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ECE symposium in Gisborne

Early Childhood Education teachers from around Tairawhiti assembled in Gisborne for a two-day symposium yesterday.

“We had 125 delegates attending across Te Tairawhiti from a wide range of early childhood services,” said Christine Taare from Ahi Komau, which facilitates professional development opportunities for early childhood educators in Tairawhiti.

“This is an incredible feat in itself knowing that kaiako (teachers) are enthusiastic to come together for this great opportunity of learning.

“The key kaupapa is specific to our teaching and learning alongside pepi (babies), infants and toddlers.

“This is significant professional learning and development for kaiako and educators inclusive of te ao Maori perspectives.

Key aspects of the symposium were aroha (love), manaakitanga (care/kindness) and pono (sincerity).

Ms Taare said they symposium was also about “strengthening our own wellbeing, being inspired for new learning as teachers, and collaborating for the best outcomes for the tamariki and whanau we serve in our community”.

The conference was funded and supported by the Ministry of Education.

“The Gisborne and Napier MOE regional office gave their full support to this kaupapa for which we are hugely grateful.”