Our team deliver a range of programmes around progressive styles of teaching and learning. They also coordinate local networks and resource provision for various Early Childhood Educators and Kōhanga Reo.

We provide support to early childhood students in training, parents, early childhood teachers and children in the following ways:

  • Implementation of Ka Hikitia – Māori enjoying and achieving educational success as Māori. Support includes Te Reo Māori tuition, children’s waiata, kapa haka, outdoor games, stories, weaving, maramataka and the celebration of Matariki.
  • Subsidised, quality, locally situated professional learning and development
  • Mentoring and support for students completing an Early Childhood qualification
  • Advice and guidance –
    • for ECE/Kōhanga Reo and parenting options
    • to create sustainable healthy nature based environments/ Taiao where children learn to love the environment, cultivate food and reduce and manage waste.
  • Early intervention education awareness including autism, oral language, FASD, trauma in young children and the importance of before school health checks.
  • Networking forum –
    • between Health Services, Social Services, and Early Childhood Services/Kōhanga Reo
    • for New Entrant/Kura and Early Childhood/Kōhanga Reo Kaiako to discuss seamless transitions for young children.
  • Curriculum support and child centred learning including music, carpentry and art.
  • Support for parent based rurally isolated Puna Reo and Playgroups.

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Engaging Priority Families | Whānau

Jenna Waipouri


Kia Ora, my name is Jenna Waipouri and I am the Engaging Priority Families / Whānau Coordinator at Far North REAP.
I am seeking to engage Parents / Caregivers of children aged 3-4, who are finding it difficult to access Early Childhood Education Centres for any reason. I can also awhi / help with transitionsing four years olds into school or kura.
My role is to awhi and assist parents / caregivers and whānau of children aged 3-4 who would like their children to attend an Early Childhood Centre. Parents / caregivers and whānau will be fully supported throughout their journey, from choosing the right facility to suit you and your child’s needs, through to your child’s first week’s at School or Kura as this can be a daunting process.
I can help in any way possible to make the transition easier for you, your whanau and most importantly, your child. Support will be continuous for up to 6 months as needed.
The geographical area for this initiative is Kaitaia, Awanui, Karepōnia Hill, Waipapakāuri through to Kaingaroa.

If you would like to access this service or like more information, please contact Jenna Waipouri, she is more than happy to have a chat.