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MP welcomes programme for local centres, families

Hon Parekura Horomia
Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rawhiti

3 August 2005 Press Release
Local MP welcomes new programme for local centres and at-risk families

Local early childhood education (ECE) centres in the Hastings and Masterton local authority areas within the Ikaroa - Tairawhiti boundary will be able to apply to pilot a new programme to help improve families parenting skills, Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia announced today.

“This is a great opportunity for our region to help to support whänau and to improve outcomes and increase opportunities for our young children. It provides ECE centres in our area with the chance to be involved in this exciting new project,” Parekura Horomia said.

The programme will provide parent education, social support and outreach activities to families. Local licensed and chartered early childhood education centres in the Hastings and Masterton areas are able to apply for the project in the first phase.

The programmes will provide:

- parenting education at early childhood education centres, or nearby community facilities, to develop parenting skills

- social support through parent support groups and activities, at the early childhood education centre or from other social support services

- outreach activities in conjunction with other social services specifically for vulnerable children and vulnerable parents.

"Engaging children and their whänau in quality early childhood education continues to be a key priority for Government and Maori".

“We know that quality early childhood education makes a positive difference to the learning outcomes for children. By linking the early childhood education centre to the home and community we will be able to strengthen services and get more children involved" said Parekura Horomia

Applications for the first phase of the project will be due on 2 September 2005.

ENDS


Hon Parekura Horomia
Minita Tuarua mo Te Mātauranga

3 Here-turi-kōkā 2005 Pānui Pāpāho

He hotaka hou hei äwhina ki te whakapai ake I nga pukenga o nga whänau mo te tiaki I a rätou tamariki


He ai ki a Parekura Horomia te mema mo Ikaroa – Räwhiti i roto i tana pänui i te ra nei, ka taea e ngä kura mo te hunga köhungahunga kei roto i te rohe o Heretaunga me Masterton o roto i te rohe o Ikaroa – Tairäwhiti, te tono ki te whakahaere i tëtahi hötaka hou hei äwhina ki te whakapai ake i ngä pükenga o ngä whänau mo te tiaki i a rätou tamariki.

He ai ki a Parekura Horomia, he tino take nui tënei ki to tätou rohe ki te äwhina i ngä whänau, ä, ki te whakapai ake i ngä putanga, ä, ki te whakamaha atu i ngä huarahi wätea mo a tätou tamariki köhungahunga. E whakatuwhera ana i ngä huarahi ki ngä pokapü mo te hunga köhungahunga kei roto i to tätou rohe ki te whai wähi i roto i tënei kaupapa hou whakaongaonga.

Ka whakaratohia e te hötaka päpori te mätauranga ki ngä mätua, ngä äwhina päpori me ngä mahi äwhina ki ngä whänau. Ka taea e ngä pokapü mo te hunga köhungahunga kei roto i te rohe o Heretaunga me Masterton kua raihanatia, ä, kua whakamanatia te tono mo tënei kaupapa i roto i te wähanga tuatahi.

Ka whakaratohia e te hötaka ngä:

- mätauranga ki ngä mätua i ngä pokapü mo te hunga kohu-ngahunga, i ngä whare ränei o ngä hapori e pätata mai ana, ki te whanake i o rätou pükenga mo te tiaki i a rätou tamariki.

- äwhina hapori mai i ngä röpu äwhina mo ngä mätua me a rätou mahi, i ngä pokapu mo te hunga köhungahunga, mai ränei i ëra atu ratonga äwhina pokapü.

- ngä mahi o waho atu i ngä pokapü i te taha o ëra atu ratonga hapori, ina koa mo ngä tamariki e noho mörearea ana, me ngä mätua e noho mörearea ana.

E matua ana ki te Käwana me te Iwi Mäori te haere tonu o te whai wähi a ngä tamariki me o rätou whänau i roto i ngä pokapü mo te hunga köhungahunga

He ai ki a Parekura Horomia, e möhio ana mätou ma te whiwhi i te kounga o te mätauranga mo te hunga köhungahunga, ka tino pai ake ngä putanga mätauranga ki ngä tamariki. Ma te hono i ngä pokapü mo te hunga köhungahunga ki te käinga me te hapori, ka taea e tätou te whakapakari ngä ratonga, ä, ki te whakamaha atu i ngä tamariki e whai wähi mai ana.

A te 2 o Hepetema o 2005, ka kati ngä tono mo te wähanga tuatahi o tënei kaupapa.

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