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 12 October 2017 

Don’t Ask “who’s the donor?”, or “who’s the real mum ?” 


An early childhood lecturer, Kath Cooper, has shared information about supporting rainbow families on the news and feature website, The Spinoff.


Kath has had input from the Rainbow Families NZ community for her article, which also reflects her personal experience in caring for children and grandchildren.  Her suggestions include things like not making assumptions about a child’s family make-up, not asking inappropriate personal questions, and not dividing children by gender for activities or processes such as lining up.


This article can inspire discussions in teaching teams about making sure all children and families feel a sense of belonging.  Here’s the link to the full article.  





Now We are Four


Overcrowding and transience are real issues for many New Zealand families according to the Growing Up in New Zealand study.


A book about the study has just been produced, “Now We Are Four –describing the pre-school years.” It includes a lot of information about children’s lives which can be used by policy makers.


About half of all families with children aged four live in rental accommodation, according to the study.  Overcrowding is an issue, with half of all Pasifika children aged four sharing a bedroom with an adult.


The report is a rich data source with information about many facets of children’s lives including enrolment in early learning services, nutrition and weight, dental health, screen use, oral language, physical activity, emotional regulation and family makeup.   

Here’s the link to the full report.





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