Special needs project for Cromwell
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said seven Cromwell schools and early childhood education centres would soon participate in a project to better support children with special education needs.
“Goldfields Primary, Cromwell Primary, Cromwell Kindergarten, Barnardos Early Learning Centre, Little Wonders Early Childhood Centre, Cromwell Early Learning Centre and Molyneux Educare will work together to build a better understanding of inclusive education, offering a more effective additional learning support process.
“I believe this will benefit the Cromwell community and its learners, parents and teachers, with struggling children receiving the help that they need sooner.
“This local project is the result of community consultation over what additional learning support improvements were needed and it will be supplemented by national improvements which will result in a more streamlined approach to additional learning support.
“It is primarily aimed at Central Otago children aged from four to six, but could include other age groups.
“The Ministry of Education held 156 forums around the country, and over 3,650 parents, families, young people and educators contributed feedback since April.
“It's feedback like this which has driven this project and I am confident this child-centred approach will deliver for children in the Central Otago area needing extra help.
“From mid-2016 a new streamlined approach will also be rolled out to better support children and young people who are in need of additional learning support. In the meantime, 22 improvement projects, like the one in Cromwell, will start in the coming weeks across New Zealand.
“These projects are part of National’s focus to deliver better education services for every child.”
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru