust the content and book reading for the younger and older children – another change since they have been attending ABC and Beyond. It's exciting for us to hear about progress and change like this.”

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

Applications for the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards will open in February 2019. The Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early learning, primary and secondary schooling in the areas of: engaging, leading, teaching and learning, and inclusive practices.

We can all be very proud of our region’s strong record of success in these awards:

  • Manurewa Intermediate School, Excellence in Engaging | Atahāpara Award and Prime Minister's Supreme Award |Takiri ko te ata, 2017
  • Waitakere College, Joint Winner, Excellence in Teaching and Learning | Atatū Award, 2017
  • Auckland Kindergarten Association, Finalist, Excellence in Governing | Awatea Award, 2017
  • De La Salle College, Finalist, Excellence in Teaching and Learning | Atatū Award, 2018
  • Glenavon School, Finalist, Excellence in Leading | Atakura Award, 2018.

We encourage you to consider entering your early learning service for the 2019 Awards. For more information see the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards website.

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards(external link)

Mā te wā

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.

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Consultation for the draft Ten Year Strategic Plan for Early Learning has begun and will run through until early 2019. This new strategy will set out a planned approach to develop and strengthen the early learning sector, to meet the needs of all children and their families and whānau. Early Learning Strategic Plan consultation hui will be held in our region. You can find more information about the details of the hui and the Strategic Plan on the Education Conversation website.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Diwali celebrations

Diwali celebrations have been in full swing at Curious Cubs Early Learning Centre in Hillcrest, Hamilton. Thanks to some encouragement from their student teacher, children at the centre have had the opportunity to explore making diva lamps with clay and paint, dressing up in beautiful garments, trying traditional rice pudding, henna tattoos and visiting the local library for ‘Diwali’ story time. Teachers at the centre have described their Diwali celebrations as “a beautiful exploration of culture and colour”. It is always exciting to be able to share examples of services affirming and celebrating cultural differences and helping children gain a positive awareness of their own and other cultures.

Teachers at Curious Cubs Early Learning Centre celebrating Diwali

Diwali celebrations iat Curious Cubs Early Learning Centre

Don’t forget that Te Whāriki online has loads of ideas and resources to affirm the identities, languages and cultures of all children.

Identity, language and culture - TKI website(external link)

Funding for early learning services that are part of a Kāhui Ako

We are excited to see many early learning services in the Waikato region formally engaging with their local Kāhui Ako. Did you know that early learning services can now apply for funding to allow them to connect and collaborate? Once services are an approved member of a Kāhui Ako they can apply for funding to support participation and collaboration within Kāhui Ako to strengthen learning opportunities for children. For more information about the joint funding and application form please see the Kāhui Ako page on the Education website.

Funding for early learning in Kāhui Ako

Teacher-led Innovation Fund

Speaking of funding for collaboration the next round of Teacher-led Innovation Funding is now open and closes in February 2019. If your service has a research inquiry that aims to make a positive difference to the learning and achievement of children you may be interested in applying for this funding. The fund supports teams of teachers to develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes, especially for students who are Māori, Pasifika, have special education needs, or come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Projects could involve applying existing teaching practices in new ways or exploring new practices to see if they can improve learning outcomes. Information about this fund is available on our webpage.

Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF)

5 Ways to Wellbeing

We take looking after our staff seriously and one of the supports we have available is a Wellbeing Hub. Through this online tool we receive regular updates and information that can help to support us not just in our workplace – but in life more broadly. Recently, the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand released 5 Ways to Wellbeing: a best practice guide.

5 Ways to Wellbeing: a best practice guide

The 5 strategies promoted in the guide are:

  • Give – Your time. Your words. Your presence.
  • Be active – Do what you can. Enjoy what you do. Move your mood.
  • Keep learning – Embrace new experience. See opportunities. Surprise yourself.
  • Take notice – Appreciate the little things. Savour the moment.
  • Connect – Talk and listen. Be there. Feel connected.

One of the suggestions it makes – which I have taken up – is having walking meetings. I am doing this particularly with my direct reports when we have our regular one-to-one catch ups. We take a 45 minute walk around a couple of blocks local to our offices. I know that this may not be practical for you all the time, but you can find more of these ideas in this excellent resource to support wellness strategies for you and your staff on the Mental Health Foundation website. Go on try it!

