Early Learning Regional News - May 2017

Regional News updates for May 2017 from the Directors of Education for each Ministry of Education region.

Te Tai Tokerau regional news

Tēnā koutou katoa

Term 2 already and we move out of the amazing autumn crispness into the winter term. Take care and keep warm.

Warm welcome

A warm welcome to He Manawa Pioke, a new whānau co-operative playgroup operating from Awanui School, Far North and Te Taonga o Taku Ngakāu, a new playgroup run by Plunket from the Otangarei marae in Whangarei.

New staff

Introducing new Learning Support staff (previously known as Special Education) below. The team looks forward to opportunities to meet with early learning services.

  • Manager Learning Support – Dr Jozsef Ekart has been appointed into this role and comes to the Ministry from the health sector. Many of you will have worked with Rose Cameron who was previously in this position. She has moved to a National Practice and Implementation lead role.
  • Learning Support Service Manager – Colleen Tinsley is joining the team in the role that Huingangutu Taylor-Wi Neera previously held. She will work alongside Carol Ashton, Tony Hassan and Naumai Taurua-King.
  • Practice and Implementation Advisor – Lynda Young, who many of you will know from the work she is already involved in within Learning Support, has accepted this new position.

Communities of Learning | Kahui Ako

The ECE team will keep services up to date with Kāhui Ako progress. Early learning services may connect with schools and kura at any time about being in a Kāhui Ako whether membership is formalised or not. If you would like to know more in the interim please contact one of the ECE team.

Kindergarten Conference: From Neurons to Neighbourhoods

To be held on 20-21 July 2017. Go to the Northland Kindergarten Association website for details on their 2017 conference: www.northlandkindergartens.org.nz (external link) . Inspiring keynote speakers and workshops are being offered.

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

Auckland regional news

Kia ora koutou

Welcome back to our first Bulletin for Term 2. For many of our schools and early learning centres, the end of Term 2 was a very soggy and stressful time. We thank all of you who dealt with the wet weather and consequent closures for your professional and calm approaches. For those of you who are still dealing with the aftermath of water damage, we will do all we can to support you through this process.

Te Whāriki 2017 workshop dates

The updated Te Whāriki better reflects today’s early learning contexts and the learning interests and aspirations of children and their whānau. It includes 2 documents in one: Te Whāriki: He Whāriki Mātauranga Mō Ngā Mokopuna o Aotearoa Early Childhood Curriculum and Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo.

All early learning services and their stakeholders will be distributed copies of Te Whāriki, parent pamphlets and posters by May 2017. Electronic copies of these documents, and more information about the update, can be found on our website.

The Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust will be working directly with kōhanga reo to support the implementation of the updated Te Whāriki a Te Kōhanga Reo.

CORE Education will be working on behalf of the Ministry of Education to support the implementation of the updated Te Whāriki – He Whāriki Mātauranga Mō Ngā Mokopuna o Aotearoa Early Childhood Curriculum. Details of the Auckland workshops with a link to register are below. These workshops are free of charge. Those workshops with an asterisk (*) will also be streamed online for those who cannot attend in person.

LocationVenueDate and timeCORE registration link
Central Crowne Plaza Monday 26 June
1.30-4.30pm*
http://e.core-ed.org/r/457/4 (external link)
East Waipuna Conference Centre Tuesday 27 June
1-4pm
http://e.core-ed.org/r/470/4 (external link)
North Shore Fairway Conference Centre Tuesday 27 June
6-9pm
http://e.core-ed.org/r/458/4 (external link)
West Quality Hotel Lincoln Green Wednesday 28 June
1-4pm*
http://e.core-ed.org/r/478/4 (external link)
South Vodafone Events Centre Wednesday 28 June
6-9pm
http://e.core-ed.org/r/469/4 (external link)

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako Update

As of 11 April, 5 new Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako have been approved and an additional 5 schools have joined existing communities. This brings the total number of approved Kāhui Ako in Auckland to 48, and the total number of schools and kura in a Kāhui Ako to 367. If you would like to find out more about how early learning services can engage with local Kāhui Ako there is some excellent information on our website (external link) and also in the Education Gazette (external link) .

New Learning Support delivery model

In early April, 30 Kāhui Ako representatives attended a Ministry workshop focused on understanding the new Learning Support structure and roles, and sharing Auckland responses to the update so far. Heather Mackie, who has recently joined the Ministry as Deputy Director Learning Support, facilitated discussion around the following points:

  • What would successful engagement look like, from your perspective?
  • What are the collective challenges we will need to address?
  • What do we know about what would be needed to deliver in a new model?

Heather went away with a lot of material to work with, and we look forward to working through the issues and questions that were raised, and engaging with more schools and Kāhui Ako as the changes are progressed.

Learning Support
Learning Support Service Managers Steve Tanner, Lesley Whitehead and Eng Leong Lim.

A key milestone in our transition to the new Learning Support structure has been reached, with all 3 Learning Support Service Managers on board as of 26 April.

Steve Tanner will be based at our Maungawhau office. He has extensive experience in leading teams managing a wide range of services for children, including special educational needs. Steve has recently relocated to Auckland from the UK.

Lesley Whitehead will remain based at the Botany office. Lesley’s previous role was acting District Manager for Manukau. She has been with the Ministry since 2007, and has contributed significantly to the establishment of the Children’s Team in Counties Manukau.

Eng Leong Lim will be based across the Henderson and Albany offices. His previous position was as RTLB Cluster Manager for Central West Auckland and his background is in teaching and educational psychology.

Our Learning Support Service Managers and their teams of field staff are in the process of realigning to our 6 geographic areas so that we can work together to better meet the needs of early childhood centres, schools, students and Kāhui Ako. This change will occur gradually, with teams confirmed by the end of Term 2. As we want to manage this with the least disruption to the sector and our staff we have set the goal of all practitioners fully operating in their final geographic areas by the end of Term 4.

Staff update

This month we are welcoming a few new faces, congratulating staff who have moved into new roles, and also bidding farewell to a number of staff members.

First, I would like to welcome and introduce you to Auckland’s new Principal Advisor, Vivien Knowles. Viv has worked in various roles in our office for a number of years, most recently in a national role as Implementation and Practice Lead. The Principal Advisor role is a new one that arose out of our Learning Support changes and Viv is looking forward to being in an Auckland-focused role once again.

