Education

Caring for your baby with Down Syndrome

KELLY EDEN explores some of the issues faced by parents and what support and resources are available for parents of babies with Down Syndrome. In New Zealand every week one or more babies are born with Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is a lifelong condition that …

Early Childhood Education – Kindercare

Fostering children’s growth and development is what Kindercare does best. Children’s growth and development is best nurtured through loving relationships and in an environment where they feel safe, secure, valued, happy, and like they belong – then learning happens naturally. When our children are free …

Early Childhood Education – Playcentre

Playcentre is a parent cooperative that offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to be involved with their child’s learning.  At Playcentre, adults play alongside their children. A child-centred programme based on your child’s fascinations, strengths, and interests allows you to encourage children as they interact …

Dyslexia explained

We take a closer look at what support is available for school-aged children with dyslexia from Learning Matters. While at kindy, a four-year-old drew a freehand diagram of how he wished to organise the playground. The layout was specific and to scale. His teachers, suitably …

Early Childhood Education – Bottle Lake Preschool 

Supporting families to raise curious and engaged learners is the ethos at Bottle Lake Preschool. In the early years, young children develop many skills and habits that prepare them for school. Two of these essential habits are curiosity and engagement. Children who are curious about …

Tell Me

What does it feel like to be in love? Is it embarrassing to have sex? Can a grandmother have children? What does LGBT mean? What happens if you don’t feel like having sex? Why do you get pimples? All excellent questions! Tell Me collects questions …

Music on your mind

Registered music therapist DEVIN BROOKS explains how music therapy “reaches into the corners of the brain”, and can have a transformative impact on children, adults and whānau. By KATE BARBER. Beyond merely providing pleasure or transporting us to a different time and place, music can …

Stories saved my life

PAUL RUSSELL explains why stories can open up a world of learning. It is an odd sort of statement to make, but without an education, the life I lead would never have been possible, and without stories, I would have given up on my schooling years …