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From age 0 to 5 - early childhood and kohanga reo education - ngā kaitaunaki kōhungahunga

Whether you are an early childhood educator (ECE), or the parent or caregiver of an under 5, we’ve got your learning needs covered.
Check out how we can help you, through professional development, touring performers, transition-to-school, resources and other ECE related support services.

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Professional development

Check out our calendar of professional development activities and register your interest.

Touring performers

Check out our calendar of visiting performers and register your interest.


The ‘Transition-to-School’ forums bring together professionals from early childhood centres and primary schools within the Kawerau, Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne districts. These forums provide the opportunity to discuss issues and solutions regarding the transition-to-school process and to develop an understanding of the changes and new expectations for children and whānau.

Contact our ECE coordinator if you are interested in participating.

ECE-related support services

  • The Early Years Services Hub provides a central point where families can access a range of services including ante-natal care, Well Child health checks and immunisation programmes, and quality childcare and education for under sixes

  • Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) is a support programme for new parents of children aged 0 to 3.  The programme is based on the philosophy that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers.  PAFT involves monthly home visits that include hands-on learning for parents and developmental checks for children

  • Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based programme that supports parents in becoming actively involved in the learning of their four and five-year-old  children

  • Specialist facilitators of te reo and tikanga Māori, carpentry, art, storytelling and permaculture and many other topics – tell us what you need and we will help you find it

  • Safer Kawerau Kids Injury Prevention Programme (SKKIPP) aims to prevent injury in children in the 0-14 year old bracket.  The SKKIPP programme is for children, parents and teachers in the Kawerau district;it is focused on preventing falls, poisons, burns, and any other preventable injury, while promoting road and water safety

  • Strategies with Kids – Information for Parents (SKIP) SKIP's aim is that all children in New Zealand are safe and nurtured, so they can grow into happy, capable adults. Eastbay REAP supports SKIP by delivering programmes that enable parents to build positive relationships with their children.


Meet Eastbay REAP’s Early Childhood Education Coordinator here…

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