We know this may be a difficult time for many of you. It may feel stressful, knowing your children are going to be at home and out of their normal routines for a number of weeks. The best thing you can do as a parent to support your children is be present - spend time with them, engage with them, talk to them and communicate with them.
Early childhood education isn't about fancy resources, it's about love, time and guidance, and about creating learning opportunities out of everyday experiences.
To help, we've pulled together a selection of resources which you may find useful for using with your tamariki.
The Ministry of Education is also currently developing new resources that will include:
- Practical activities - tip sheets, conversation starters
- Wellbeing guidance - dealing with challenging conversations, where to go for help
- Resources for parents and whānau - building partnerships about learning
These resources will be available on the Ministry of Education's Learning from Home website as soon as they are available.
If you have any suggestions for additional resources, websites, information or ideas, please contact us and let us know. We'd love to hear from you!
Plunket is the largest provider of free support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under five in New Zealand.
Healthline is staffed by an experienced team that includes registered nurses, paramedics and health advisors, who can provide you with health information and advice on care.
While we normally love the great outdoors, Scouts have pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas to keep kids entertained while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
Come along on a journey with Aroha, as she wards off nervousness, fear, worrying thoughts and apprehension, with simple, yet effective tools.
Especially for tamariki feeling anxious at bedtime at the moment, here is Scotty Morrison's karakia mō te moe.
Here's a great little song for tamariki that talks about happiness and feeling well, designed to soothe the anxiety of children.
Cottle Kindergarten in Upper Hutt have created a social story on Coronavirus for their tamariki - you may find it useful, too!
Here's a great little activity to get the kids moving while you're at home - their very own obstacle course!
To help parents teach their children about what is going on in the world and about the importance of social distancing as we tackle the pandemic, The Wiggles have released a new song.
Te Reo Singalong books are award winning picture song books with CDs that make learning te reo Maori easy.