5 Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit - Mental Health Foundation website(external link)

Feel free to call me or email me.

Noho ora mai
Paula

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

Bay of Plenty – Waiariki regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora and talofa lava.

We are currently experiencing New Zealand’s unpredictable weather patterns and I’d like to remind services about reviewing sun smart practices. Children enjoy having fun and exploring the outside environments, so let’s make sure they are safe while doing it.

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 7 December 2018 Monday 12 November
By the end of January 2019 Friday 14 December
To amend a licence Deadline for completed applications
Prior to 9 January 2019 Monday 14 December

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

Kāhui Ako update

It is always a pleasure to hear about successful opportunities for our children and teachers within the Kāhui Ako community.

TopKids Ngatai Road have shared the following:

“TopKids Ngatai Road is part of the Ōtūmoetai Community of Learning│Kāhui Ako which has been focusing on the development of oral language. This development has supported a successful learning pathway for ākonga. A number of our teachers have been attending the oral language professional learning and development (PLD) sessions provided by the local Kāhui Ako. We all gained knowledge, skills and resources that were shared amongst all centre teachers who embraced the new learning and implemented these into the centre professional practice.

“The gains of this endeavour have been noted in the centre’s recent internal Quality Education and Care Evaluation carried out by 2 professional services managers. The report noted that children were increasingly supported to negotiate and solve their own problems through increased oral language capabilities. It was also observed that the confidence of babies and toddlers to express themselves has increased significantly, while older children regularly displayed sustained shared thinking alongside their heightened capability to use oral language, specifically in boys.

“Attending the PLD sessions has also supported our teachers to form stronger relationships with school teachers enabling robust pathways for our tamariki to successfully transition between our educational institutions.”

Thank you Topkids Ngatai Road for sharing your successful story.

Also it is timely to remind those who are approved members of a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako that there is funding now available. Please see the link below for further information about the funding and how to apply.

Funding for early learning in Kāhui Ako

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Currently there are many reviews underway and I encourage you to go online and have your say on the Early Learning Strategic Plan. There are some regional hui coming up in our region which you can register to attend through the Education Conversation website.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Playgroup funding outcome

We have received positive feedback about the funding application changes for playgroups. These changes are in line with the movement to electronic reporting.

Your Education Advisors are preparing opportunities to get you up and running and support you with this new funding system. Please look out for an email invite shortly to attend a set up workshop. It will also be an opportunity to touch base with all our playgroups and hear about the great educational and social experiences you are providing for children.

For more information and FAQs you can visit the Education Resourcing System (ERS) information page.

Education Resourcing System (ERS)

Farewell

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and farewell Vicky Wilson (Education Advisor ECE). She has been with us for 18 months and is returning to teaching – her passion. Vicky has been a valuable staff member and I thank her for her contribution to our region.

Jacqui Brouwer (Kāhui Ako Lead ECE) who has been on secondment from Central Kids Kindergartens is returning at the end of this year. Thanks to Jacqui for sharing her vast ECE experience, including her strengths and practices in biculturalism.

I wish them both all the best as they head back into the sector to continue great work in supporting best outcomes for children.

Early Learning Symposium for 2019

We have begun planning for Symposium 2019 as we know the value that these professional development opportunities are providing. We have seen improved learning outcomes for children and teacher confidence. Keep an eye out early in 2019 for your invitation to register.

If there is anything you would like to discuss, or if you have an issue you want to talk about, please contact me on 07 349 8309 or by email at: ezra.schuster@education.govt.nz.

La manuia

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

Hawkes Bay / Tairawhiti regional news

Tēnā koutou

Minister’s visit to region

Hon Chris Hipkins visits an early learning service

Recently I had the privilege of accompanying the Minister of Education, the Hon Chris Hipkins, on a visit to our region where he had the opportunity to spend time in a number of schools. He was lucky enough to also get to informally drop in to some of our early learning services, including Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Ūpokoiri ki Ōmahu and Te Tipu Whenua o Pa Harakeke at Flaxmere College. This was a great chance for him to see first-hand the energy and enthusiasm of the staff and governors and hear about future plans.

