15 May 2012

Home-based education programme for Pasifika families

10:44 am on 15 May 2012

An early childhood education programme in Porirua is training poor Pacific Island families to care for pre-school children.

The Etu Ao programme provides access to 30 free hours of home-based early childhood education while a nominated caregiver receives training towards a certificate in caring for children.

Once qualified, each educator then becomes a self-employed contractor, earning up to $400 a week providing childcare which was previously unpaid.

The programme's director, Danny Mareko, says it also helps to bring caregivers' homes up to child safety standards by installing gates and locks for free.

Thirteen people have graduated from the programme to date.