Early Childhood & Kohanga Reo Education

From Age 0 to 5
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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 below.

Our role is to fill the gaps around learning, based on what you need. Some examples to give a flavour of what this can look like include:

  • Life science (including Maori concepts)

  • Digital technology and curriculum

  • Te Reo Maori, tikanga, and waiata

  • Cultural pedagogy and learning support

  • Child wellness, development, and behaviour

  • Teacher professional development

  • Facilitating/brokering groups and networks


Upcoming Early Childhood & Kohanga Reo
Courses and Events



ECE-related support services

Family Support provides a central point where Murupara 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

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 in Murupara and Whakatane

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

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.

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

Community Playgroups offer parent-inclusive early childhood learning spaces (including mobile service options!). A qualified ECE facilitator provides quality learning activities that non-participating children under 5 can engage in. This is a great space for those whanau that aren't sure what ECE options they should use.


Mana Aki Early Years is parting of our engaging Priority Families approach, to identify and support whanau who have children under 5 who are participating in any form of early childhood education. Our facilitator helps shape a plan that suits the family and child, and then provide supports to increase participation in a service that fits.