Early Learning Regional News - December 2019
Regional News updates for December 2019 from the Directors of Education for each Ministry of Education region.
- Tai Tokerau regional news
- Auckland regional news
- Waikato regional news
- Bay of Plenty, Waiariki regional news
- Hawke’s Bay, Tairāwhiti regional news
- Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū regional news
- Wellington regional news
- Nelson, Marlborough, West coast regional news
- Canterbury | Chatham Islands regional news
- Otago, Southland regional news
Meri Kirihimete, kia haumaru, kia hākoakoa o koutou katoa hararē – Merry Christmas, wishing you all a safe and happy holiday.
We are in the final few weeks before the festive period starts and I am sure you are looking forward to a well-earned break with whānau and friends.
As I reflect on the past year, there have been a number of incredible achievements along with challenges in Te Tai Tokerau and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your continued dedication to do the very best for our tamariki, mokopunga o Te Tai Tokerau.
Congratulations Nurture by Nature Early Childhood Centre, Kerikeri
Congratulations Nurture by Nature Early Childhood Centre, Kerikeri on receiving a Well Placed report from the Education Review office (ERO).
ERO noted that your team has excelled to establish effective partnerships with whānau and foster a high level of collaboration that supports increased participation of all who are involved in the service. They also identified as a strength of the service, the centres’ Treaty-based and bicultural practices that support Māori children to experience success as Māori.
Te Manawa Tahi - Learning Support Service Delivery Model
Next year marks a new chapter for Te Manawa Tahi, our Learning Support Delivery Model. On 1 January 2020, Te Manawa Tahi will be the official Learning Support model operating across our region. We will be embedding the model further, making adjustments to ensure it is working for our tamariki and whānau.
This journey has taken two years of co-designing with communities, parents and whānau commencing in July 2017 – from Te Kao to Wellsford, coast to coast. Our collective goal was to create a service that was truly child centred focused on the needs of our tamariki.
We are very grateful for all the feedback we have received from schools, early learning services, hapu and Iwi, parents, whānau and the wider community for hosting our teams and contributing to shaping Te Manawa Tahi.
Te Arahi is now flying the flag for Te Manawa Tahi across the region on any given day - One Heart – the child at the centre of everything we do.
E Tū Otangarei whānau event
Te Hau Āwhiowhio ō Otangarei Trust organised E Tū Otangarei whānau event on Saturday 23 November. The day was fully packed with entertainment, guest speakers, tug-o-war, games, rides and kai for whānau with a free hangi.
The day was full of excitement and there was a great turnout of whānau with whānau wellbeing being the focus of this new event.
The Super Māori Fullas, a group of bikers who are strong supporters of the community, attended the event spreading messages of support to whānau and inspiring the next generation.
Māori Language Festivals - Celebrating Te Reo Māori
There will be a series of small Pop-up Reo Festivals that will be taking place in four locations in the Te Tai Tokerau region this summer.
The festivals are aimed at whānau and visitors alike and will include a stage with fun entertainment and interactive activities with stalls. The festival will be a full immersion Māori environment with Te Reo Māori the only language spoken and to support attendees who may not be fluent there will be resources available.
The pop-up Reo Festival dates are:
- 14 Jan 2020 Kaitaia
- 5 Feb 2020 Waitangi Sports Field, Waitangi
- 7 March 2020 Lindvart Park, Kaikohe
Whangaruru Festival – Thursday 7 November
We were fortunate to be invited to attend and have a stall at Toku Pa Harakeke cultural festival at Whangaruru School.
It was a fantastic day and a wonderful opportunity for us to kōrero with whānau about Te Manawa Tahi, our new Learning Support Delivery Model. We had a great audience with the opportunity to talk to a number of the whānau, teachers, early learning services, principals and of course the gorgeous tamariki. ‘Oat the Goat’ was a real hit as evidenced by the fact that we came back with very few resources. Acknowledgements and thanks to the whānau of Whangaruru School.
