In-Home Childcare Provider Encouraging ECE Participation

13 November 2013

In-Home Childcare Provider
Encouraging ECE Participation

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PORSE In-home childcare
has today committed to taking a leading role in South
Auckland to encourage more Māori and Pacific Island
children into early childhood education (ECE) to reach
Government targets.

The Papakura and Takanini regions in
South Auckland have one of the highest non-participation
rates in ECE in New Zealand and the Government is now
providing more funding to help South Auckland ECE providers
bring on more Māori and Pasifika children.

The New
Zealand Government has set a target of having 98 percent of
children participating in ECE before starting school, by

PORSE South Auckland consultant Glenda Stewart says
PORSE is working hard in the area to try and engage with
more Māori and Pacific Island families.

“We are trying
to break down barriers and raise awareness by helping these
families understand that financial childcare support is
available. We want to reduce educational disparity so part
of our focus is to better resource the homes of Māori and
Pasifika educators.”

PORSE Samoan Educator Sila To’o
is a big advocate of in-home childcare because it’s given
her the opportunity to be self-employed and look after
Pacific Island children in South Auckland.

“There are a
lot of cultural values that need to be respected in our
Pacific Island community. Part of my ECE programme involves
playing Pacific Island music and reading stories that the
children can relate to.”

Mrs To’o teaches English to
some of the Pasifika children in her care and sometimes
takes them to church. She also has a large Samoan flag
hanging in her living room and ensures the children learn
about their heritage.

“I look after three and four year
olds so I help prepare them for school, teaching them to
read and write and with the support of PORSE I get them out
into the community. We enjoy going to a lot of the free
community events that PORSE organises.”

Ms Stewart says
organising large community events is another initiative
which attracts Māori and Pacific Island families to
participate in ECE.

“Lots of Families and Educators come
to our free events like our Matariki day, red nose day and
puppet show. This provides an opportunity to communicate
with families and raise awareness about the ECE that is
available. It’s also a fun way to engage families in our

PORSE is working to tailor affordable
childcare to suit South Auckland families’ budgets and
lifestyles with the ability to utilise subsidies such as
WINZ, 20 hours ECE for three and four year olds, Multiple
Birth and PORSE subsidies.

Samoan parent, Mary Tautali
uses PORSE and says it aligns well with her family values
and has enabled her to study hospitality. She uses WINZ
subsidies and the 20 hours ECE for her three and four year

“In Samoa it’s important for females to be
raising children at home. I need to study so I can get
employment in New Zealand and PORSE in-home care is the next
best thing to me being at home with my children. I’m happy
that my children are in a safe, secure home environment with
PORSE,” said Mrs Tautali.

In-home childcare is the
fastest growing ECE sector for children and Ms Stewart says
PORSE is working hard to support educators like Sila To’o
who value Pacific Island heritage and will help raise
awareness of ECE for South Auckland families.

“We have
made it a priority to understand and value the identity,
language and culture of Māori and Pasifika children. We
want to ensure our PORSE children are given opportunities to
develop their knowledge and understanding of cultural

PORSE is also working hard on initiatives to
transition informal childcare into formal

“There are a lot of Māori and Pacific Island
grandparents who look after their grandchildren and don’t
realise they can get paid for it. If they contact PORSE we
can help them run their own business and help provide them
with better access to resources. Grandparents can also enjoy
the free training programmes available through PORSE if they
formalise their childcare arrangements,” said Ms

PORSE provides all educators and parents with
free nationally recognised training programmes to learn more
about early brain development and secure attachment


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