Four new Senior Education Advisors have joined our team recently:

  • Christine van der Loos in the North Auckland team and Takangaroa Herbert in the Central Auckland team – both with a schools focus
  • Jayshree Das-Tracey has joined the South Auckland team and Deborah Wansborough the Central Auckland team – these 2 roles are both early learning focused.

Children's Team visits ECE breakfasts

Last month the Ministry hosted 2 ECE Cluster Breakfasts in Manurewa and Papakura. The breakfasts were well attended and offered a great opportunity to communicate with the early learning sector and give an update on the Counties Manukau Children’s Team. Both occasions were also a way to celebrate the work that professionals and practitioners have been doing in transforming the way members of the Children’s Team work together to ensure tamariki are thriving, engaged in education and belong to a successful, resilient whānau.

The guest speaker was Liz Thomas, Director of the Counties Manukau Children’s Team, who provided an overview of the team and importantly how to refer children if centres have concerns over a child’s safety and wellbeing. Participants have reported that they found the breakfasts very valuable and would be keen to participate in similar events in the future. This was a great way for us to keep early learning services connected and informed about our work and we hope to be able to offer more of these breakfasts in the future.

This month’s manager profile

Ted Benton
Ted Benton, Education Manager, South

Ted joined the Ministry of Education in February 2016 after 21 years as a secondary school principal at Glenfield College (2006-2015) and Northcote College (1995-2006) on Auckland’s North Shore. He has held teaching positions at Papakura High School, Howick College and Dargaville High School. Ted was a teaching principal. Teaching a class helped to ensure that as a professional leader he kept up to date with pedagogical changes and could lead by example. In the first half of his career his main teaching subject was economics but in more recent years he has taught te reo Māori, business studies and maths. Ted is committed to putting students first and knows that the quality of the relationship between teacher and student is vital to learning. He is delighted to be able to continue to serve the sector.

Ted is currently the chair of Harbour Sport and for many years chaired trusts which ran the Project K youth programme across Auckland. He was the chair of the Auckland Secondary Schools Centre’s Management Committee until the end of last year and is a Rotarian. Ted is married to Vicki and between them they have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

NZ Sign Language Week

NZ Sign Language Week was celebrated this year from 8 to 12 May. This week celebrates one of New Zealand’s official languages, raises awareness about the deaf community, and provides an opportunity for deaf people to promote their language and culture. This is the 11th anniversary of NZ Sign Language (NZSL) becoming an official language of New Zealand.

To mark this event, this week we are highlighting the important role that early childhood education (ECE) plays in the promotion and development of early communication skills through NZSL.

Children from Kelston Deaf Education Centre
Children from Kelston Deaf Education Centre

In Auckland, the Kelston Deaf Education Centre offers a specialist preschool which supports the development of spoken language and NZSL in a bilingual and inclusive setting. Those enrolled are children who are deaf/hard of hearing, their hearing siblings, Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs), and those with a connection to the adult deaf community. The curriculum draws on the individual experiences of each child and their family to deliver a diverse cultural and linguistic programme consistent with the national ECE curriculum – Te Whāriki. The programme is supported by adults who are fluent in English and NZSL, and who work alongside children to promote confidence and competence in all languages.

In 2016, staff from KDEC successfully applied for funding to create the Te Manawa Playgroup to meet the needs of families living in South East Auckland. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Education Advisor on Deaf Children (AoDC) service, the Hearing House and First Signs Programme delivered by Deaf Aotearoa, it will continue throughout 2017. The ‘Stay and Play’ philosophy targets the skills of parents as language models for their child and the ability to form a parent support network setting for children who are deaf, for their hearing siblings, and for CODAs.

We would be delighted to share your stories of how you and your tamariki celebrated NZ Sign Language Week. Send your stories to kat.ashmead@education.govt.nz.

New services

A big welcome to the new early childhood services which have been licensed or certified in Auckland from the end of January through to the end of April. These are set out below.

Services newly licensed since January:

  • Happy Kids at Home Childcare (home-based)
  • Atamai Education & Care (home-based)
  • Magic Land Educare Centre (Albany)
  • The Toy Maker's Cottage Preschool (Grey Lynn)
  • Hill Park Preschool (Pokeno)
  • Bright Way Childcare (home-based)
  • Peter Pan Childcare (Mangere)
  • Pohutukawa Kindergarten (Glendowie)
  • Divine Foundation Home Base (home-based)
  • Kauri Kids (Stanmore Bay)
  • Precious Years Learning Centre (Birkenhead)
  • Choicekids Mahia Rd (Manurewa)
  • Vintage Kids (One Tree Hill)
  • Edukids (East Tamaki)
  • Precious Kidz (home-based)
  • Kea Kids Childcare Vine Street (Mangere)
  • Star Kids Childcare (Manurewa)
  • Scribbles Early Education Centre (Mt Roskill)
  • Happi ECE (home-based)
  • KINZ (Orewa).

Playgroups newly certificated since January:

  • Glendene Playgroup
  • My Garden Playgroup (Henderson)
  • Dunia Bi-lingual Playgroup (Henderson)

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

Waikato regional news

Tēnā koutou katoa

I hope that you are all well as we begin to head in to the chillier months of the year. I have 2 things to update you about this month. First, Te Whāriki has been launched and I would encourage you to go online and check out the awesome materials that are available. You can go here (external link) for this information.

Secondly, in the last He Puna Kōhungahunga – Early Learning Bulletin (external link) I introduced you to the changes we are making to ensure we provide the best service for children with additional learning needs.

Paul Mitchell, Manager Learning Support

I am pleased to let you know that Paul Mitchell has started as the Manager Learning Support. Many of you will already know him through his work in the education field and wider community and we feel really lucky to have him come and work at the Ministry of Education. Please feel free to get in touch with him at paul.mitchell@education.govt.nz.

Introducing our Learning Support Service Managers

I would also like to introduce you to the team that helps him to make this service happen. They are our important Learning Support Service Managers. You can read a bit more about them below and the geographical areas of the Waikato that they are responsible for.

