Date
19 January 2020

Identify parent and whānau needs and desires

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Getting to know, and involving, the student’s family/whānau and the community’

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Build relationships

Build relationships

When building relationships with parents and whānau, it is vital to be respectful and mindful of their experiences.

Consider:

  • their personal preferences for engagement (for example, face-to-face or group-based)
  • suitable timing (time of day or week), acknowledging personal pressures
  • their experiences with schooling
  • the personal situations of the individuals involved (for example, consider the ages, gender and preferences of the individuals, and the financial, time or other commitments you are asking of them
  • culturally responsive actions for different situations
  • the ratio of professionals to family members – too many professionals can be overwhelming.

Work with parents

Work with parents

  • Communicate and share information in a meaningful way, demonstrating understanding and support for parents’ concerns.
  • Involve parents and whānau in determining strategies to support student learning and well-being.
  • Value family members’ knowledge about their child and assessments they have had done outside school.
  • Work with programmes or materials parents and whānau are using at home to maximise consistency and support for the student.
  • Develop systems for passing on information about a student’s needs, progress and next steps.
  • Share information about out-of-school programmes (for example, classes or groups for music, art, hobbies or sport).

Blog transition visits

Blog transition visits

Video or photograph key aspects of transition visits and share them on the student’s e-portfolio or class blog. This provides a stimulus for conversation and supports familiarity.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Family whanau file2

Family/whānau file

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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The principles of Te Whāriki as useful touchstones for reflection

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Partner with the family/whānau”:

Return to the guide “Transitions – managing times of change”

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