This month, we’ve added some great new research to The Hub, including new research from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner about family group conferences and from the Education Review Office about kōhanga reo.
From October to November 2016, Office of the Children's Commissioner conducted a review of six Child, Youth and Family (CYF) sites. This review was in preparation for the establishment of Oranga Tamariki in April 2017. The review confirmed that high quality preparation for family group conferences (FGCs) is important both for engagement of children and young people and their whānau in FGCs and the subsequent quality of FGC plans. At the time of our visits, pre-FGC practices varied hugely across different sites.
The office concluded that as part of the transformation of CYF into Oranga Tamariki, there was a significant challenge ahead to ensure children and young people and their whānau are adequately prepared for FGCs and that groundwork has been properly laid for FGC involvement. Since further visits, the office has been encouraged by the efforts made by Oranga Tamariki to improve FGC preparation.
This evaluation summary by the Education Review Office highlights effective practice in kōhanga reo, specifically the support children need to grow and thrive through a quality immersion pathway. It identifies what works well, and how this contributes to whānau aspirations for equity and excellence. The Māori paradigm and the connections, relevance and significance of te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori are paramount.
E aro nui ana te whakarāpopototanga aromātai nei ki te āta whakatakoto i ngā whakaritenga e whai hua ana ki ngā kōhanga reo, inarā, ko te tautoko e tika ana kia tupu, kia puāwai hoki ngā tamariki mā te kounga o te rumaki reo Māori. E tāutu ana i tēnā e whai hua ana, me te whai pānga anō hoki o tēnei ki ngā wawata o ngā whānau mō te mana taurite me te hiranga. Ko te tirohanga Māori, ko ngā hononga, te whaitake, me te whakahirahiratanga o te reo Māori, o ngā tikanga Māori, o te ao Māori, me te mātauranga Māori e noho taioreore ana.
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