Kuvern Kisten-Nair – Waikato North (Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Te Kauwhata, Morrinsville and North Eastern Suburbs of Hamilton City)

Kuvern Kisten-Nair – Waikato North (Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Te Kauwhata, Morrinsvil

Kia ora. My name is Kuvern Kisten-Nair and I have the privilege of being the manager to a group of fantastic, highly-skilled people in the Waikato North team. I have been with the Ministry of Education since 2005 when I relocated from South Africa. I live in Hamilton with my husband and 2 children.

I have a very busy life working full time and being a mum to very demanding teenagers, but I do find the time to do some of the things that I enjoy, ie, music, shopping, reading, walking (when I can fit it in), going to the movies and watching TV. Feel free to contact me with any queries at kuvern.kisten-nair@education.govt.nz. I am looking forward to catching up with all of you.

Neil Bleaken – Hamilton City East (Hillcrest, Hamilton East, Claudelands and Fairfield)

Neil Bleaken – Hamilton City East (Hillcrest, Hamilton East, Claudelands and Fai

Kia ora koutou. I’m Neil Bleaken and Service Manager of the Hamilton City East Learning Support Team. Our team consists of a group of specialist service providers who work with children and young people and their whānau and teachers in the Hillcrest, Hamilton East, Claudelands and Fairfield areas.

Earlier in my career I was a teacher but I have worked for the Ministry of Education in more recent years. I enjoy the opportunities my job provides to talk with parents and teachers and look forward to catching up with those of you I have yet to meet. Please feel free to contact me with any queries at neil.bleaken@education.govt.nz.

Sue Irwin – Waikato South (Tokoroa, Putaruru, Cambridge and Matamata)

Sue Irwin – Waikato South (Tokoroa, Putaruru, Cambridge and Matamata)

Kia ora. I am the Service Manager of the Waikato South East team. My team provides service to early childhood centres and schools in the Tokoroa, Putaruru, Cambridge and Matamata areas. I have a teaching and counselling background and am a registered psychologist.

I took up the position of Service Manager in the Waikato in 2005 and, other than 3 and a half years in Auckland and Wellington on secondment, have been here ever since. I find my job rewarding seeing children and young people working toward their potential with collaborative support from our services, whānau and school/centres. You can contact me at sue.irwin@education.govt.nz.

Vicky Sayer – Hamilton City West (western side of Hamilton City)

Vicky Sayer – Hamilton City West (western side of Hamilton City)

Hello! My name is Vicky Sayer. I’ve had the privilege of being a Service Manager in Hamilton since moving from Gisborne in 2006. I work in the Hamilton City West Team. Our team includes speech-language therapists, a psychologist, special education advisors, an advisor on deaf children, early intervention teachers, and half-shares of a physiotherapist and occupational therapist. You can contact me at vicky.sayer@education.govt.nz.

Peter Reid – Waikato South West (Raglan, Ohaupo, Te Awamutu and surrounds down to Taumarunui and across to Kawhia)

Peter Reid – Waikato South West (Raglan, Ohaupo, Te Awamutu and surrounds down t

I am Peter Reid, Service Manager for a Learning Support team. The area my team supports is largely rural. Our team of specialists work with children from ages birth to 21. We receive early intervention (children not yet at school and under the age of 6) referrals from both parents and professionals. I have worked in education for many years now, more recently as a psychologist and as a Service Manager. I really enjoy my work and look forward to contact with you as needed. You can contact me at peter.reid@education.govt.nz.

Trudy Pocock – Waikato North East (Te Aroha, Paeroa, Hauraki, Waihi, Thames and Coromandel)

Trudy Pocock – Waikato North East (Te Aroha, Paeroa, Hauraki, Waihi, Thames and

Kia ora. I’m Trudy Pocock and Service Manager of the Waikato North East Team. Our team is a diverse and skilled group of specialists who provide Learning Support services to the Te Aroha, Paeroa, Hauraki, Waihi, Thames and Coromandel communities.

I started my career as a teacher but went on to become a registered psychologist. I joined the Ministry of Education in 2005 and have held a number of roles in the Waikato and Auckland regions that have covered both practice and management. I have been lucky enough to be part of delivering Incredible Years programmes to parents, caregivers and teachers and also to work within the Intensive Wraparound Service for several years before coming to my current role.

I find my job very rewarding and enjoy the range of opportunities we have to work collaboratively with families, early childhood facilities, schools and communities to support children and young people to build their aspirations, and enable achievement and success. Please feel free to contact me with any queries at trudy.pocock@education.govt.nz.

Much More Than Words – Morrinsville – Thursday 22 June 2017
'Speech Language Development in Young Children’

Much More Than Words - Speech Language Development in Young Children’

This workshop is for early childhood and junior teachers and will be held in Morrinsville. For further information on this course, please see the Much More Than Words flyer [PDF, 255 KB].

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

I do hope that most of you were able to get some down time over the last 2 weeks, but I am aware that many of you like Kylie Reneti and her staff (Kathryn, Michele, Fiona, Sonya and Jolene) from Central Kids Kindergartens – Edgecumbe were not able to get much time at all. In fact, a huge bouquet goes out to them for running a kindergarten holiday programme each day over the 2 weeks out of Otakiri Playcentre. Each day they got between 11 and 18 children. A true example of how the Edgecumbe people have come together to support one another in this time of need.

Wiremu Wallace (left) and Liam Revell (right) in the train
Wiremu Wallace (left) and Liam Revell (right) in the train.
Kylie Reneti, Michele Mackenzie, Fiona Thompson-Mathias and Sonya Moulden from C
Kylie Reneti, Michele Mackenzie, Fiona Thompson-Mathias and Sonya Moulden from Central Kids Kindergarten

The kindergarten, like the 2 schools in Edgecumbe, was able to re-open on day one of this term, and like the schools they are reporting only minimal absences. It showed that families appreciated being able to provide some normality for their children.

Unfortunately, Te Kōhanga Reo o Patutaatahi suffered a higher level of damage in the flooding and is not able to return to its premises at this stage. However, the whanau has secured the use of the Edgecumbe Rugby Club and by the time you receive this Bulletin the kohanga should be up and running out of that premises. Kia kaha whanau!

The last few days of the term were very hectic and I appreciated the support you all provided to the Ministry of Education as we came to terms with the evolving weather situation. We have learnt some lessons and I would like to set out for you how, in an emergency situation, you can expect to be communicated with by us.

