Education

Ready for school

Kate Barber talks with Jane Burke from BestStart about what it means to be ‘ready for school’, and how parents and teachers can best support children for this transition. Early Childhood Education & Te Whariki Te Whariki, the New Zealand curriculum for Early Childhood Education …

Shift to a Career in Tech

Looking for a career change? Tech is New Zealand’s third largest export sector and is growing fast. NZ needs more people with a grounding in tech to meet the rapid expansion within this exciting and varied area, which crosses into many industries, from aviation to …

Two to Tango

KATE BARBER talks with PENNIE BROWNLEE, author of Dance With Me In The Heart, about respecting our babies, getting out of step with our toddlers, and learning new dance steps. There is nothing as precious as your new baby: perfectly formed, incredibly vulnerable and determined …

Under Stress Over Assessment

Ordained minister, school guidance counsellor and father of two teenage boys, GEOFF KING offers some insights into NCEA, students’ responses to stress, and how we can support our kids. As a parent, how can I get my head around NCEA? NCEA was introduced quite recently …

What Happens After School

That after-school slot – from 3pm till whenever the workday finishes – needn’t be characterised by lax supervision, chaos and noise. Care after school should be safe, structured, stimulating and socially enriching. And fun too! Driven by this conviction, CRAIG FORTUNE founded My After School …

Hooked on Books

Reading is not something that suddenly happens at school. It starts at home and out in the world, where children’s mileage with language, alongside their experiences, supports their literacy development. KATE BARBER talks with primary-trained teacher and mum, MARCIA KASHIZUKA, about instilling the love of …

Science fun with under 5s!

Sometimes we think that our littlies are too young to understand science. But it’s not just the big school kids who get to have all the fun: we have a great experiment to encourage scientific thinking in your little ones. Water displacement Water displacement was …