Tomorrow’s School Review
The Government has now released a report detailing its reforms to the Tomorrow’s School system. Changes will support the Government’s five priorities for education:
- Learners at the centre of education – Learners/ākonga with their whānau are at the centre of education;
- Barrier free access - Great education opportunities and outcomes are within reach for every learner/ākonga;
- Quality teaching and leadership - Quality teaching and leadership make the difference for learners/ākonga and their whānau;
- Future of learning and work - Learning that is relevant to the lives of New Zealanders today and throughout their lives; and
- World-class inclusive public education - New Zealand education is trusted and sustainable.
The full report is available below.
Christmas break - Ministry offices
All Ministry offices will close from 4 pm on Tuesday, 24 December.
- Whangarei office will reopen on 6 January 2020.
- Kerikeri and Kaitaia office will reopen on 13 January 2020
On behalf of the Tai Tokerau Team, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
Ngā mihi nui
Director of Education Tai Tokerau
Phone: 09 436 8914
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou mō te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou,
Season’s Greetings to you all.
This is my final update for 2019. It has been another extremely busy year, and also a very rewarding one. I am sure you will be looking forward to some time with family and friends as much as I do. I hope you have a restful and happy Christmas break and I look forward to working with all of you in 2020.
The release of He taonga te tamaiti - Every child a taonga: early learning action plan 2019-29 and the recent announcements about the reset of Tomorrow’s Schools will be top of mind for all of you. I encourage you to read the information in detail on the Education Conversation website and discuss the reset with your colleagues.
Mataara – emergency contact test
On 5 December, we ran a trial of Mataara, our new emergency contact tool, for all schools and early learning services in our region. Thank you to all that responded – we received a good rate of response and hope that this gave you an idea of what to expect in the event of a real emergency.
Following the test, our education advisors have been following up with services that either didn’t respond or didn’t receive the message as indicated by our system. If you didn’t receive a message and haven’t had any follow up, please contact us so we can ensure the information we have for your service is accurate.
Mataara is continuing to be refined as we use it through real events and tests. We’ll keep you updated as this work progresses.
Reminder: Service Provider Contact and Emergency Contact
- 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.
Traumatic Incidents – Call 0800 848 326 (0800 TI TEAM)
A reminder that our Traumatic Incidents team will continue to be available throughout the Christmas Break.
In the event of any traumatic incident, we are available to work closely with early childhood services, kōhanga reo, kura and schools to support you to manage the incident and help you continue your day-to-day operations.
Traumatic incidents have been broadly defined as events that:
- cause sudden and/or significant disruption to the operation or effective operation of a school, early learning service and/or community
- have the potential to affect a large number of children, young people and/or staff
- create significant dangers or risks to the physical and emotional wellbeing of children, young people or persons within a community
- attract media attention or a public profile for the early childhood learning service or school as a result of these incidents.
Our Traumatic Incident team can be contacted anytime - 7 days a week 24 hours a day.
Feel free to contact me through my details below.
Ngā mihi nui
Director of Education Auckland
Phone: 09 632 9333
E rau rangatira mā tēnā koutou katoa i tēnei wāhanga o te tau.
He Māpuna te Tamaiti: Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning – new resource for early learning services
You would have read in last month’s bulletin and will probably have received a copy of He Māpuna te Tamaiti: Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning. This is an exciting new education resource that supports kaiako to develop the social and emotional wellbeing of young children they work with. He Māpuna te Tamaiti draws on effective practices that enhance children’s social and emotional skills, their engagement and learning. The resource supports all types of early learning services, including home-based care, nga Kōhanga Reo, playgroups, as well as junior classes in schools.
An electronic version of He Māpuna te Tamaiti is available on the TKI website. Further resources to support the use of He Māpuna te Tamaiti will be available soon on Te Whāriki online so keep an eye out.
As well as linking with Te Whāriki and supporting culturally responsive practice, He Māpuna te Tamaiti directly relates to centre-based licensing criteria C10 Behaviour management. If you are considering reviewing your positive guidance policy this resource will be an excellent place to begin.