First, at the earliest possible time we will either send out a bulk text or email to your early childhood service or the organisation that you are affiliated to. If we do not hear back from you we will follow up with a telephone call to ensure that you have received our communication. As the number of telephone calls this entails is quite large it may not be your usual Ministry contact person. The person who contacts you will verify that you have received the information and, if necessary, will answer any questions you may have. We will ensure that our messaging to you is consistent and clear and if it needs to be altered then we will re-send it.

Cross Sector Forum

By now you will have received your invitation to attend the Cross Sector Forum on 22 May at the Novotel Hotel in Rotorua. There are 2 sessions to choose from. One is from 1.00pm to 3.30pm and one from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. You are welcome to attend either session. Planning is well underway, and by the time our forum is held 6 other Cross Sector Forums will have been held. The forum focuses on Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako and showcases the tools to support Communities of Learning (external link) . This is a great opportunity for you to increase your understanding of what we’re doing to support Kāhui Ako. If you haven’t already responded here is the email address – bopwaiarikireg.crosssectorforum@education.govt.nz. Just ensure you include the names of who is attending and which session they would like to go to.

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

Ngā mihi

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

Hawke’s Bay – Tairawhiti regional news

Tēnā koutou

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope some of you managed to get a bit of down time. We have another busy and exciting term ahead of us! A special welcome to any new leaders in our regions’ early learning services.

Regional Cross Sector Forum

A reminder that we will be holding our Regional Cross Sector Forum on Tuesday 30 May in Napier. The forum will be based on the National Cross Sector Forum that was held in Auckland recently. The forum will be a fantastic opportunity for all of you to see the tools and resources available to support Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, schools, early childhood and our young people. It is an ‘Expo’ format in which resources and tools are divided up into ‘Neighborhoods’ of Teaching, Leading, Evidence, Pathways, Partnering and Building. The forum will be held from 4pm to 7pm at the Napier Conference Centre. So mark it in your calendar!

The ECE Seminar Series

We have a series of seminars being offered in the Hawke’s Bay region for the early childhood sector. Further seminars are being organised for the Tairāwhiti region.

Funded by SELO (Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities), seminars are free to attend! Please register using the email of the provider offering their seminars. When registering, please give the names and numbers of participants.

All seminars are delivered at the Ministry of Education Building, 8a Lever Street, Napier. Morning and afternoon tea are provided for each seminar. You will need to bring or buy your own lunch (there are several very good cafes in Ahuriri).

27 May: Saturday Collaboration and Connection 9.30am–3.30pm 
Follow up session: Wednesday 21 June 5pm–6.30pm

This is an opportunity to network with other early learning services while exploring ‘Leadership in Early Childhood Education for 5 out of 5 Children’. You will co-construct new knowledge about what leaders can and should do to make a difference for ‘5 out of 5’ learners. A Ministry of Education manager will explain how early learning services can become involved in Kāhui Ako. Hear about the experiences of some early learning services that are currently participating in Kāhui Ako. Registrations to Irene McAllister at irene@stepup.net.nz.

7 June: Wednesday Appraisal 1pm–6pm 
Follow up: 26 June Monday 12.30pm–3.30pm

In the same way we celebrate the interests and strengths of children, this workshop explores ways to engage teachers in practice-based research building on their strengths in education within a supportive ‘systems’ approach. Appraisal processes and goals is one way for teachers to navigate their ‘teaching as inquiry’ in ways that have value within the early childhood setting. The seminar will include some practical ideas to ensure appraisals are geared for accountability and quality improvement, while meeting requirements for registration. Register chrissy@leapeducation.ac.nz

7 June: Wednesday Appraisal 1pm–6pm 
Follow up: 26 June Monday 12.30pm–3.30pm

In the same way we celebrate the interests and strengths of children, this workshop explores ways to engage teachers in practice-based research building on their strengths in education within a supportive ‘systems’ approach. Appraisal processes and goals is one way for teachers to navigate their ‘teaching as inquiry’ in ways that have value within the early childhood setting. The seminar will include some practical ideas to ensure appraisals are geared for accountability and quality improvement, while meeting requirements for registration. Register chrissy@leapeducation.ac.nz

8 June: Thursday Powerful Connections with Parents and Whānau 1pm–6pm

The workshop will engage participants in the ERO publication Educationally Powerful Connections with Parents and Whānau and provide an opportunity to share what works across the community. The participants will explore how to involve parents and whānau in children’s learning, and include experiences from being on a study tour at Pen Green investigating their approach to partnerships with parents. Register chrissy@leapeducation.ac.nz

17 June: Saturday Assessment, Planning and Evaluation 9.30am–3.30pm 
Follow up 26 June Monday 4.30pm–7pm

Observations of children while engaged in meaningful and authentic play experiences inform an effective curriculum and contextualised pedagogy. We will be looking at how to capture the way we notice, recognise and respond to children through pedagogical documentation in ways that show progress through learning over time, celebrating the identity of children in the early childhood setting and beyond. Evaluative capability will feature and show how other parts of the system within early childhood settings, such as appraisal, are possibilities to track what is working to support learning. Links to the Reggio Emilia approach will feature in this seminar. Register chrissy@leapeducation.ac.nz.

19 June: Monday In Search of Excellence – Philosophy, Planning and Practice 8.30am–3.30pm

What makes a category 4 ‘very well placed’ service? High quality practice is informed by effective internal evaluation. Cynthia Davies from the Education Review Office will present a workshop on the recently published ERO resource, Effective Internal Evaluation for Improvement. Teachers from Category 4 ‘very well placed’ centres will share what excellence means to them. You will identify areas for development and create a plan to work on your own high quality practice. Registrations to Irene McAllister at irene@stepup.net.nz.

24 June: Saturday Socio-cultural Theory and the Power of Play 9.30am–3.30pm

Te Whāriki is based on socio-cultural theory and foregrounding language, culture and identity. The workshop provides a space for participants to re-engage with play as the mechanism that activates learning moments with individuals and groups of children. The dimensions of strength and repertoires of practice will the frame discussion as we think about contextualised pedagogy, priorities for learning and priority learners. Register chrissy@leapeducation.ac.nz.

Get to Know Us: Karen Hocking – staff profile

What’s your role at the Ministry of Education?
I am lucky enough to be the Manager Learning Support for the sunny Hawke’s Bay – Tairawhiti rohe.