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Consultation for the draft Ten Year Strategic Plan for Early Learning has begun and will run through until early 2019. This new strategy will set out a planned approach to develop and strengthen the early learning sector, to meet the needs of all children and their families and whānau. Early Learning Strategic Plan consultation hui will be held in our region. You can find more information about the details of the hui and the Strategic Plan on the Education Conversation website.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Hauora Hui

On 6 November another ‘Hauora Hui’ was held at our urban community marae – Pukemokimoki, Napier. The Well Child Interagency Network Group (CING) and Onward Consultants Limited planned the hui in collaboration with representatives from health, education and social services. Forty-four agencies and organisations set up in expo style and shared their information and expertise. Early learning representatives were able to discuss how each agency or organisation could support their tamariki and whānau. One hundred and twenty-two participants from the early learning sector attended the evening.

Urban community marae – Pukemokimoki, Napier

The expo was followed by 2 guest speakers. Bernice Gabriel, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, spoke about the Ngātahi project. Latu To’Omaga, Brainwave Trust kaiako/educator, engaged participants with active examples, relevant humour and real stories. There was a great vibe at this hui with many valued connections made. The CING are grateful to the enthusiasm and positive response from all those who made this event such and enjoyable valued success – all who were there!

Ngātahi Project

The Ngātahi Project is a multi-agency, collaborative project to assess the skills and learning needs of health, education and social service professionals in Hawke’s Bay. It has leveraged the Children’s Action Plan Directorate’s draft Vulnerable Children’s Core Competency Framework, developed in partnership with sector leaders from education, health and social services.

The aim of the project is to design, implement and evaluate a development and training programme for the vulnerable children’s workforce so that they can work more effectively with children and their families, and promote collaboration between disciplines and sectors, share effective practices, and develop a common language.

The development and training programmes prioritised for 2018 and 2019 are mental health, engaging effectively with Māori, and trauma-informed practice (including self-care). Online learning modules form the knowledge for these programmes and these are free and available to all who are interested (links below).

Childhood trauma: impact on development & behaviour - Goodfellow Foundation website(external link)

Foundations in ICAMH 1: Infant Mental Health - Goodfellow Foundation website(external link)

Mauriora courses - Mauriora Health Education Research website(external link)

For further information please contact Dr Bernice Gabriel (Project Manager) at:bernice.gabriel@hbdhb.govt.nz.

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 applications
By 21 December 2018 Monday 12 November 2018
By the end of January 2019 Friday 14 December 2018
To amend a licenceDeadline for applications
Prior to 4 January 2019 Friday 14 December 2018

If you have your completed documentation submitted by these dates, it is likely we can meet your expectations of opening or changing your operation in the New Year.

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 2019. Please email: enquiries.napier@education.govt.nz.

SELO Professional Development Learning and Opportunities (PLD)

If you would like to personally receive an email about any SELO PLD open event opportunities, please send your name and email address to enquiries.napier@education.govt.nz and we will add you to our contact list. We generally send SELO PLD information to service provider contacts, but recently we have had requests for information to go directly to other individuals. We are happy to oblige and meet this need.

Get to know us – Hayley Whitaker (staff profile)

Hayley Whitaker

What’s your role at the Ministry of Education?

I’m a Lead Advisor in the Hawkes Bay/Tairāwhiti region, which encompasses Takapau, Central Hawke’s Bay to Potaka, East Coast, with some kohanga reo to Masterton as part of Ngāti Kahungunu.

I work across early learning and schools in Kāhui Ako, to strengthen early learning participation and contribution. My other portfolio is to lift quality in early learning services by supporting our licensing and compliance staff with complaints, SELO provision and licence classification as necessary.

I have recently been working in partnership with our learning support teams to improve support and quality service delivery for tamariki and their whānau.

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

I joined the team in January 2018. I did this to contribute to making a difference for our tamariki and their whānau. My main focus is to work to encourage, support and enable the education sector to strengthen relationships within and beyond education and to continuously improve the services for our most vulnerable citizens.

What do you most enjoy about working here?

While it takes commitment, time and energy, I am excited about the in-depth work I am involved in to lift quality and the difference I see it making for tamariki and whānau.

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

When I’m not at work I love to hang at the beach with my whānau, soaking up the sun, walking, fishing and swimming.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, who would it be and why?

