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Is your child falling behind with their reading and writing?

Education Hub founder Dr Nina Hood discusses the decline in literacy achievement in New Zealand and encourages parents and caregivers to seek help if they’re concerned. By Kate Barber Latest literacy statistics from NZQA’s National Monitoring Assessment team suggest a significant chunk of New Zealand students are failing to meet the expected curriculum level as […]

From the US to NZ with four kids & a career

Dr Danielle Jones is a gynaecologist and obstetrician, world traveller and mother of four: twin girls (9) and two boys (5 and 3). Across various social media platforms, “Mama Doctor Jones” discusses pregnancy, parenting and all matters gynaecological. We spoke with Danielle about her passion for maternal health, and on moving the family from Texas […]

Literacy learning at home

Michelle Buckley from NumberWorks’nWords shares tips for promoting reading and supporting learning at home. Have books, magazines, newspapers available and on hand to read. Find a genre or series of books to hook your kids in. Encourage 20-30 minutes of reading a night for enjoyment, for our upper primary students and high school students. For […]

Gemma McCaw: raising daughters & staying grounded

We chat with former New Zealand Black Stick, women’s wellness advocate and mother Gemma Mccaw about kids, family and coping with challenges. Tell us about your delightful daughters. Our 3-year-old Charlotte is a real character. She makes me laugh every day and teaches us patience with her multiple outfit changes that happen every day. She […]

A chat with the parents of Matilda

Showbiz Christchurch’s show Matilda is set to open on Friday 16 September, after a five-month delay because of Covid, and the passion and enthusiasm are as strong as ever. But it’s not just the children who’re buzzing: a year after auditions, parents will finally get to see their kids shine on stage. We chatted with […]

Time to take the kids to Taranaki

A short 90-minute direct flight from Christchurch, you’ll find New Plymouth, Taranaki – the perfect holiday destination for the whole family.  Families can get active along the award-winning Coastal Walkway, a promenade extending 12.7km, with sculptures, cafés and playgrounds dotted along the way. Or, if you’re in the mood for speed and competition, head to […]

Discovering Queenstown

There’s an adventure playground of epic proportions down south, and our family recently discovered it. By Kate Barber Queenstown is world-renowned for its adventure sports, yet our family hadn’t visited before.  While the girls are a bit young (and my threshold for thrills too low) for some of the extreme offerings like bungy jumping, quad […]

Go outside and play

For their health and wellbeing,kids need to play and get physical outside – even when it’s wet and cold. By Kate Barber Exercising and exploring outdoors is crucial for children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. Children test and extend their physical capabilities, burn off energy, learn about the world around them, and build relationships […]