When did you join the Ministry and why did you come here?
I joined the Ministry in April 2017. I am unapologetic about my hope and belief in our mokopuna and tamariki reaching their dreams and aspirations. Education is a critical part of the journey but I also recognise our children don’t always fit in the box. I was excited when I saw the opportunities ahead in Learning Support and the drivers to become more child-centred and flexible in our approach to meeting the needs of children and their whānau, and of course the people who work with them. I have been lucky enough to work both in the government and non-government sectors in my career, and at times worked in environments that allowed me to exercise my default position which is being creative and pushing boundaries.

What do you most enjoy about working here?
It’s only week 3 but I am loving having an operational role again – I am a connector and navigator at heart. It’s so cool to reconnect with colleagues across the vulnerable children’s workforce and use the bits and pieces I have picked up over the years to try and join some of the dots for our teams. I have enjoyed hearing what is exciting the sector and what’s going well. Equally, I am really open to hear from our critical friends where they see us joining up to provide better outcomes for mokopuna and tamariki.

Tell us about something interesting you do in your non-work life
We are lucky to have a wee place to get away to down in Porangahau and my husband is traumatised trying to teach me to surf cast. I have been addicted to going to Bali over the last few years, but broke out and experienced the wonderful Pasifika hospitality in Fiji in April and loved it. As a nana I have learnt a lot in the last few weeks and think I should be attending an Incredible Years programme. I can see I need to take more charge in setting out who is the boss when the grandkids are at our house!

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, who would it be, and why?
This is a thought-provoking question. My immediate response is someone rich who travels and goes to day spas and shops! But in an inspirational sense it would be Richard Branson. He is a successful businessman, a philanthropist and describes his leadership style as rule breaking. I enjoy his articles on Linked In as they are thought provoking. I think a week in his shoes would be full of diversity and the pace would be wild.

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

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu regional news

Tēnā koutou katoa

A warm congratulations to Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Rangiora who have joined the Inglewood Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. They are the first kōhanga reo in our region to join a Kāhui Ako and I hope they will be the first of many.

Regional Cross-Sector Forum on 1 June

You will have received an invitation to the Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako Cross Sector Forum to be held on Thursday 1 June at the Palmerston North Convention Centre. This will be a great opportunity to engage with the tools, resources and services available to support Kāhui Ako. Attendance at the event is limited so it is important that you RSVP to rochelle.brennan@education.govt.nz so that we can allocate places at tables for the discussion part of the forum. I hope to see many of you there on the day.

A new way to communicate with the ECE team

The ECE team have a new email address that you can use to communicate with the advisors across our region. Information or requests can be sent to this email address – ece.twm@education.govt.nz.

Service provider contact

Every licensed early learning service is required to have a service provider contact person at all times.

A service provider contact is a person nominated by the service provider to represent its management and is the name displayed on the certificate of licence. The service provider contact person must be able to respond to the Ministry of Education as soon as possible on any issue relating to the licence and local issues as they arise.

If the service provider contact person goes on extended leave or overseas then the service provider is required to nominate an acting/new service provider contact and inform the Ministry of these changes.

To update your service provider contact details please contact your local Ministry of Education office or email the Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu Communication Mailbox at ece.twm@education.govt.nz.

Policy and procedure development and review
A number of recent legislative changes have affected early learning services policy requirements. Check you have updated your policies to include the:

  • Food Act 2014
  • Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014
  • Health and Safety Act 2015
  • wording changes in the Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Services 2008.

Our website (external link) contains information that supports you to stay up to date.

Documented policies and procedures are important for the delivery of quality early childhood education (ECE) and ensure:

  • legislative requirements are met
  • good decision-making processes are in place
  • everyone holds a shared understanding of processes and procedures and that these are consistent, safe and appropriate
  • there are opportunities to discuss policies and makes changes through regular policy reviews.

Policies and procedures should be specific to each service, their children, teachers, families and whānau and communities. The Ministry of Education has developed a web resource to support early learning services to create quality learning and teaching environments for children that are effectively governed and managed. This resource can be found on our website (external link) .

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

Ngā mihi

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

Wellington regional news

Tēnā koutou katoa, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

It’s hard to believe we are now heading towards the end of autumn! I hope you are keeping well and are making the most of the sunny days we do get.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako are a fundamental change to our education system, and will make a significant impact on the way we all work together to lift the progress and achievement of every child and young person.

We know when children participate in quality early childhood education they are more likely to enjoy ongoing educational success. By having early childhood services involved in Kāhui Ako, personalised learning pathways for children will be strengthened from the very beginning.

Along with representatives from schools, kura, boards of trustees and iwi, some early childhood services in the Wellington Region had the opportunity to attend the recently held Wellington Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako Cross Sector Forum.

As well as receiving updates from Deputy Secretaries, participants in the expo style forum were able to engage with tools, resources and service and explore how these can be used by Kāhui Ako.

While this forum was primarily targeted at the school sector I would like to acknowledge and thank the early childhood services who did attend and trust this was a positive and useful experience.  

While we recognise that participation in Kāhui Ako by early childhood services is in the early stages across most of our region, we do have Kāhui Ako where early childhood services are formally represented.

I would like to thank Lisa Bond from First Years Preschool in Dannevirke who has generously offered to share her experience of being part of a Kāhui Ako.

If you have any queries about Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako please contact an Education Adviser at your regional Ministry of Education office.

My Kāhui Ako experience

My name is Lisa Bond, Manager of First Years Preschool, a rural based community service located in Dannevirke and I would like to share with you my experience of being involved in our local Community of Learning |Kāhui Ako. 

When I became aware that a Dannevirke Kāhui Ako was being formed I was keen for early childhood services in the areas to have a voice. I made contact and was invited to an upcoming Kāhui Ako meeting. 

Although early childhood services do not receive funding to be a part of Kāhui Ako the group decided right from the start this would not be a barrier to participation. 

All early childhood services in Dannevirke met and decided to elect representatives to sit on both the management group and the steering committee of the Kāhui Ako. I was formally elected to represent our local early childhood services at Kāhui Ako management group meetings. A formal expression of interest was also completed and submitted to the Ministry of Education.

As a Kāhui Ako we meet regularly and work collaboratively. In addition to electing a lead principal and two ‘across school’ teachers we have formed a vision for our Kāhui Ako. Our achievement challenge has been approved and we are now in the process of developing an action plan.