Staff contact details
If you have any ECE enquiries please contact anyone of the advisers in our Hamilton office.
|Team member||Contact details|
|Mere Lawson-Nuri (Manager Education, Waikato)||email@example.com|
|Phone: 07 8508960
|Phone: 07 8587172
|Phone: 07 8580127
|Phone: 07 8373127
|Phone: 07 8373156
|Phone: 07 8580126
|Phone: 07 8587140
|Phone: 07 8373117
|Phone: 07 8580120
Reminder of key dates
Our office closes for Christmas break on 24th December 2019 and reopens on 6 January 2020.The January to June playgroup funding round opens 1st January 2020. Log in at https://ers.education.govt.nz/(external link).
If your early learning service, nga 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to receive contributions.
As this is the last He Pānui Kōhungahunga for the year, I would like to acknowledge the amazing work you and your teams have each led this year. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and relaxing break over the summer. Mā Atua koutou hei manaaki hei tiaki.
Director of Education Waikato
Phone: 07 850 8924
Kia Ora and Talofa lava
This is the final issue of He Pānui Kōhungahunga for 2019. On behalf of my team in the Ministry of Education Bay of Plenty – Waiariki region, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the great work you do to support the children and whānau in your services. Enjoy the Christmas and New Year break with whānau and loved ones and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.
Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa in Rotorua recently received a category 4 ERO report. This service also won the Excellence in Teaching and Learning category of the Prime Ministers Education Excellence Awards for 2019. Previously the kōhanga co-jointly won the Excellence in Leading category in 2017 Prime Minister’s Awards and in 2016 the kōhanga was a finalist in the Excellence in Engaging category.
ERO noted that, "Children experience meaningful relationships. Whānau model manaakitanga and tiaki at all times. Children show respect and care for each other and adults".
Oral Health Challenge Winners
Early learning services across the Eastern Bay were invited to take part in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's annual World Oral Health Day Challenge.
Whakatāne's Little Moments home-based childcare came out on top with the win! Prizes for the winners included a big box of fruit and vegetables, water bottles, toothbrushes, toothpaste, certificates and laminated activities books.
Below: Sophie and Indie from Little Moments home-based childcare showing off some of their prizes they received.
St Peters Playgroup
This month the St Peters Playgroup wanted to share a little bit about their playgroup with the rest of the sector. This Tauranga based playgroup are an active group of parents and children who meet regularly and engage in a variety of activities. They enjoy their excursions every term to different local places like the fire station and the beach. They welcome all families with children aged 0-5 and enjoy sharing morning tea together.
St Peters Playgroup Whānau!
Safety Checking for Playgroups (paid workers only)
All children’s workers who have access to children must be safety checked in accordance with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
Safety checks must be undertaken and the results obtained before the worker has access to children.
The results of the safety checks must be recorded and the record kept as long as the person is employed at the service.
Every children’s worker must be safety checked every three years. Safety checks may be carried out by the employer or another person or organisation acting on their behalf.
- A written procedure for safety checking all children’s workers before they have access to children that meets the safety checking requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014; and
- A record of all safety checks and the results.
Consistent robust safety checking helps assess whether people might pose a risk to children.
Christmas and New Year Office Dates
Our regional offices in Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatāne 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.
If you have any further queries about any licensing requirements please contact our Education Advisors:
- Gina Royal: email@example.com
- Nicole Young: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shari Brell: email@example.com
- Wendy McNamara: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Grant-Broughton: email@example.com
Director of Education Bay of Plenty – Waiariki
Phone: 07 349 8309
Mobile: 027 296 8196
Tēnā koutou katoa
This is the final bulletin for 2019, and I would like to acknowledge all the work in our early learning and kōhanga settings that you have done to not only carry on with day to day activities, but also to contribute to the numerous new initiatives and innovations that are a feature of our education system. I have also really appreciated your constructive and thoughtful input into the various consultations that have been occurring across the sector.
