Mana Atua Health & Wellbeing: the Heart of the Early Childhood Curriculum
Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November 2016
The 2016 Government budget highlighted a continued commitment to participation in early childhood education. Increasing participation has significant implications for quality in the early childhood sector in terms of capacity to provide education and care for the children, whānau and communities of Aotearoa New Zealand. The health and wellbeing of children in early childhood education is a critical element of quality that requires an inclusive and shared whole-community approach.
The year 2016 is also the year in which the early childhood education sector celebrates 20 years of the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. The curriculum document provides a strong emphasis on the interconnection of health, wellbeing, care and education. The shared national commitment for children “to grow up as confident, competent learners and communicators, health in mind, body and spirit…”, provides a framework for weaving health and education research and practice for the benefit of early childhood centre communities.
In recognition of the complex and shared task for health and education, this two day hui invites parents, teachers, researchers, policy makers and community groups to:
- Share and discuss multidisciplinary health and wellbeing research findings for early childhood education
- Identify health and wellbeing practises that work with the early childhood education curriculum.
- Promote policy directions that support healthy child development through quality early childhood education.
Day One: Research and Policy Hui (sponsored by AUT)
An overview of contemporary research presented from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Topics include stress and wellbeing, noise, sleep, nutrition, activity, indoor and outdoor design and environments. The day ends with a panel discussion on policy directions. See the facebook page for a full programme.
When: Friday 25 November 2016, 9am Registration and coffee, Hui 9.30am to 5.30pm
Where: AA234, Auckland University of Technology, North Shore Campus, Northcote, Auckland.
Day Two: Health and Wellbeing Workshops (sponsored by 5+ A Day)
Practical workshops about best practice for early childhood educators and public health practitioners focused on promoting health and wellbeing. Sessions apply technical knowledge within the context of the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. Presented by Mike Bedford (ECE health specialist and designer, University of Otago) and Brogan Harvey (Heart Foundation).
When: Saturday 26 November 2016, 9.30am to 3pm
Where: AJ105/106, Auckland University of Technology, North Shore Campus, Northcote, Auckland.
Please confirm your attendance for this free event by registering for one or both days.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are many high frequency bus services travelling close to the AUT North Campus. You could also catch a train or ferry and then take the bus. For information on public transport options, please go to Auckland Transport website https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry
Cycle racks are located at the entrance to the Sports and Fitness Centre (AH building) and opposite the entrance to the Library (AL building). A map of cycleways on the North Shore is available online https://at.govt.nz/media/399608/northern-cycle-map.pdf
All parking at AUT North Shore campus is Pay and Display $1 per hour or $6 all day. Please drive in Gate 3 and find a space in Carpark 7. Pay and display machines accept coins, credit card and TXT-a park payments (Vodafone only). You need to display your ticket date side up on the vehicle dash. Tow away applies for non-compliance.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No. Please email email@example.com if you would like to cancel your registration and we will transfer your space to the next person on the waitlist. Both days have limited capacity so we would appreciate it if you let us know if you are unable to attend.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, there is no need to print your ticket. There will be a name-tag waiting for your at the door if you have registered.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and Sarah will redirect your query to the most appropriate person on the organising committee.