I have been included and involved since the beginning and I have been able to share knowledge and expertise, particularly regarding early learning, parent and whānau relationships and transition to school. 

Next steps for our Kāhui Ako include early childhood and new entrant teachers working together to formulate a plan for sharing key information about every child transitioning from early childhood to school.

My experience of being part of this Kāhui Ako has been positive. There are challenges when working as part of a large group, however these can be overcome when everyone works together to achieve positive outcomes for all children. I believe the key is being passionate and proactive. As teachers we can always learn from each other regardless of the sector in which we work. 

Don’t wait for someone to contact you or your service. I encourage you to do some research to find out what is going on in your area. Put yourself out there and become involved to ensure our tamariki have a smooth and successful learning journey. 

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

Suze Strowger
Director of Education Wellington
Phone: 04 463 8668
Mobile: 027 229 4009
Email: suze.strowger@education.govt.nz

Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast regional news

Kia ora kotou

Term 2 is already underway and much of the country is enjoying settled autumn weather. A welcome relief after the summer we have had.

As part of the Learning Support update new ways of working are being explored. In this issue we hear from Jan Hills, Service Manager Learning Support, as she shares a project she has been involved with that is an example of what could be possible.

New staff member

Kellie Warren, Education Advisor Licensing

Welcome to Kellie Warren, our new Education Advisor Licensing. She has over 15 years’ experience, both in New Zealand and the UK, as an early childhood teacher. Her most recent position was as teacher of infants and toddlers at Matangi Āwhio, Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson. Kellie is looking forward to joining our team and supporting educators and early childhood education (ECE) services to provide quality teaching and learning.

Kellie Warren
Education Advisor Licensing
Based in the Nelson office
Email: kellie.warren@education.govt.nz
Phone: 03 539 1546
Mobile: 027 560 0913

Early Childhood Centre Transition to School Project – West Coast 2016

The purpose of this project was to explore ways to ensure that children who had a moderate level of need and had not required an early intervention service could be well supported prior to and on entry to school. These are at-risk children who were unknown to Learning Support and schools and who are typically referred to Resource Teacher Learning & Behaviour (RTLB) within the first 6 months from school enrolment. The project was undertaken in partnership between Learning Support and the RTLB service lead.

The process initially focused on selecting a small cohort of early childhood centres (ECCs) and schools who would agree to become a part of the project. An ECC and a school in 3 communities across the West Coast – 3 ECCs and 3 schools in total agreed to be involved. The sample was intentionally kept small so that it was ‘do-able’ as it stretched across the vast geography of West Coast communities. 

Feedback from the initial consultation meetings confirmed there was a strong shared vision between the ECCs and schools for an easy and seamless transition to occur so that the children felt comfortable, safe and secure and ready to engage in learning. Their vision can be summed up in the quote from one of these meetings – “at the end of the day we just want kids to be happy and connected because that is what is going to achieve outcomes for children.” 

It was clear that a level of transition planning was already occurring with visits to schools prior to enrolment. However, the frequency and level of information sharing varied, ranging from reciprocal visits (both the ECC and school visited by teachers) to 2 or 3 visits to the school only. It became clear that while this process occurred for all children, there was a need for more targeted information to be shared for children with moderate needs. There was a need for a document to be designed to ensure the child’s strengths in the ECC environment were recognised and accessible for the new entrant room. 

Following the consultation meetings, the information and opinions were collated to inform the transition and information sharing process with each centre agreeing to trial it. Pre- and post-transition questionnaires that reflected both parent and child voices were developed along with a transition to school summary document. The transition to school summary captured information under the headings: Oral Language; Routines; Participating and Contributing; Listening; Gross Motor; Fine Motor; 6 Words That Describe Me; I Need Your Help With.

Three months prior to school entry:

  • school visits and ECC visits by class teacher
  • information shared via story park/educa/parents etc
  • transition to school summary completed
  • RTLB referral initiated, if required.

Six weeks prior to school enrolment:

  • school visits continue
  • identify and provide any professional learning development (PLD) and/or other resource requirements at school
  • RTLB case assigned, if needed. 

Just prior to school enrolment:

  • pre-transition questionnaires completed by parents/ECC staff and children.

At school:

  • teacher/parents and RTLB (where assigned) monitor and review progress and adjust support as necessary.

Six weeks after school enrolment:

  • post-transition questionnaires completed by parents/school staff and children
  • RTLB case continues or closes as required, if assigned.

In terms of the outcome and conclusions, the level of engagement in the project varied markedly and ranged from complete commitment (which included completing the pre- and post-transition questionnaires) to maintaining the status quo of visits that had occurred prior to the project. Where the questionnaires were completed there was 100% positive feedback about all aspects of the transition process – expectations met; information shared, visits, individual needs considered, confidence, sense of belonging and communication.

When considering the varied levels of engagement it is clear that existing relationships and communication were key aspects. Success was also dependent on how far down the quality transition track the ECC and school were prior to the project. 

What we now see:

  • The transition conversation has now extended to all ECCs and schools within each of the communities.
  • The transition process and documentation has been shared at ECC/school transition to school sector meetings.
  • The transition to school summary document has been widely shared, and while it has not been adopted in its original form it has been the catalyst for the development of a document that is fit for purpose. This is a perfect result as the intention was never to just adopt what had been produced, but to facilitate the development of a document to meet individual ECC/school needs.
  • Earlier engagement between appropriate new entrant enrolments and RTLB – in the longer term it is hoped to capture data that reflects a reduction in the spike of RTLB referrals for children at 6 months’ post-school entry. That would indicate support is being provided earlier at the time of school enrolment.

Many thanks to all those involved in the project. It was a very successful collaboration.

New early learning services

Congratulations to the following licensed services: 

  • Champion Kids in Richmond opened in January
  • Te Kōhanga Reo o te Awhina moved into new premises in Motueka in February
  • Village Kids, a home-based service in Nelson/Richmond, opened in March
  • Murchison Kindergarten in Murchison opened in March.

Congratulations to the following playgroups that attained full certification during Term 1:

  • Pipsqueaks Playgroup in Hokitika
  • Blenheim Natural Learners Co-op/Te Whānau Whakamana Tamariki o Wairau in Blenheim.