On behalf of the Hawke’s Bay/Tairawhiti team I wish you and your families a very happy and relaxing holiday season (when it arrives!). Take time to refresh and renew yourselves before launching into 2020.
Early Learning Action Plan
On 4 December, the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced the release of He taonga te tamaiti – Every child a taonga: Early learning action plan 2019-2029.
The action plan, which has been in development since 2018, sets the high level direction and vision for early learning for the next 10 years. The action plan outlines five interdependent objectives and 25 actions intended to work together to raise quality, improve equity and enable choice of service type.
The most significant actions relate to:
- improving adult: child ratios,
- moving towards a fully qualified teacher workforce in teacher-led centres through incentives and regulation,
- improving the consistency and levels of teacher salaries and conditions, and
- the development of a network management function for Government.
To find out more about this plan, please visit the Kōrero Mātauranga website.
Update from Cherreen Exeter, Manager Education
Thank you to everyone who attended our Ministry presentation at the Ahi Komau Early Learning Symposium in Gisborne on 10 November, and the Service Provider Contact Person hui in Napier on 12 November. Sharing our regional approach to lifting quality with approximately 90 attendees has been valuable. For those unable to attend, feel free to call us if you would like to hear about this work. By working together, it will enable us to make a significant positive difference to children and their whānau.
From the two events we gathered information on what professional learning opportunities would be valuable for services and we are now planning to incorporate these ideas into next year's SELO PLD.
In Gisborne we have been fortunate to have Claire Swann seconded as an Early Learning Education Adviser in the Gisborne office for the past few months. We want to congratulate Claire on being appointed to a Service Manager role in Gisborne. We thank Claire for her contribution to the work of the early learning team and sector during her time in the Education Adviser role. We wish her well in her new role.
Message from NZ Police
Early childhood centres are occasionally the victims of burglary and during the holidays the likelihood of this increases.
Please ensure you put in measures to protect your buildings and belongings from burglaries during this time. Some things you can consider:
- Making sure buildings are secure (no faulty latches, etc.)
- Valuables and electronic equipment is stored away securely and out of sight. (This extends to the office block as this area is frequently targeted)
- Alarms are checked to ensure they are working
- Signage is in place to show the buildings are alarmed, (and where appropriate under CCTV surveillance).
- Having up to date contact details should anyone from the centre need to be contacted
- Ensuring lighting around key areas of the centre are working.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou
Director of Education Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti
Phone: 06 831 0667
Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa
As the year draws to a close, I want to thank staff in each early learning service for your work and commitment in 2019 to help all children realise their potential. Our region’s children and young people are fortunate to have you working on their behalf. Working together, learning and supporting each other is the key to success, and I thank you for that.
Congratulations on Category 4 ERO Review
It is with pleasure that I congratulate Milverton Kindergarten for 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. Milverton Kindergarten can be very proud of this achievement.
He Māpuna te Tamaiti resource supports social and emotional wellbeing
We have released a new education resource to help kaiako and teachers support the social and emotional wellbeing of young children.
He Māpuna te Tamaiti: Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning draws on effective practices that enhance children’s social and emotional skills, and their engagement and learning. Created in collaboration with kaiako and others in the sector, it has practical and flexible strategies that provide a foundation of support and guidance for all children.
The resource material includes a book and quick tip cards to support kaiako in daily practice. It also includes a self-assessment tool for kaiako to reflect on, evaluate and develop intentional approaches.
He Māpuna te Tamaiti promotes proactive, practical and flexible strategies that cover topics like establishing consistent routines, developing care and empathy for others, building resilience, fostering peer friendships and supporting children to manage their learning.
The underlying approach is caring and culturally responsive, in line with the principles and framework of Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa. The resource supports the Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy which focuses on children learning and developing social, emotional and communication skills they need through life.
He Māpuna te Tamaiti is relevant to all early learning services, including homebased, playgroups and early childhood centres, as well as junior classes in schools.
