TITLE

BLENDING WHÄ€NAU/FAMILY DEVELOPMENT, PARENT SUPPORT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

AUTHOR(S)
Munford, Robyn; Sanders, Jackie; Maden, Bruce; Maden, Elizabeth
PUB. DATE
November 2007
SOURCE
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Nov2007, Issue 32, p72
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Internationally, the combination of early childhood education and parent support and whānau/family development initiatives are recognised as having the potential to improve child outcomes and overall whānau/family wellbeing. This paper considers the experience of a community organisation that has successfully blended these two service components. The paper highlights some of the benefits of this programme, which developed from a playgroup and a counselling service in the 1990s into a fully developed community centre and licensed early childhood centre in 2004. The paper also considers some of the challenges the current policy environment poses for services that blend early childhood and parent support initiatives. Two related areas of tension are identified - the perceived emphasis on staff qualification as a key marker of a high-quality programme, and the funding model for early childhood care and education programmes - an unintended consequence of which may be to disadvantage services that have high levels of parent engagement.
ACCESSION #
28692303

 

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