Education

Smooth transition

MICHELA HOMER from BestStart Educare shares some suggestions for helping to make that transition into a new early childhood centre a smooth and happy one – for your child, and for you. SETTLING IN  Settling-in visits allow your child to get familiar with the new …

Curriculum curiosity

KATE BARBER delves into Te Whāriki, the New Zealand curriculum for early childhood. I first encountered Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, when my eldest started Playcentre. I perceived it then as something that the Coordinator (or teacher) had knowledge of and responsibility …

New training resource for SunSmart

An online training module is helping early childhood educators keep young children protected from the sun year-round. As any parent or teacher knows, outside play is an integral part of a child’s education. Of course, alongside this, it is imperative to keep our young children …

Struggling at school

DEBORAH WARD considers the challenges facing children with learning difficulties, and the ways parents can support them. Sending our children to school is a huge step for us as parents – almost as big a deal as it is for the kids themselves! We want …

Train the brain

The goal at Train the Brain is to support and empower students with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD), like dyslexia, so that they can function at their optimal potential. Having administered a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment, the team of educators develops an individual teaching plan that …

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 Whāriki Te Whāriki, the New Zealand curriculum for Early Childhood Education …

A Second Home

‘Finding the best care and learning opportunities for your baby or child is often about finding that special home away from home’, explains SHANNEN HAWKINS, Centre Director at the newly opened Kindercare in Christchurch city centre. Parents of young children can sometimes feel overwhelmed by …

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 …