I would like to trade places with Ellen De Genres because she’s sooooo funny and can dance!

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

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.

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

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Consultation for the draft Ten Year Strategic Plan for Early Learning has begun and will run through until early 2019. This new strategy will set out a planned approach to develop and strengthen the early learning sector, to meet the needs of all children and their families and whānau. Early Learning Strategic Plan consultation hui will be held in our region. You can find more information about the details of the hui and the Strategic Plan on the Education Conversation website.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Education and care parent involvement

Parents of children attending a service and adults providing education and care need to be provided with opportunities to contribute to the development and review of the service's operational documents (such as philosophy, policies and procedures and any other documents that set out how day-to-day operations will be conducted).

The criterion is underpinned by the belief that parent and whānau involvement can positively contribute to the service’s operation and quality of education and care provided to their children.

Documentation required

Services are required to show evidence that they have provided opportunities for parents and educators to contribute to the development and review of a centre’s operational documents. Meetings, attendance records and minutes could be considered as evidence, or (if you are providing documents for parents to read) having a sheet parents can tick and sign when they have reviewed documents would also be a way of recording evidence.

GMA4 parent Involvement for centre-based services

GMA3 parent Involvement for home-based services

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. Please be aware that any applications for a new licence received after 12 November will not be processed before the end of January 2019.

To licence a new serviceThe deadline for completed applications
By the end of January 2019 Friday 7 December 2018
To amend a licenceThe deadline for completed applications
Prior to 4 January 2019 Friday 14 December 2018

If you have your completed documentation submitted by these dates, it is likely we can meet your expectations of opening or changing your operation in the New Year.

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 2019. Please email: ece.twm@education.govt.nz

Christmas closure dates

Our New Plymouth, Whanganui and Palmerston North offices will close on Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open on Thursday 3 January 2019.

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

Ngā mihi

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

Wellington regional news

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Consultation for the draft Ten Year Strategic Plan for Early Learning has begun and will run through until early 2019. This new strategy will set out a planned approach to develop and strengthen the early learning sector, to meet the needs of all children and their families and whānau. Early Learning Strategic Plan consultation hui will be held in our region. You can find more information about the details of the hui and the Strategic Plan on the Education Conversation website.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Porirua regeneration – invitation to discussion

On Thursday 1 November the Prime Minister made an announcement outlining a regeneration of government housing in eastern Porirua. Over the next 25 years this will see the addition of 2,000 new homes and the renewal of 2,900 existing state homes in these communities. At the same time the Prime Minister announced changes to housing in western Porirua.

This proposal is a great opportunity for your community to consider the future education needs of eastern and western Porirua. No decisions have been made yet about what education in the area might look like and everything is open to consultation.

Given the anticipated increase in the population in the area as a result of the proposal the community will no doubt want to give consideration to what that may mean for early childhood education. The first step in this process is talking to you.

We would like to invite representatives from early learning services in eastern and western Porirua to an initial meeting with us at 5:30pm on Thursday 29 November at our Porirua office at 7 Heriot Drive. This will be an opportunity to discuss the likely process and a chance for you to ask questions about the regeneration.

Please confirm attendance by emailing moana.ransfield@education.govt.nz. Don’t be concerned if you are unable to attend as there will be other opportunities to engage in the coming months.

Changes to playgroup funding

You may have read in the previous Early Learning Bulletin that the new Education Resourcing System (ERS) has been developed and this means changes to the way playgroup funding is paid.

What does it actually mean for your playgroup? The new funding system will allow you to submit future PG3 funding forms online and access all your payment-related information electronically. There will be no more paper forms to fill out and send in.

The process of setting up playgroups with access to ERS is now underway. You will have received an email from your Ministry Education Advisor explaining the next steps. Each playgroup will need to nominate 2 users who will be required to complete a user request form. This can be downloaded below.

ERS-ECE User Request Form(external link) [PDF, 530KB]

Education Advisors are looking forward to working with you on this exciting project over the coming months. Please don’t hesitate to contact them for support.

