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Open Day to celebrate the upcoming opening of Te Puna Ako Ki Totara Puku

Mark Saturday 10th March, 10am to 1pm down in your diaries!  We are having a free family fun day to celebrate the upcoming opening of Te Puna Ako Ki Totara Puku (Whanganui East Community Early Learning Centre).  There will be heaps of free activities for young children (fairy, barrel train, mascots, bouncy castles, pony rides) plus a free sausage sizzle and free water.  There will also be various organisations who work with families represented with information on their services.  There is also a car boot sale and various other items for sale.   Read more >>


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WE NEED THE GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT TO KEEP HIGH QUALITY ECE AFFORDABLE

The government funding to ECE services was cut in 2011.  The rates paid to services employing 80% - 100% qualified teachers were removed.  This meant services employing 100% qualified teachers only received enough funding for 80% qualified teachers – 4 out of 5 teachers. As kindergarten employs 100% qualified teachers, the funding cut was significant.  The rate kindergartens receive today is lower than it was in July 2008. Services under pressure need to spend less and generate more.  Most young families have limited budgets and can’t afford ECE fee increases. Kindergartens can’t keep absorbing rising costs while employing 100% qualified teachers – we need to be funded fairly to provide high quality ECE. The government says it’s putting more funding into ECE but that only covers higher numbers of enrolments, not more funding for each child. Read more >>









Weather Event: Thursday 6th April 2017

The "State of Emergency" issued for Whanganui and Rangitikei District Councils is still in place, however all schools and Kindergartens are going to be open Thursday 6th April *with the exception of Putiki Kindergarten and Whanganui East Kindergarten*.  We'll keep you advised of any further updates. Read more >>











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CHILDREN IN HIGH QUALITY ECE ARE LEARNING FOR LIFE

A World Economic Forum (WEF) meta-analysis of research about 21st-century skills in primary and secondary education identified 16 critical skills.  There were six foundational literacies needed by students for everyday tasks: literacy, numeracy, ICT literacy, scientific literacy, financial literacy and cultural and civic literacy.  Although they were foundational skills for learning in the late 20th century, they are now only a starting point for skills needed in 21st century labour markets. Read more >>