Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

PORSE Expands Education Opportunities with Online Training

28 July 2016

PORSE Expands Education Opportunities with Online Training Courses


New Zealand’s leading in-home childcare provider, PORSE, is gearing up to deliver a range of early childhood education courses online, having successfully piloted its first online course in Nelson.

Parents and educators in the Nelson region were keen to attend the ‘Growing in Connections’ course, but with no local course facilitator, the cost to deliver the programme was not viable.

PORSE Learning and Development Architect Michelle Martin said the organisation didn’t want anyone to miss out on continuing personal or professional development due to cost, so the Company decided to pilot delivery of the course through online learning.

“We are passionate about helping parents and educators develop their knowledge and skills in early childcare and education, so we are excited by how online learning can extend education opportunities to parents and PORSE educators outside of main city centres.

“For those people who want to develop a career as a PORSE nanny or in-home educator, they can now access training regardless of location, and fit the study around their family or work commitments.”

Nelson Nanny, Meghan Arps was quick to take part in the online pilot programme.

“When the offer came to upskill on the internet, I jumped at it, because I can do the training and manage the learning myself. I can just go online and do the course anywhere, anytime, ” Meghan said.

The 31-year-old is a full-time nanny to Valencia, four, but found it simple to fit extra early childhood training into her day.

“It was so easy to get online and to sign up. I could work full time and then jump on the computer for a few hours each week to upskill. We are all so busy now and its difficult to find time to get into the classroom - I think online courses are the way forward.” said Meghan.

While learning online, Meghan was able to translate on-screen information into reality during interactions at work and in her personal life.

“It was good to be reminded how important nurturing and eye contact is in brain development. I was able to see how Valencia has already grown and look for the signs to connect.”

Mrs Martin said online courses offer all the support of a classroom with more freedom.

“The online option lets people manage their learning themselves, whilst being fully supported by our PORSE consultants are just a click away, ready to answer any questions quickly, and participants can also connect with each other through an online forum.

“It’s the way of the future, we want to be on board with that and give everyone the opportunity to take advantage of our programmes.”


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Climate Summary: NZ’s Equal-2nd Warmest Year On Record

Annual temperatures were above average (+0.51°C to +1.20°C above the annual average) across the majority of New Zealand... 2018 was the equal 2nd-warmest year on record for New Zealand, based on NIWA’s seven-station series which began in 1909. More>>

ALSO:

GDP: Economic Growth Dampens In The September Quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.3 percent in the September 2018 quarter, down from 1.0 percent in the previous quarter, Stats NZ said today... GDP per capita was flat in the September 2018 quarter, following an increase of 0.5 percent in the June 2018 quarter. More>>

ALSO:

Up $1.20: $17.70 Minimum Wage For 2019

Coalition Government signals how it will move toward its goal of a $20 p/h minimum wage by 2021... “Today we are announcing that the minimum wage will increase to $17.70 an hour on 1 April 2019." More>>

ALSO:

Retail: IKEA To Open In New Zealand

Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is today announcing its intentions to grant the Ingka Group exclusive rights to explore expansion opportunities in New Zealand. More>>