Early Learning Support

The Ministry is aware of how important it is for children to have a strong early learning foundation to begin their educational pathway. We have a contract with West REAP to deliver Early Learning Support, a new in-home early learning programme to support children aged 3 to 5 years of age and their families in the Grey and Westland Districts. The programme is particularly for those children who are not currently participating in ECE and for 4 year olds transitioning to school. Toni Sims and Sally Richardson are the facilitators for this programme. 

For more information you can contact West REAP at reception@westreap.org.nz or 0800 927 327. 

Erika Ross
Director of Education Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast
Phone: 03 539 1533
Email: erika.ross@education.govt.nz

Canterbury regional news

Kia ora

I had the privilege to be part of the official opening of Barnardos Kidstart Hornby Pasifika Early Learning Centre. Thank you to the members of the Pan Pasifika Early Childhood Education Board who have been involved in shaping this service and for your continued focus on the community’s needs.

Ruta McKenzie (rear), Kate Ogston-Cornish (front left) and Lesley Brown cut the
Ruta McKenzie (rear), Kate Ogston-Cornish (front left) and Lesley Brown cut the cake at the opening of the Hornby Pasifika Early Learning Centre.

Congratulations!

Three Canterbury Kidsfirst Kindergartens have achieved Category 4 ERO reports this year. Congratulations to Kidsfirst Kindergartens Cotswold Avenue, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Isleworth Road and Kidsfirst Kindergartens Mairehau. Heathcote Valley Preschool (report confirmed August 2016) and Sydenham Community Preschool (confirmed September 2016) also received Category 4 reports. My congratulations to you all.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako

At the Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako expo on 2 May we were able to showcase a number of ways in which we can support Canterbury schools, kura and early childhood services. The expo brought together tools and resources now available and the chance for you to ask questions of our regional and national office Ministry staff. 

It was fantastic to see so many of you at the expo and what a great opportunity it was for us to meet you, discuss the support you need and to get valuable feedback from you. If you have further questions or would like any of the resources from the expo please do not hesitate to contact us. 

The revised Te Whāriki places emphasis on the development of a localised curriculum. Integral to this is collecting and considering parent and whānau aspirations and wider community goals and concerns, including those of local iwi and/or hapu. When early childhood services are involved in Kāhui Ako there are many opportunities for developing and implementing a quality local integrated curriculum that is responsive to the learning needs and interests of learners and their community. Early childhood teachers in South Canterbury have acknowledged these benefits and you can read about their journey with Kāhui Ako below.

Te Whāriki

Just in case you have missed the information about the professional learning and development on offer to support the revised Te Whāriki, information and enrolment details are available on our website (external link) . The workshops are being held in:

  • South Canterbury – 29 May
  • North Canterbury – 30 May
  • Christchurch – 31 May

Emergency closures

As you will be aware, the Ministry of Education funds early childhood services when they are forced to close in emergency situations. This provision has been helpful for many services impacted by earthquakes and severe weather. Information about this is available in the Funding Handbook (external link) , specifically Chapter 7.

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

Child protection

On 1 May 2017, Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Vulnerable Children was established, replacing the Child Youth and Family Service. Please ensure that this reference is changed in your child protection policies. Also, should you have low-level queries about vulnerable children remember you can contact the Vulnerable Children's Hub (external link) .

Futures Network

Below are details of the next meeting of the Futures Network. We have responded to the majority decision stated in the survey at the end of 2016 to hold these meeting in the same venue each term – The McFaddens Centre will be that venue.

Futures Network 

Date:Tuesday 13 June
Time:9.30–11.30am
Venue:The Garden Lounge
The McFaddens Centre
St Alban's Baptist Church 
64 McFaddens Road, St Albans

At this hui:

  1. Welcome – karakia, waiata and introductions.
  2. Guest presentation – Pauline Barnes (General Manager Professional Service, Education Council) will talk to a range of topics including the Education Council’s Strategic Plan and what it means for the early childhood sector, the new Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession, mandatory reporting and other Council initiatives. There will be time for Q & A.
  3. What’s hot – a round of sharing the most current issues for services. 
  4. Community catch up – opportunity to network and collaborate with others.

Please bring something to share for morning tea – tea and coffee will be provided. RSVP to Barbara Madden at barbara.madden@education.govt.nz.

Mā te wā

Coralanne Child 

Director of Education for Canterbury
Phone: 03 378 7345
Email: coralanne.child@education.govt.nz

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako - The Timaru Community of Learning ECE Journey

Submitted by Lauren Rosanowski on behalf of ECE Leaders South Canterbury

In South Canterbury, the early childhood services have had an informal ECE Managers’ Network group meeting for a number of years. As we started to hear and be a part of the dialogue around Communities of Learning, we started to ask some of the big questions around the participation of ECE in these communities. Initially the information was sketchy. Some people knew what was happening, others did not. It became clear that we needed an agreed process, coming from a place of shared understanding, in order to make a valuable and sustainable contribution to our Communities of Learning, and to positive learning pathways for our students.

We could see that Communities of Learning was an initiative with large potential and something that ECE seemed primed for; we are often dialoguing around collaboration and our desire to enhance our partnerships within the education sector. But how could we contribute effectively? We didn’t have funding for release time, we wouldn’t receive the start-up funding that schools would, and if we all turned up to meetings we would more than double the numbers in the room.

Alongside our discussions around Kāhui Ako we were thinking and talking about the lack of collective voice in ECE. Because of the nature of our sector, centres have traditionally operated in competition to one another and there isn’t a clear ECE voice in the media or in the community. While our school colleagues have Principals Associations and the like, ECE seems to be lacking in this area. Our discussions brought us to a place where we decided committing to a formal regional Leaders Group could support our work in ECE and promote positive learning outcomes for our children. We met (several times) and sought to formalise our Managers’ Network, creating the ECE Leaders South Canterbury Incorporated Society.

We selected a working party which drafted a constitution, rules and overarching aims of the incorporated society. Any person who is employed in a position that sees them as the decision-maker at an early childhood centre in the South Canterbury region can be accepted as a member of the society. This includes kindergartens, early childhood centres, playcentres and home-based care. Those on the working party took care to contact everyone we could think of who might be interested in joining and invited them to take part. We are in the final stages of finalising this at the point of writing.

