Wairarapa News : January 18th 2012
19 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 EDUCATION ZERO FEES New Professionals, Stronger Futures Have you just received your NCEA results! Are you undecided whether you should return to school or do something else! Wellington Trades Academy is a great option for young people. Based at WelTec, Year 12 and 13 students can enrol for free in seven government funded programmes, and kick start their career by gaining a National Trades qualification and achiving NCEA Level Two. Kick start a trade's career now and choose from a great selection of career options, including: Classes start the 7th of February 2012. For an application form or more information contact WelTec on 0800 WELTEC or www.weltec.ac.nz SPACES ARE LIMITED DON'T MISS OUT www.paua.ac.nz 0800-728-277 Are you needing Childcare? Give us a call on 0800-728-277 or visit our website www.paua.ac.nz for more information Consider home based childcare with one of our PAUA Educators. We provide quality childcare uniquely suited to your child. Our Educators are trained and qualified Teachers visit regularly. PAUA is a free service to parents as our Educators set their own fees and parents pay them directly. WINZ Childcare subsidies and 20 Hours ECE are also available for those who qualify. Passionate about Preschoolers? Are you a Mum (or Nana) at home interested in earning extra income? We are looking for people throughout your region to join our home based education team. PAUA provides training, on-going support and learning resources. You can set your own hourly rate based on your experience and qualifications. 4180526AC 4101550AD 437 Queen St, Kuripuni, Masterton T: 06 377 0008 M: 021 895 037 E: email@example.com Initial opening hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am till late Kuripuni Hair Salon New Year, new style, new you How you can help their primary school leap Professor Margaret Walshaw looks at the transition from early childhood centre to school ' With the challenges of learning new material in a new way, it's important to ensure a child doesn't become impassive or disconnected with school's more formal approach. ' Margaret Walshaw, Massey The move from early childhood centre to school is a big change for children. It is a shift most of us can- not remember, but it is important parents are closely involved in the process to make sure the move is as easy and stress-free as possible. A fumbled transition can pose difficulties for new entrants and can have a long- term impact on school achievement, create difficult- ies in making friends and lead to adjustment problems. Look at things from the child's perspective. They are leaving an environment which usually means small classes, small buildings and small children. Often they will be moving to much bigger schools, with big- ger classes, bigger children and different expectations. Teaching at early childhood centres is usually focused around the child, based on their interests and centred on personal, social and emotional development. At school, they will experi- ence a more formal learning environment structured around subject learning with achievement objectives defined externally. Children might be placed in groups from day one. With the challenges of learning new material in a new way, it's important to ensure a child doesn't become impassive or disconnected with school's more formal approach. There are many ways to make the transition easier for your child. Start talking about school in a positive way, but try not to overdo talking about school to the extent your child becomes concerned. Tell your child school is a great place where there are lots of new things to learn. It's a place to make new friends. If you have a choice, visit a number of schools. See which one meets your and your child's needs and what you are looking for. It might need to be close to home or where your child's friends are attending. Make arrangements to visit the classroom before they begin. Many schools provide parents and children opportunities to see the class- room during the school day. Talk about school routines, such as eating lunch at a set time. It helps if your child is as independent as possible. Make sure your child can put on and take off school clothes easily. Shoes with velcro fasteners are easier to manage than shoes with laces. Young children can be lonely at school. A best friend may go to a different school or be in a different room, or may not be at school yet. Many schools arrange a buddy to look after a new child but if not, talk to your child about making new friends. Many children carry with them immense knowledge from their pre-school education. Keep in touch with how your child is doing and sup- port the teacher's mode of teaching to help your child bridge the change in teaching style that comes with a new school. Professor Margaret Walshaw is the research director at Massey University's School of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
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