A full Centre refresh took place this year, over a period of five months. All flooring was replaced, walls, ceilings and woodwork painted, and autex added to main rooms in each section, offices and corridor spaces.
In consultation with the university we have expanded our space by taking on a piece of land beside the Centre. We plan to use this as a large outside play space for the children.
All four Sections were recognised as finalists in the Prime Minister's excellence in education awards in 2015.
The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. Massey Child Care Centre was named a Finalist in the 2015 Awards under the excellence
in leading category.
This award celebrates leadership and influence that have strengthened professional capability and created a change in conditions, leading to improved and sustained outcomes for all children and young people. By changing its organisational and learning culture through the implementation of a Community of Practice philosophy, Massey Child Care Centre enabled all community members voices to be heard which in turn fostered the children’s interests, skills and abilities. This process enhanced the quality of programmes for all children.
Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata said, “The winners and all the finalists typify the very best of teaching practice in New Zealand. We know that great teachers make a real difference and that is exactly what all the finalists have done.”
ECE ICT Professional Learning programme Kea and Kiwi Sections. The Kea and Kiwi Sections were selected in 2007 to take part in a Ministry of Education 3 year pilot programme to research the use of ICT in early childhood education. The purpose of this Ministry of Education pilot programme is to develop teachers confidence and capability as users of ICT to enhance children’s learning and their own practice and professional learning.
Development of Nature Corridors
Centre of Innovation. Hoiho Section A Ministry of Education action research project. The Hoiho Section was selected in 2005 to undertake a 3 year action research project as part of the Ministry of Education’s Centre of Innovation programme.