This group has given us the strategies to appoint representatives to many community groups. This has shared the responsibility and information through a central point to all centres within South Canterbury. We have representatives at events such as: the WAVE working group, the Children’s Teams working group and the Plunket Under 5 network. As well as information coming into the group, there is a chance at each meeting for members to discuss what’s on top for them and to share information with one another.

We have had invited guests to our meetings such as the local education reporter and our Kāhui Ako expert partner. This has provided a chance for the construction of knowledge and shared understandings as we discuss together the things that are important to and happening in our region. At present, our 2 Kāhui Ako (Timaru North and Timaru South) are approved by the Minister with 16 ECE centres formally accepted across both. An expert partner has been engaged to facilitate our mahi around shared vision and goals, and to support us in appointing the roles of leads, across school and within school teachers. It is our intention to have representatives from our ECE Leaders Group involved with our Kāhui Ako, helping to share the load and ensure timely sharing of information.

This is a new journey for us. We hope it will support helpful information sharing, build a sense of collegiality, be a source of support as we learn from on another, and enable us to engage with all our community groups without every leader having to be at every meeting. Most of all, we hope it will give us a space to celebrate and share the success stories of ECE, which in turn will raise the promotion of quality education for our youngest citizens. Through this we will tell the stories of our children as confident, competent, active participants as we advocate for them in our sector, our community and our nation.

ECE in Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: Canterbury

Last month, Minister Parata acknowledged a further 16 early childhood education (ECE) services as members of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako across Canterbury bringing the total number of services formally engaged in them to 49. There are also a number of ECE services working with Kāhui Ako on a more informal basis. If you would like to know more about how to join one talk to your local Education Advisor or email ece.canterbury@education.govt.nz.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: Canterbury

Geraldine

  • Clandeboye Preschool
  • Geraldine Kindergarten
  • Geraldine Preschool
  • Haywood Cottage Montessoir

Malvern

  • Annabel’s Kindergarten – Darfield
  • Darfield Preschool & Nursery

Ngā Mātāpuna o Ngā Pākihi

  • Giggles & Scribbles Early Learning Centre
  • Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lincoln
  • Lincoln Village Preschool
  • Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre
  • Prebbleton Kindergarten
  • Whippersnappers Early Learning Centre

Christchurch Christian

  • Cornerstone Christian Early Learning Centre

Christchurch South

  • ABC Cashmere
  • ABC Somerfield
  • Annabel’s Educare – Somerfield
  • Cashmere Early Learning Centre
  • Cherry’s Early Learning Centre
  • Donald Duck Early Learning Centre
  • Hazeldean Early Learning Centre
  • Huntsbury Preschool
  • Kidditech Early Learning Centre
  • Kidsfirst  Diamond Harbour
  • Kidsfirst Kindergartens Cashmere
  • Kidsfirst Kindergartens Selwyn Street
  • Kindercare Strickland Street
  • Montessori Countyard Preschool
  • Pebbles Preschool – Cashmere
  • Poppies Preschool
  • Rosy Cheeeks Early Learning Centre
  • Spreydon Baptist Community Preschools
  • Sydenham Community Preschool

North & South Timaru

  • ABC Marchwiel
  • Active Learners ECE
  • Childsplay Homebased Education Service
  • Craighead Kindergarten
  • Creative Corner Early Learning Centre
  • Glenview Kindergarten
  • Hanan Kindergarten
  • Kowhai Kindergarten
  • Little Wonders Aoraki
  • Little Wonders Early Childcare
  • North Haven Childcare
  • Ranui Kindergarten
  • Ti Kouka Kindergarten
  • Timaru Christian Preschool
  • Waimataitai Kindergarten
  • West End Kindergarten

Otago-Southland regional news

Kia ora koutou and warm Pasifika greetings

You will have read some of the pre-budget announcements designed to make an impact for early learners and their families and whānau. It is pleasing to see the nationwide roll-out of the Family Start programme that provides weekly in-home support targeting children in homes where there may be mental health issues, addiction problems, family violence or other developmental risks for the child.

An increase in specialist support for 3 and 4 year olds with oral language needs, and support for a further 10,000 children with behavioural issues to improve their self control, has also been indicated. The importance of intervening early and developing self control has been highlighted in the work of Professor Richie Polson in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study. This is referred to in the article below.

I hope you will get an opportunity to attend one of the Te Whariki update workshops as outlined below. Note you can live stream the Dunedin session from your couch!

Childhood self control

Professor Richie Poulton from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study spoke to our Regional Cross Sector Forum last year on ‘Why the education system should focus on socio-emotional skills’. I thought you would be interested in the material he shared as his research has been cited as part of the justification that sits behind the government’s social investment policy.

In sharing stories, data and evidence from the study, Professor Poulton focused our attention on the importance of self control as a key determinant of adult life outcomes. Supporting children to learn self control in the early years was stressed because lack of it was a key determinant in poorer life outcomes related to a wide number of areas. This was independent of intelligence and family wealth. Professor Poulton’s power point is attached for your reference.

Te Whāriki workshops

There will be 3 Te Whāriki workshops in the Otago-Southland region run by CORE.

LocationVenueDate and timeCORE registration link
Central Otago Cromwell - Harvest Hotel Friday 26 May
1.30-4.30pm
http://e.core-ed.org/r/465/4 (external link)
Dunedin Glenroy Auditorium Saturday 27 May
1.30-4.30pm*
http://e.core-ed.org/r/485/4 (external link)
North Shore Ascot Park Hotel Thursday 25 May
6-9pm
http://e.core-ed.org/r/466/4 (external link)

This Dunedin workshop is also being live streamed. Live streaming will be accessible through a link (URL) which will be available a week before the scheduled workshop. The link will go live 15 minutes prior to the workshop starting. To activate the link, please cut and paste the link into your browser and this will direct you to the CORE Education YouTube channel where you can view the facilitated workshop.

NZ Sign Language website

May 8-12 was Deaf Awareness Week. Victoria University of Wellington has launched Learn NZSL, a new and free online resource that provides an interactive and sequential learning experience of NZSL for its users. You can try out Learn NZSL here: https://nzsl.vuw.ac.nz/ (external link)

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
Phone: 03 471 5217
Mobile: 027 836 4846
Email: julie.anderson@education.govt.nz

 

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