Update 26 March 2020

As we all go into this new reality, it’s a good time to take stock of what is really important. And that is the health of you and your whānau.

If you’re working from home, and especially those who have children in your bubble, it will be impossible to stick to business as usual. So be kind to yourself. Do what you can, but don’t get stressed if you’re finding it hard to get the mahi done.

Check out some of the tips for working at home, but above all keep expectations of what can be done at realistic levels.

For those who aren’t working and may feel at a bit of a loss, think about what the Prime Minister told the country yesterday. No matter what, we all have a job to do – and that’s to stay at home. We are, in the end, doing something very important for all New Zealanders.

Kia kaha!

There are all sorts of innovative ideas coming from our parents about how learning for our tamariki can continue during the lockdown period. Playcentre will also continue to post activities to keep young ones occupied in our new section ‘Virtual Village’ and on our Playcentre Aotearoa Facebook page. We will send you out an email when this new section has launched.

The Ministry of Education in their Early Learning Bulletin also shared the following:

“Over the coming weeks we will be working to access and develop resources to support learning in homes. Our support will mostly be delivered online, and we would be pleased to connect with kaiako who are interested in working with us as we develop this. You can contact us at www.education.govt.nz

On Monday we launched Learning from Home and Ki te Ao Mārama, two new websites to support teachers, kaiako, parents and whānau to support their children and young people to continue their learning.

These have been produced with other agencies and are a one stop shop for teaching and learning at home, covering early learning through to senior secondary schooling.  These websites will continue to be developed to include a wider range of resources.

Learning from home
Ki te Ao Mārama

  • Kaiako can use these sites to point parents and whānau to ideas for learning opportunities for their children at home.
  • Parents and whānau will find information, advice, and ideas about supporting learning from home, without needing to become teachers themselves.

If you have ideas and requests for specific types of resources for the websites please contact [email protected].