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Welcome to the Early Childhood programme of Te Kura!

Our early childhood education service is a free, individualised programme for children aged two to six years old. It is designed by registered early childhood teachers who are based in Wellington.

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Our teachers will work in partnership with your whānau using the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, to create and develop an individualised programme of learning for your child.

Your child’s teachers want to hear from you and your child regularly, and you should feel free to contact them at any time.

With your help, teachers will set learning goals that reflects your tamariki interests and abilities, as well as your whānau lifestyle, values and beliefs. The learning goals may expand on your child’s current interests or stimulate a new area of learning. Your feedback about what your child says and does, and their challenges and progress will help your teachers choose learning goals and materials.

You and your child will use a secure online learning space to access some of their learning resources and connect with teachers. Online learning uses a mix of online, printed material and activities. You and your child will use technology to explore their world.

If your child has special teaching needs, their programme will be developed in consultation with you and others who are involved in supporting your child’s development and well-being.

We’ve called our online learning space My Te Kura. You and your child will be accessing online learning resources in the My Early Childhood course. Your child will get to listen, read and explore new activities throughout the year.

Your child’s teachers will be in touch to talk about how online learning can be used as part of your child’s programme of learning along with printed material and activities.

You’ll get an automated email to let you know when your child has been enrolled in their course. You’ll learn more about My Te Kura in Get Exploring.

You and your child will receive a range of learning resources through the post each month. These resources will be selected by your child’s teachers and personalised for their interests and learning needs.

Many of these printed resources and activities are for you to keep, but books and some other resources need to be returned to us. You’ll learn more about returning posted resources in Get Exploring.

There will be opportunities to meet with your child’s teachers and classmates using My Te Kura virtual classroom sessions. Where possible, we hold day events throughout the country that offer you and your child a chance to meet Te Kura teachers and the other families who live in your area.

Find some time to share with your child every day.

This can involve the whole whānau. Use the time to:

  • read stories together
  • listen to music
  • play games
  • explore your home environment
  • watch and encourage your child to paint, draw or work on a puzzle.

Your child will also benefit from having time and support to use the learning materials independently; for example, looking at books or doing a puzzle. They will still need you to notice and encourage them in what they are doing.

Because children learn through practice and repetition, learning materials should be available for them to use regularly.

We are here to support your child’s learning and encourage regular contact through our online learning environment My Te Kura or by email, phone, Live Chat or mail.

Feedback is essential to ensure we work together to extend your child’s programme of learning. We will support you to help your child learn online and encourage you to login regularly to stay up to date with new activities and important news.

What your child needs

Te Kura is a leader of online learning. Your child will use My Te Kura, our secure online learning space, to access some of their learning resources and connect with teachers.

Your child will need access to a suitable device and internet connectivity to learn online. The following is a guide only. The best choice will depend on your whānau needs.

If your child is not learning online, your learning materials will be posted.

A suitable device for studying is one that enables you to:

  • access the internet and My Te Kura
  • make audio and video recordings (free software is available online)
  • whānau may also create and edit documents to support your child’s learning.

The best options are a laptop or desktop computer, netbook, or tablet PC (also known as a Smart PC) with a hard disk drive of more than 80GB and memory of more than 4GB, as these offer a greater range of functionality than most standard tablets or iPads.

The benefit of a portable device is that students and whānau can learn on the go i.e. take photos of students engaging in learning activities, access My Te Kura and use apps that support learning.

Every child learning online in your home needs a broadband internet connection (dial-up internet is not suitable) and at least 30GB of data per month.

My Te Kura provides a lot of the software and tools your child needs to learn online, along with instructions on how to use them. Other free software and online tools they’ll need include:

  • digital camera or mobile phone with camera
  • internet browser - we recommend Google Chrome
  • headset with microphone or inbuilt computer microphone
  • word processing software – you can download Microsoft Office free of charge
  • anti-virus software

Links to these and other websites for downloading recommended software are available in My Te Kura.

There are some items that would be useful for your child to have:

  • access to a printer and scanner
  • graphics, image editing or drawing software
  • headset with microphone or inbuilt computer microphone
  • PDF-editing software – there are different options available which enable whānau to write directly into PDF files, save work and upload it to My Te Kura to share.