A series of five two-minute video clips, PowerPoint and Google slides will soon be available on Te Whāriki Online to support the use of He Māpuna te Tamaiti materials. Additional copies of the resource can be ordered at www.thechair.minedu.govt.nz(external link) or phone 0800 660 662.
Over the next two weeks, all early learning services will receive a copy of the resource. An electronic version is also available on Te Whāriki Online.
MOE Office Closure Dates
All Ministry offices will close on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and re-open on Monday 6 January 2020.
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.
Have a restful and happy holiday season. I look forward to working alongside you in 2020.
Director of Education Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū
Phone: 06 349 6304
Mobile: 027 275 1450
No updates this month.
Incredible Years Programmes 2020
Incredible Years Parent
|Region||Delivered by||Programme||Contact person|
|Nelson||Delivered by Family Works Nelson||Day programme at Presbyterian Support Annesbrook Drive Nelson||Carolyn Marshall
ph: 027 223 9979
|Motueka||Delivered by Motueka Family Service Centre Motueka||Day programme at MFSC Talbot Street Motueka||Lisa Lawrence
ph: 03 528 0234
|Blenheim||Delivered by Barnardos Blenheim||Day programme at Queens Street Blenheim||Jessica Eaton
ph: 03 577 6942
|Greymouth/ Hokitika||Delivered by WestREAP Hokitika||Day programme at either a Greymouth or Hokitika venue||Kate Campbell
ph: 03 768 7435
Incredible Years Teacher
|Region||Delivered by||Location||Contact person|
|Nelson||MoE Nelson||Haven Road
ph: 03 539 1567
|Nelson||Nelson, Tasman Kindergarten Association||
ph: 03 546 7683
|Nelson||RTLB Service||Haven Road
ph: 027 544 8959
|Blenheim||RTLB Service||Yet to be confirmed||Andrea Hutchings
ph: 027 696 8432
|West Coast||Westport Kindergarten Association||Various venues (yet to deliver a course)||
Incredible Years Autism Teacher
Contact person Bernadette Cook (MoE) ph: 03 539 1516
Incredible Years Autism Parent
Contact person Phillipa Adams (MFSC) ph: 03 528 0234
Requirements around Excursions
A timely reminder around excursions for your service and the requirements of these. We find that the documentation required has parts that are being missed.
Assessment of the risks needs to occur for any location of an excursion before the trip occurs, and parents/whanau need to have sighted this alongside giving permission. This includes ‘regular excursions’ signed for on enrolment e.g. include the risk assessments (and the adult:child ratios for centre based services) as part of your enrolment pack.
The documentation that is required to be kept for centre-based early learning services, is a record of all excursions (regular and special) which include:
- the names of adults and children involved;
- the time and date of the excursion;
- the location and method of travel;
- assessment and management of risk;
- adult:child ratios;
- evidence of parental permission and approval of adult:child ratios for special excursions; and
- the signature of the Person Responsible giving approval for the excursion to take place.
The documentation that is required to be kept for home-based services, is a record of all excursions (regular and special) which includes:
- the names of adults and children involved;
- the time and date of the excursion;
- the location and method of travel;
- assessment and management of risk;
- evidence of parental permission for regular excursions at the time of enrolment; and
- evidence of parental permission for special outings or excursions.
Cultural Competency and Multi-Culturalism
The licensing criteria for ECE services C6 Culture states, "The service curriculum respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own culture and encourages children to understand and respect other cultures".
What does this look like in your early learning service? It is a 2 part requirement – recognising children’s own cultures AND supporting them to understand and respect other cultures. On some of our recent visits into early learning services, we are noticing that C6 has not always been as strong as the other curriculum areas. Furthermore, services may be evident in recognising individual cultures in portfolio books or in the environment, but encouraging children to understand and respect other cultures is not so explicit. We hope to provide some SELO opportunities in the near future around this curriculum area, but in the meantime I challenge you to review this area of your service.
