New online education lecture programme meets demand for upskilling by ECE teachers and parents alike
New Zealand’s largest in-home childcare provider, PORSE has launched an online education lecture programme it says will help meet the demand for upskilling and education from those working inside the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector as well as parents, caregivers and even the corporate workforce.
The ‘ForLife’ education programme offers a range of webinars across subjects including relationships, behaviour and communication.
“Every one working in Early Childhood Education across NZ as well as Kiwi parents can access the webinars. These are live, online seminars held in real time in which people can participate through chatting, file-sharing and asking questions. It’s very interactive,” says PORSE group business development manager Pip Thompson.
The webinars, designed and developed by child mental health specialists, independent researchers and ECE tutors, and offer practical guidance on how to support and grow a developing brain during the most critical years.
“We aim to provide useful, targeted, real-life training to support parents, caregivers and educators with transitions, milestones and behaviours. Some of the webinars are specifically designed for working with children while others have a broader application and will help develop relationship skills in workplaces. We have designed ‘ForLife’ to be important for upskilling of educators and those working in the ECE sector, and also as a valuable resource for parents, grandparents, caregivers and corporate employees."
PORSE is the only home-based provider in New Zealand that is an accredited Private Training Establishment. Being a Category One training provider, the organisation is placed in the top 20 percent of all tertiary providers in the country. PORSE was the first provider to bring NZQA NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education Care Level 4 qualifications to market, designing the qualification framework programme itself. It is still the only online provider of the programme and the addition of ‘ForLife’ sees the net widen to offer short programmes to everyone.
The ForLife website www.forlifenz.com has details of the many webinars available, including:
· The Power of Relationships Hardwired for connection.
· Growing in Connection Understanding the science of relationships and how to build a foundation of love.
· Talk to Me Communication, conversation and the foundations of language.
· Behaviour has Meaning Staying connected through the tricky times.
· The Power of Play Why play is important - and endangered.
· Sleep Like a Baby Understanding the science of sleep, settling and supporting these in a relationship.
· Transition to School
Developing social and dispositional skills and familiarity with the school environment.
ForLife webinars and Growing in Connection sessions are offered free of charge to PORSE educators as part of their professional development. Webinar cost to families, members of the ECE sector and the community are $20 per webinar and run for one hour in the evenings. Growing in Connection sessions cost $100 for all six sessions and run for one hour per session across six weeks.
PORSE is New Zealand’s largest home-based Early Childhood Education (ECE) provider, delivering education and care for more than 3,500 children from 0-6 years. The company has 1,200 educators and 142 community team staff nationwide. PORSE has been driving the in-home ECE sector for more than two decades, and is the only provider in the country delivering both care and education, the latter in the form of NZQA early learning training programmes developed specifically for the industry.
PORSE is owned Rrahul and Bhavini Dosshi. The Dosshis own both PORSE in-home childcare and its associated education and training arm, as well as Rainbow Corner childcare centres throughout New Zealand