Education

From health sector 
to new tech role

JESS WREN says transitioning to a tech role was made possible by the school friendly hours of SHIFT. Jess is a mum and qualified radiation therapist, who was looking to change her career direction. She completed SHIFT in 2018, an innovative one-year course to allow …

Sowing the seeds of friendship

Children are impressionable things, says DIANA PATCHETT, Executive Principal at St Margaret’s College. Here, she discusses how we can encourage positive habits in our young ones. I love to spend time in the St Margaret’s College Pre-School; it never fails to brighten my day. Sliding …

Starting at six

Is six the right age to start school? RACHEL MCFEDRIES explores this age-old debate. Starting school at six – it’s a hot topic that gets discussed frequently around the playground, the kindy carpark, and in online parenting groups. It’s becoming more common for children here in …

Resilience & relationships

Growing resilience is not about getting our kids to ‘harden up’, explains neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS. By  KATE BARBER. As parents we worry about our kids: we want to prevent falls and fix problems. But, regardless of the support and shelter we offer them, our children …

Garden to table

Summer is the perfect time to introduce your children to the joys of growing vegetables, says LINDA TAYLOR. Now that the weather is warmer, it’s a pleasure to be outside, and gardening with your children is a great way to keep them busy during the …

The bilingual brain

KATE BARBER talks with neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about the profound impact that learning a second language has on the development of the brain. Of all the things our brain does, language is the most complex, according to neuroscientist Nathan Wallis. The brain requires cognitive …

Why home school? Why not?

Josh I don’t think people choose to home school for just one reason – we certainly didn’t. First of all it ticked the lifestyle box for us – we’ve been very deliberate about creating a life of freedom and flexibility, which is reflected not just …

Early learning teachers change lives

Early Learning Centres can be overlooked as little more than a baby-sitting service, yet it’s an important opportunity to give your child the best possible start and prepare them for school. By MICHELA  HOMER, BESTSTART. Parents or whānau looking for early childhood care can be forgiven for …