ECE students look to strengthen centre whānau partnerships

ECE students look to strengthen centre whānau partnerships

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Early childhood education students at New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) are developing innovative solutions to build stronger relationships between teachers, whānau and communities.

Students attended a two day Block Course at the college’s Auckland Campus where they reflected upon the importance of involving a child’s family in their learning and considered practical ways to support this.

Block Courses are a requirement of the college’s blended learning mode, which enables students to study online while gaining practical experience in an early childhood centre.

The students shared their creative ideas for apps, events, websites, and resources that could encourage and invite collaboration with parents.

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) student Anagi Dias and her teammates discussed their idea for an app where teachers could share useful information with parents, including their child’s learning stories, daily activities and calendar.

Anagi said she was looking forward to sharing her new knowledge and ideas with her colleagues.

“It was great working in a group and being able to hear everyone’s different perceptions. It’s not only going to help with our assignments, I also have so many new ideas now to take back and contribute to my centre,” said Anagi.

“Block Courses offer a great opportunity for our students to build connections, ask questions and see their learning come together. This gives them the confidence to make suggestions and bring new ideas into their centres,” said NZTC Lecturer Binky Laureta.

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