The must-knows of open-plan classrooms

Open-plan spaces, collaborative teaching models, child-driven learning: an entire education revolution wrapped up in jargon. But what does New Zealand’s push towards a new education model mean for your child? Family Times asks CORE Education Ltd senior consultant Mark Osborne to shed some light. Why …

Science at home – ocean zones in a jar

Did you know that two thirds of the earth is ocean and that all life originated there? The ocean is an incredible place, filled with huge ecosystems and a plethora of different species – many of which haven’t even been discovered yet! The evolution of …

Special needs education in the spotlight

Imagine being told that your child won’t receive the education they need. You know they’re going to struggle in a classroom in which they can’t understand, communicate or relate to others on the same level and that their educational experience will be severely impacted. It’s …

How to not spoil your kids

Spoiled – the word makes most parents cringe. It’s taboo in the realm of what most consider “good parenting.” Yet, as the old adage goes, the road to (parenting) hell is paved with good intentions. The best of intentions can land any well-meaning parent in …

How to parent as a team

To parent as a team, you need to realise that the health of your relationship really impacts your kids. In fact, when I was recently asked for a list of my top parenting tips, I placed “put your spouse first” right near the top. “What? …

Keeping kids safe in the sun

Now summer is here it is important to take special care with young children to keep them safe in the sun. Sunburn can be painful for anyone, but children are just a bit more vulnerable and can burn quickly in the sun. Sunburn and over-exposure …