Supporting Parents and Whanau
Supporting parents and whanau to nurture their children’s learning and development has become a high priority in schools and early childhood centres, but it is not easy. Often it is the same small group of people doing the volunteer work, responding to surveys, or attending meetings. The result is that parents are missing out, teachers are missing out, and most importantly, children are missing out.
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Give Me Five is a promise
Give Me Five is a promise from parent to child and a promise from parent to school or centre.
School volunteers, parents and other family members are asked to give just five hours of their time during the year. This makes it seem possible to fit a little volunteering into a busy lifestyle.
PTA and staff members are encouraged to think of meaningful ways to include families in the life of the school, so that all parents have a chance to be involved.
The programme coordinator keeps a tally of the number of hours parents have given and volunteers who reach their five-hour goal are recognised for their contribution.