It is great to hear that many staff and our whānau are making great use of their bubble life not just to stay connected with Playcentre but also to keep learning at home.
Our new programme Māpuna te Tamaiti: Nurturing Kind and Caring Children is based on the new Ministry of Education resource on supporting emotional and social competency in early learning. This is a backbone of what we do at Playcentre and a useful topic for every parent and kaiako. The online programme is approximately 15 hours of learning that you can do in your own time. There are two paced groups – eager groups who complete the mahi in 2.5 weeks (approx. 6 hours per week), and leisurely groups over 5 weeks (approx. 3 hours per week).
PLD is provided for your own interest and learning. There are no qualifications or credit attached it, just the joy of learning something new and having in-depth kōrero with other parents and educators. There are separate streams for centre whānau and employed Playcentre staff. To date we have had 180 people finish or currently participating, and we’ve tweaked a few things along the way to better cater for participants. We’re now ready to open for registrations across Aotearoa.