ECE AdvisorEmail addressPlaygroups in your area
Kaya Grace kaya.grace@education.govt.nz Horowhenua, Porirua and Kapiti
Julia Buckley julia.buckley@education.govt.nz Lower Hutt, Tararua and Wairarapa
Juliana Malaeulu juliana.malaeulu@education.govt.nz All Pasifika playgroups
Doreen McKenzie doreen.mckenzie@education.govt.nz Wellington and Upper Hutt

For more information and FAQs you can also visit the ERS information page.

Education Resourcing System (ERS)

Healthy Families Lower Hutt initiative

Healthy Families Lower Hutt is a Ministry of Health funded initiative led by Hutt City Council and involving the Ministry of Education. The role of Healthy Families Lower Hutt is to work with local leaders, groups and organisations across many different sectors, supporting them to create healthier environments where we live, learn, work and play.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt aims to make good health, wellbeing and resilience easier and more accessible for everyone by changing our environments to make the healthy choice an easy choice.

Early learning services and schools can all play a powerful role in keeping our children healthy by creating environments that support them to eat healthy food and be physically active.

Transforming your school or service to be a place that supports healthy choices doesn’t have to be hard, expensive or time-intensive. There are lots of small (and big) actions you can take that will make a big impact and a lasting difference. Turning the Tide is a movement that shares and celebrates these actions as a way of making positive change contagious.

Turning the Tide has a whole section dedicated to schools and early learning. Here you can find ideas of actions you can take and when you sign up you’ll be supported with links to tools and resources relevant to your action. Although this is focused on Lower Hutt, the resources are available for all schools and early learning services.

Find out more at healthyfamilieslowerhutt.org.nz, visit their Facebook page or email healthyfamilieslowerhutt@huttcity.govt.nz.

Marnie Hainsworth – staff profile

Marnie Hainsworth

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Marnie Hainsworth tōku ingoa
I whānau mai ahau i Te Tai Poutini o Te Waipounamau
Kei Te Awakairangi ahau e noho ana

I first joined the Ministry in 2005 and worked in National Office at the time of the development of the 2008 Regulations and Licensing Criteria. I then had 2 years at the Teachers Council (now Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) before joining the ECE team in Lower Hutt in 2010, as an Education Advisor, ECE.

My role involves providing support to services in Tararua, Wairarapa and Lower Hutt and I am the first point of contact for services in Tararua and Wairarapa. The range of support includes licensing, SELO and advice about all aspects of ensuring early learning for tamariki in a wide variety of settings. The beginning of lifelong learning is the time to enable and empower positive learning experiences that are specific to individual tamariki and whānau. I am passionate about supporting services to achieve these learning experiences, and continuing to build strong relationships across the wider ECE community.

In my spare time I have fun with my family, catching up and exploring the natural world, especially with my 2 grandchildren (and dog), catching up with friends and spending time in the garden.

You can contact me at marnie.hainsworth@education.govt.nz or call 04 463 7575.

Nāku noa nā

Erika Ross
Director of Education for Wellington
Phone: 04 463 8668
Mobile: 027 509 0430
Email: erika.ross@education.govt.nz

Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast regional news

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

I encourage you all to attend the Early Learning Strategic Plan consultation meetings to be held in our region. This is an opportunity to help shape the vision for Early Childhood Education over the next 10 years.

The meeting dates and locations are available on the Education Conversation website and you can register to attend the hui through this page.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Ministry of Education licensing application cut-off dates and regional office Christmas closure

Please note the following key dates for licensing over the Christmas period:

  • To licence a new service: by the end of January 2019.
  • Deadline for completed applications: Friday 7 December 2018.
  • To amend a licence: prior to 4 January 2019.
  • Deadline for completed applications: Friday 14 December 2018.

If you have your completed documentation submitted by these dates, it is likely we can meet your expectations of opening or changing your operation in the New Year.

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) during January or early February 2019. Please email: gwen.gilmore@education.govt.nz.

All Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Offices will be closed from Saturday 22 December and are re-opening on Thursday 3 January 2019.

Staff update

We farewell Kellie Warren, who has been a member of the Early Childhood team supporting licensed services over the last 2 years. We wish her well in her new role with the Nelson Tasman Kindergarten Association.

Gwen Gilmore will continue to be your Education Advisor for licensed services and can be contacted at gwen.gilmore@education.govt.nz or on 03 539 1532.

For playgroup advice please continue to contact Elizabeth Hamilton at elizabeth.hamilton@education.govt.nz or on 03 539 1504.