If you have any further questions about either of these topics, please don’t hesitate to contact your allocated ECE Adviser. If you have not had an email introducing your allocated ECE Adviser for our Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast Region, then please email Enquiries.Nelson@education.govt.nz.
Director of Education Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast
Phone: 03 539 1536
Mobile: 027 605 2015
I wish you, your colleagues and all the families and children in your communities a wonderful holiday season. Please take time to ensure you have a restful break after what has been a busy year.
We have provided many opportunities for you to contribute to the Education Conversation and provide feedback on specific early learning reviews. Next year we intend to report back to you on the implication of these reviews for early learning services.
This is our last newsletter for the year. Our office will be closed from 5pm, Tuesday 24 December, reopening 8am, Monday 6 January 2020.
If you require any support during these times please contact the Traumatic incident support team on 0800 848 326.
Early Childhood Futures Network overview of activities in 2019
2019 has been a busy year for the Early Childhood Futures Network. Following on from the findings of our 2018 discussion paper and other happenings in our community, the theme of our meetings has been around supporting various aspects of wellbeing.
In our first meeting of the year we heard from Liz Brown, who shared the Ngāi Tahu vision of success and wellbeing, with some key education priorities highlighted. In June we heard from Lyn Jansen from STOP and Juliet Wensley outlined a journey through a difficult incident that posed struggles for the wellbeing of many in her centre community – tamariki, whanau, Kaiako, leaders, support workers and agency personnel. In our third meeting we heard from Coralanne Child about the learnings from the ‘Lockdown’ review and from Bee Williamson about what it meant in practice to nurture the wellbeing of members of a diverse centre community. Our ‘pop-up’ community notices in each meeting have become a popular way for messages and opportunities of interest to be shared. It’s been great to see agencies from the wider community beginning to take advantage of our gatherings and sharing with us.
In 2019, early childhood education gained a place on the Health and Education Steering Committee, with Viv Shearsby regularly attending. Our collaborative advocacy work has been another focus this year, with comprehensive feedback provided from our group in response to the draft Early Years Strategic Plan, the draft ERO Indicators of Quality and the draft document ‘Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders’. This work has been well received, and is helping our network gain an identity outside of our local region.
Getting together for a natter and collegial support for whatever is on top for our members on the day, remains an important aspect of every meeting. Our members tell us they look forward to and value this.
We look forward to another year of collaborative, collective thinking, learning and sharing. If you would like to join us and be notified of forthcoming events, or just to keep in touch with what we are up to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and like our Facebook page Futures Network - Christchurch(external link).
The dates for the first two hui in 2020 are Tuesday 17 March and Tuesday 16 June – venue and times as usual. Please put these in your diary now.
UNESCO Global Citizenship Awards
The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO acknowledges education or community groups that encourage New Zealanders to become responsible and active global citizens.
They are now calling for applications for the Global Citizen Education (GCED) Award, which recognises outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organisations related to GCED. Applications close 27 March 2020.
For more information, visit the NZ National Commission for UNESCO website.
All Right? Resources
The He Waka Eke Noa resources have been translated into Arabic, Dari, Hindi, Nepali, Somali, Tigrinya and Urdu.
In tough times, we can go through a range of emotions that we work through in our own way and at our own pace, and that’s all right. He Waka Eke Noa reminds us these responses are natural and help us feel better and to move forward.
Translated posters and postcards, including Te Reo and English versions, can be ordered from the Allright website.
Resources – All right? website
It is always great to hear about what early learning services and their communities are doing. If you would like us to share any of your experiences please let me know and send in a picture.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any ideas or issues. I look forward to hearing from you.
Mā te wā
Director of Education for Canterbury | Chatham Islands
Phone: 03 378 7345
Mobile: 0274 200 251
Kia ora koutou and warm Pasifika greetings
It’s hard to believe this is the last Bulletin in what has been an incredibly busy year. Thank you for your leadership and collegiality over the year and for working with us, as we begin to implement many aspects of the Education Work Programme.
