Education

Early learning in New Zealand

With a wide range of early learning services available, it’s important to know your options and choose the best fit for your child and family.  Your Options In New Zealand, the options are many – with teacher-led services, like kindergartens and preschools, along with parent-led …

Learning at home with the McLean family

Our editor Kate Barber talks with Mum Julia McLean about their decision to homeschool their two eldest children and how the experience has been for the family. The number of families taking their children out of mainstream schooling to learn at home is on the …

Magical metamorphosis

Caterpillars start as small wiggly creatures, go into a chrysalis, and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. But what happens in the chrysalis? Here is an experiment from the Otago Museum that illustrates this amazing science. What you need a plate or a tray playdough  vinegar …

Nanogirl: Meet STEM superhero, Dr Michelle Dickinson

Our editor Kate Barber chatted with Dr Michelle Dickinson, creator of Nanogirl, about the importance of STEM in our lives, why girls need role models in these fields, and why it’s great working with kids. Nanotechnologist and Engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson brings Science, Technology, Engineering …

Help prepare your child to head back to school

Your child may be starting school for the first time, moving on to middle school/intermediate or high school, changing schools, or just heading back to the same old school but a different class. How do you get them ready? School is such a big part …

Share the joy of free play

Playcentre is all about playing and learning together. We look at some of the benefits of this unique early learning option. For optimal development, our children need responsive, loving relationships, a strong sense of belonging and ample opportunities for self-directed, free play. These are the …

Why children need messy play

NATHAN WALLIS urges parents to recognise the importance of unstructured, free play for young children, and embrace a little mess. By KATE BARBER The idea of ‘messy play’ makes many of us tense up, and others roll their eyes. Those two words threaten to upset the …

Stacey Morrison Celebrating Māoritanga

STACEY MORRISON is a familiar face to all New Zealanders, having enjoyed a successful 25-year career in radio and television. Now adding writing to her impressive resumé, she published bestseller My First Words in Māori and co-authored Māori at Home and Māori Made Fun with her …