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On 25 November Te Nuinga, an Engaging Priority Families (EPF) provider, held a fun day for held at Port Waikato.
One of the children turned five and he was presented with a School Start First Impressions (SSFI) parcel which contained the following:
- school uniform
- school stationery
- letter confirming that the first year school fees would be paid
- school shoes
- school bag/lunch box and drink bottle
- birthday cake
- birthday party parcel
- birthday present
- socks, underwear and toys.
School Start First Impressions considers that making the first day of school a positive experience for the child by celebrating and acknowledging the importance of that child. It acknowledges the beginning of school as a major step for the child towards education, independence and becoming a person making their way in the world.
Since the SSFI involvement approximately 150 “5 Kitboxes” have been provided to children within the EPF Programme.
The mother of the five year old boy thanked the kaimahi (support worker) for the support and awhi (help) over the last three years. Her son knows how to spell his name, can read more now and has learnt how to share with other children.
School Start First Impressions is an initiative of the Addenbrooke Foundation based in Auckland which is the umbrella registered charity which has been established to pursue various charitable objectives in the community.
starting school first impressions http://www.schoolstartfirstimpressions.org.nz/about-us.html
EPF co-ordinators help 3 and 4 year old children to go to ECE. They support the hardest to reach families, helping them to find the right early learning option for them, encouraging regular attendance, supporting learning at home and helping them with the transition to school.