Early Reading Together programme

The Ministry of Education supports the delivery of the Early Reading Together® programme within the early learning sector. The programme comprises a series of 3 workshops, especially designed for parents/carers of babies to 5 year olds, and strongly supports language development through encouraging a rich oral language environment.

More information about the programme can be found on the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website.

Reading Together® and Early Reading Together® - TKI website(external link)

If your early learning service or community-based group is interested in offering Early Reading Together®, please contact Jane Chesworth, Reading Together Advisor for the Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast area at: jane.chesworth@education.govt.nz.

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

Canterbury regional news

Kia ora

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

The draft Ten Year Strategic Plan for Early Learning is now available for consultation. The draft plan is intended to set the direction for early learning over the next 10 years and I encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to provide your response to this. There are a number of hui about the Strategic Plan taking place in our region in the next months, which you can register to attend through the Education Conversation website.

A number of other reviews have recently closed or will be reaching their conclusion, with drafts scheduled to be released for consultation. Please remember to regularly visit the Education Conversation website where you will find information about current consultation and how you can contribute.

Education Conversation website(external link)

Ministry of Education Christmas close down and licensing application cut-off dates

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, I thought it would be useful to advise you of the cut-off dates for submitting applications into the Christchurch office for licensing new services during January 2019. Our office will be closed from 5pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and will re-open on Monday 7 January 2019. Should you need us for any urgent matters while we are closed then please do contact us on the Traumatic Incident Support phone 0800 848 326.

Licensing applications for January 2019 – the Ministry of Education has a statutory responsibility to make a decision on a licensing application within 30 working days of receiving a complete application. A ‘complete application’ means that all documents to support the application, as listed on the EC/8, EC/1C or EC/1HB form, have been submitted and this needs to happen before a visit date can be confirmed. Any application for licensing needs to be submitted at least 30 working days prior to the date which you wish it to be effective from.

To licence a new service by the end of January a complete application needs to be received in our office by 3 December 2018 or at least 30 working days prior to when you wish the new licence or amendment to take effect. 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: ece.canterbury@education.govt.nz.

If an application is received outside these timeframes we cannot guarantee a licensing decision will be made by your ideal opening date. Please contact one of our Education Advisors should you have any questions about this.

Congratulations

We welcome the following early learning services who have joined the network of provision in Canterbury between January and the beginning of November this year.

Licensed services

  • Kindercare Aidenfield
  • Annabel’s Educare – West Melton
  • Sweet Pea
  • He Manu Hou Trust
  • Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays (replacing Mt Pleasant)
  • Grow Active Balfour Terrace
  • Little Blue Penguin Preschool and Nursery
  • Learning Bee Montessori.

Certificated playgroups

  • Templeton Tots
  • Makikihi Mobile Kindergarten.

Celebrations

Two Christchurch early learning services celebrated significant birthdays in November. Congratulations to both of you and thank you for sharing your celebrations with us.

Avonside Early Childhood Centre’s 75th birthday

One of Christchurch’s oldest pre-schools, the not-for-profit, community-run Avonside Early Childhood Centre celebrated its 75th year of offering quality education to tamariki with a day of fun activities for children past and present on Saturday 3 November.

The centre started life in 1943 as the Avonside Girls’ High Nursery School, offering day care to working mothers. Established by pioneering psychologist, Doreen Dolton, the pre-school also gave high school students an opportunity to observe and take part in the care of children. There was a brief hiatus in the mid-1970s when the centre closed, and then ran as a playgroup, before re-licensing.

“Like many pre-schools in the city’s east we struggled with numbers in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 earthquakes which forced a number of our families from the area. Thanks to the ongoing support of our community our roll is now healthier than ever, putting us in a great position to serve this area for another 75 years,” said Senior Teacher, Sue Downey.

Avonside Early Childhood Centre’s 75th birthday gathering
Back row: Deb Andrews - Teacher, Sue Downey - Centre Manager / Senior Teacher,
Jude Fitzgibbon - former Teacher, Trish Martin - Teacher, Sarah McLaughlin - Teacher.

Front row:Gay Averis - former Senior Teacher, Ganguly Alapati - Student,
Stephanie Dunbar - Student, Rosalie Chang - Relieving Teacher.

