Home2Grow September 2018 Newsletter
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Kia ora! News Update - September
The early childhood curriculum supports the identities, languages, and cultures of all children, affirms and celebrates cultural differences, and aims to help children gain a positive awareness of their own and other cultures.
One of the ways that we can do this is by focusing on the national language weeks throughout the year. We are currently celebrating Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week and National Hindi Language Week is also currently taking place. Last month we celebrated the Tongan and Cook Island Languages. See some photos below. 

A review of home-based ECE is underway. The review will consider a range of proposals to support quality early learning, including investigating the introduction of qualification requirements for educators.
The Minister has released a discussion document outlining the proposals for change. Public consultation on the proposals will run from 21 August until late September. Service providers and the wider public can offer their perspective on the Education Conversation website, by completing a short survey or making a detailed submission. Online feedback will be supplemented by regional hui in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch and Hamilton.

You can read more about the home-based ECE review on the Ministry  
Home-based ECE review - Have your say!
Playgroup Otara

Our playgroup in Otara is now taking place weekly on Thursdays. Playgroup always has a mat-time led by a Programme Coordinator and fun activities linked to the curriculum including music and active games.
At the beginning of August the children celebrated Cook Island language week with with crafts, songs and learning some reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani.
If you are an educator or parent of children enrolled with Home2Grow and would like to attend the Thursday playgroup in Otara (Springs Rd) please contact your Programme Coordinator or the office for more details.
Playgroup Manurewa

A graduation ceremony was held last month for the children who will be moving on to school soon. They learned how important their education and learning is, and that it is important to celebrate their achievements and success.
On the 8th of August we celebrated Cook Island Language Week in our playgroup with our children and educators. This was important to promote culture awareness, use the language, symbols and text and build relations with our pacific community. Exploring and valuing of the different diversity and showing respect to other cultures. 
In our play group we welcomed everyone with an opening prayer in Kuki Airani, then sang Te Atua Mou e (Cook Island National Anthem), learning sample greeting language, counting, te au kara (colours), learning a new song, “Mana e Papa e’, then followed by the children and Educators doing their Cook Island performances in Te Reo Maori Kuki Airani. The day went so well that everyone enjoyed Cook Island Language Week dancing to a drum beat doing the hula.
(Ally- Programme Coordinator)
Playgroup Manukau

We had waiata to start the mat-time. Children and parents listened very carefully as we first sung it to get their attention. Later we brought out the Kumara Mash magnetic story which they loved to hear and they participated by putting their hands up and contributing their ideas. They were engaged and very focused during the whole story time.  We brought this story alive when we provided raw and boiled Kumara for children to touch, smell and taste. Some of the children loved the kumara mash and asked for few more helpings.
(Daljit - Programme Coordinator)
Home-based care review
A review of home-based ECE is currently underway. The Ministry of Education facilitated meetings to explain the proposals and answer questions and concerns raised by home-based educators, parents and all those working in home-based care. Some Home2Grow educators & staff attended these meetings to join in the discussions and learn more about the proposed changes.
News from The Ministry of Education

Automated gates safety alert
WorkSafe New Zealand has
published a safety alert highlighting the health and safety risks posed by automated gates. The safety alert applies to gates not fitted with safety devices to guard against injury as the gate opens and closes. The safety alert has been issued following a serious incident in which a child was injured. The incident took place in a public park.

Education Review Office evaluated the Home2Grow Childcare 3 service in July. The full report will be available on their website later this month.
  • Playgroup - Manurewa 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month. 10am -  Life Church Manurewa. 24-26 Maich Rd, Manurewa. 
  • Playgroup - Manukau -  Manukau City Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Dr, Manukau. 3rd Friday of each month. 
  • Playgroup - East Tamaki, 14 Springs Rd. Thursdays, 9am - 12pm. Open play-day every Monday
  • All playgroups - Contact your Programme Coordinator for more information and details of upcoming activities
  • New Zealand ShakeOut - 18 October at 9.30am. National Earthquake drill and tsunami Hikoi

We are always looking for amazing educators, nannies and families to join up to the Home2Grow Childcare Service. We are offering a $50 voucher* to each person who sends a referral through to Home2Grow.   They must sign up for at least one month with a minimum of 20 hours per week. Voucher will be awarded after one month of enrolment.

We are looking for new educators in all areas. Either stay-at-home mums, aunties, grandparents or students with a passion for working with children, have experience in the field and believe strongly that early childhood is the most critical period in the brain development of children and that EC education significantly contributes to this growth.

*Conditions apply

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