I want to thank you for the work you do every day in making a difference to the learning of the children in your early learning services. Your influence extends to the parents, families, whānau and communities you serve in striving to ensure our tamariki get the very best education and life opportunities. Early childhood education is a complex and challenging job, however at this time of the year, I hope you get some time to reflect on the positive progress of your children and enjoy the end of year celebrations.
Strengthening early learning opportunities (SELO) supports a journey of culture through Rongohia te Hau for Kindergartens South
Kindergartens South, a Kindergarten Association that consists of 23 diverse Kindergartens (rural and urban), located throughout Murihiku/Southland, has engaged in a relational and culturally responsive pedagogy journey, led by a tool called Rongohia te Hau.
Dr Mere Berryman, Professor and Director of Poutama Pounamu, is one of the founders of the Rongohia te Hau tool. This is a research-based comprehensive set of electronic tools, created by Poutama Pounamu, based at the University of Waikato. It provides schools and early learning services with the opportunity to establish a picture or snapshot of the current experience of pedagogy across an education provider. This is achieved through the triangulation of a range of data which consists of tamariki voice, whānau voice and observed evidence of current practice.
This opportunity emerged through collaboration with Invercargill Kāhui Ako. Lead Principal Stan Tiatia, helped to initiate the kōrero with Poutama Pounamu, the provider, to see if it was possible as many of the schools within the Kāhui Ako had started their Rongohia te Hau mahi. The Lead Principal, Kindergartens South Board of Governors and management team, applied for a SELO (Strengthening early learning opportunities) professional development contract through the Ministry of Education to make this possible.
One of the benefits of implementing the Rongohia te Hau tool is that the process is repeated in 12 months’ time to capture the shift in knowledge, practice and experiences to promote positive learning outcomes for Māori tamariki and whānau. In term one 2020, the whānau and kaiako surveys, as well as the observations, will again take place to measure where the snapshot finds them on the co-constructed ‘Kindergartens South Continuum of Practice’.
Kindergartens South will become the first ECE provider to take part in Rongohia te Hau nationally.
Parents as first teachers support early learning outcomes – study
New research using information collected from longitudinal child development study, Growing Up in New Zealand, has identified several factors which are crucial to children’s early learning outcomes.
The research, funded by the Ministry of Social Development’s Children and Families Research Fund, found that shared book reading and parents teaching early literacy and numeracy skills to children, were important contributors to early learning outcomes.
You can read the full report on the Ministry of Development website.
Available grants for early learning teachers
If you’re working towards an early childhood teaching qualification, these grants could help you.
Learning Support Study Awards
Learning Support Study Awards support teachers (in early learning services and schools), who are undertaking specific postgraduate courses to support learners with additional learning needs.
To find out more go to Learning Support Study Awards and Scholarships.
TeachNZ Māori-Medium Bilingual Education Study Award
This award is for teachers and principals. It lets them take study leave to improve their te reo Māori and their skills as a bilingual or immersion teacher. The award pays for relief while the person is on study leave, and it contributes to the course fees.
Go to the TeachNZ website(external link) to find out more.
Scholarships are available in a variety of fields. These generally cover fees and pay an allowance for the study period.
Go to the TeachNZ website(external link) to find out more.
Office closures and contacts over the holiday break
All three of our offices – Dunedin, Invercargill and Cromwell will be open until Tuesday, 24 December 2019, before closing for the Christmas period and reopening on Monday 6 January 2020.
The traumatic incident phone will be covered also over the holiday break – contact is as per usual – 0800 848 326 (0800 TI Team).
Meri Kirihimete and season’s greetings from all the team here at the Ministry of Education. We hope you all have a well-earned break over the festive season and enjoy time with your whānau and friends. We look forward to reconnecting with you in the New Year and continuing to work together to ensure excellence and equitable outcomes across all early learning services in our region.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss any issues or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.
Ngā mihi mahana
Director of Education Otago-Southland
Direct dial: 03 471 5217
Mobile: 027 836 484
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