40 wonderful years at the Educational Child Care Centre (ECCC)

In 1978, the ECCC opened its doors for the first time with four staff members and 21 children on the roll. The centre had previously been part of Avonside Girls’ High School, but in 1977 the school board decided to close the centre and it ran briefly as a playgroup (refer to the story above). Staff and parents, most of whom were school teachers, decided to try and establish their own high quality centre and so a committee was formed and the planning began. In the summer of 1977, the premises on Gayhurst Road were leased from the Indian Association. Early in 1978, 15 parents and 3 staff committed to the centre and each lent $100 and paid their fees a year in advance to finance the establishment of the centre. The ECCC, a not-for-profit, community early learning service was conceived.

In 1979, the first children under 2 started at the centre. With the help of a number of grants, including from Telethon and the Christchurch City Council, equipment for the nursery was purchased. At that time, the Ministry of Health gave a small amount of funding to help with wages and running costs. The ECCC has continued to serve the community with the same philosophy as when it was founded – high quality education and care with relationships at the foundation.

The centre celebrated its 40th birthday with an event on Saturday 10 November. Some past families who were unable to attend sent emails of congratulations and remembrance – with one past parent writing:

“It's great that an excellent early childcare centre has provided quality education for so long. Remaining child-centred and not-for-profit are two of the qualities I appreciated. Plus care for the whole family.”

Pam Golding, a Management Committee member from the 1980s, wrote: “Poipoia te kakano kia puawai (Nurture the seed and it will blossom).

“ECCC was managed by a parent committee long before ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’. This investment of time and personal commitment did more than ensure the successful running of the centre. Because of the supportive and inclusive family atmosphere established right from the beginning, long-term friendships and relationships have been established between parents, children and teachers. Long-term staff members still ask about my 31-year-old daughter. My adult children still hug their former teachers when they see them. Friendships established as toddlers are still maintained today.

“Our children and now our grandchildren have been loved and nurtured at the ECCC. The consistent employment of fully-trained staff and the low teacher-child ratios allows individual needs, including emotional, educational and even medical, to be supported. Staff not only know their students well, they know the whole family.

“The fact that the ECCC remains successful in this changing era of childcare is testament to the strong values established in the beginning, and to the staff who maintain the development of the many aspects of child-centred learning.”

Head Teacher, Sarah Matenga, said: “Like so many others in Canterbury the centre was severely affected by the earthquakes. After running with portaloos for nearly a year, and a further 2 years of arguing with insurers over whether we were a repair or a rebuild, we finally got our answer and in 2014 with the support of the Ministry of Education we were on the move. We temporarily relocated to an old closed down school and 10 months later we were back in our brand new centre. With a wonderful grand opening and ribbon cutting with the Mayor we were once again home! Surrounded by acres and acres of red zone and a bright new beginning."

40 year celebrations at Educational Child Care Centre (ECCC)
Past and present committee and staff members at the celebration.

Back row, left to right: Nicola Forrester, Kirsten Oates, Kerry-Ann Manson,
Louise Silvester.

Front row, left to right: Jill O'Brien, Alison MacDuff, Evelyn Knott,
Gwenda Catley, Veronica Chatwin, Emma Golding, Sarah Matenga, Abby Savage.

Futures Network hui dates

As this Bulletin was written before I attended the hui on 13 November, a report from that will be in next month’s issue.

Dates for 2019

The dates for the 2019 Futures Network hui have been set as:

  • Tuesday 19 March 9.30–11.30am
  • Tuesday 18 June 9.30–11.30am
  • Tuesday 1 October 9.30–11.30am
  • Tuesday 3 December 9.30–11.30am.

Please put these in your diary now. The hui on 1 October will be in the term break. We are trialling whether holding the hui in term breaks makes a difference to who is able to attend. All hui are held in the Conference Room, Te Uruti, 48 Hereford Street, Christchurch.

Futures Network Christchurch on Facebook(external link)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any ideas or issues. You can always call me on 03 378 7345, 0274 200 251 or email me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Enjoy this month’s Bulletin.

Mā te wā

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

Otago-Southland regional news

Director’s message

Kia ora koutou and warm Pasifika greetings.

