Communities of learning

by Amy Adams

I am pleased that a number of local kindergartens and preschools have recently joined Communities of Learning in the Selwyn region.

Examples include Annabel’s Educare and Darfield Preschool and Nursery, which have joined the Malvern Community of Learning, and Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre, Lincoln Village Preschool & Nursery, Kidsfirst Kindergarten in Lincoln and Prebbleton Kindergarten, which are part of the Nga Matapuna o Nga Pakihi Community of Learning.

This mirrors the trend happening across New Zealand where the number of early learning services joining Communities of Learning/Kahui Ako has almost doubled to 184 in just four months.

New figures show we now have 24 Communities of Learning in Canterbury. There are 191 Canterbury schools in Communities of Learning, alongside 49 early learning providers, covering more than 63,790 children and young people. Nationally there are now 197 Kahui Ako, covering 1,630 schools, 184 early learning services and four tertiary providers. More than 540,000 young people are benefitting from the collaborative model and 1,100 teachers and principals have been appointed to new positions in Communities of Learning.

The fact that we have so many schools working together is great news for our young people. It means that more of our students are benefitting from teachers sharing best practice and collaborating to raise achievement across the whole community.

Through sharing data, resources and expert teachers to focus on tackling their achievement challenges, this model of collaboration is supporting educators to ensure all students have the best opportunity to achieve all that they’re capable of.

It’s also good news that more young children will be better supported as they progress from early learning into primary and then secondary education within one community.

Their transitions between early learning, primary and secondary schooling will be smoother as teachers work together to share information about their students as they move through their education pathway.