It has been a busy month – with a number of Kōrero Mātauranga engagements occurring and some winding down. The Kōrero Mātauranga short survey has now closed and a short consultation on the Disability and Learning Support Action Plan has been completed.

Thank you to those that have contributed as part of these processes. We have also heard the voices of Māori and Pacific families and whānau through wananga and fono hosted in the region. I have included a short summary of the Māori wananga below, as well as a reminder about the Early Learning Strategic Plan.

It’s great to hear that after running a successful professional learning hui this year, Pioneers is planning to run another on 29 and 30 March 2019. Like this year, Pioneers will open this up for the wider early learning sector, with registrations opening in late January 2019. Thanks to Penel and her team for running this again and for alerting us early.

This month we welcome our newest licensed service, The Blue Duck Winton, and also celebrate the success of Kotoku, a multi-ethnic playgroup in Dunedin supported by Wild Things.

He Taonga Te Tamaiti - Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning

The new draft Strategic Plan is open for consultation for early learning and will set the high-level direction and vision for the next 10 years. We will be hosting a series of hui across the region, starting with Dunedin on 17 December. Other meetings will be held in Oamaru, Invercargill, Gore, Cromwell and another in Dunedin, early in the new year. You can register to attend and find out more information about the strategic plan through the Education Website. We hope to have as many as possible attend to hear your thoughts and views.

Early Learning Strategic Plan - Education Conversation website(external link)

Māori engagement wānanga

In early October we hosted Māori engagement wānanga in Dunedin and Invercargill. These were part of Kōrero Mātauranga and an opportunity for whānau to share their education stories, values, what should change and how we should change it – so that we can ensure even greater success for all Māori in education.

Over 60 whānau, including some organisations, attended the 2 sessions and shared their experiences with our teams. We heard real examples of inequity but also clear messages about what could make a difference and what worked well. The feedback gathered will contribute to the Education Work Programme, as well as help inform the refresh of Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo.

New early learning Service – The Blue Duck Winton

Earlier this month Winton’s second all day licensed early learning service opened. The Blue Duck Winton is licensed for 65 children, with 20 under-2s. It is a purpose-built centre with 2 beautiful, spacious learning rooms designed to meet the specific development needs of the children, and an expansive outdoor area providing a safe but challenging space for them to explore and discover as they grow and learn.

The Blue Duck is committed to providing a programme that balances the interests of the child together with the aspirations of the parents. The programme is varied and flexible on a day-to-day basis, developing the curiosities of children. They offer a range of learning opportunities to engage tamariki in a well-resourced, creative and inspiring environment.

This is owners Tina and Hayden Hardie’s second early learning service, following a successful first year for The Blue Duck Te Anau. Our team look forward to hearing about how the first children settle into their new environment and continue their learning journey.

Kotuku multi-ethnic playgroup – Wild Things supported playgroup

Kotuku is a supported playgroup established in 2017 for Arab former refugee families in Dunedin. The name Kotuku was chosen with reference to the bird that Māori say is a traveller who came to New Zealand and chose to stay. The group focuses on promoting language and culture and is overseen by a facilitator from the former refugee community. Kotuku meets over a shared lunch (a central aspect of Arab culture) and brings the community together for events such as the Eid celebrations.

The value of Kotuku is expressed by the playgroup facilitator, Lama Tarawia, on behalf of the families:

“Kotuku is for Arab refugee and immigrant families with their children who are 0-5 years.
Our small environment focuses on children’s languages (Arabic and English) and culture development in a fun and active playing time for mothers, children, the playgroup facilitator and community members who support it.

“Kotuku helps our mothers and their children to build social relationships with each other and New Zealand community members, and it helps both sides learn about the differences between New Zealand culture and Arab culture.

Kotuku multi-ethnic playgroup in session

This month we began a new activity to help mothers improve their English skills with English conversation class that gives mothers greater confidence with their language and social skills.

“Kotuku means a lot for these mothers and their children – a space where they can express themselves and be ready to deal with New Zealand culture and early childhood education. At the same time this group offers them the opportunity to meet each other because most of them live in different areas.

“The Kotuku playgroup helps these families and children a lot in their resettlement in a new country with a new culture and to create new social relationships.”
Please contact me if you wish to discuss any issues or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ngā mihi mahana

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

Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback