Covid disruption no obstacle to qualifying in early childhood education with Te Rito Maioha ECNZ

The disruptions posed by studying from home and changes to alert levels need not be a barrier to finishing an early childhood qualification on time through Te Rito Maioha (ECNZ).

Chief Executive Kathy Wolfe says the strength of Te Rito Maioha’s online delivery is an advantage for our students. 

“Over the last few years, Te Rito Maioha has invested significantly to ensure we can deliver high-quality tertiary education online.” 

“This approach has really paid off through the challenges presented by Covid-19. We were ready.  We have been able to be agile in our delivery, continuing to stay connected and engaged with our students | tauira without any disruption to their learning.”

“All programmes that were to have face to face block course and noho marae gained approval from the New Zealand Teaching Council and NZQA to run virtually. Agencies and providers working together to ensure minimal impact on student success was amazing. Our academic and programme leaders developed an alternative option for these face-to-face parts of delivery for each programme, which included Zoom hui and regular smaller group hui, as well as adapting the tasks set for students.” 

“Our lecturers provided support to ensure tauira experienced the same high standard of teaching and learning they would usually receive in our programmes. They revised their programme content into online delivery and were prepared to think outside the box to make that happen.” 

“Lecturers also considered the need for manaakitanga (caring and connecting) and whakawhanaungatanga (including everyone). Reaching out and supporting students was, and continues to be a priority for us, especially important during these challenging times.”

“Te Rito Maioha advocated strongly on our students’ behalf and we have been able to work with government agencies to ensure that students would not be disadvantaged through their learning journey last year.”

“Where students missed a final practicum as a result of the pandemic, we worked with these agencies to ensure students could complete their qualification on time and, on starting or continuing in their jobs, that they were able to undertake additional supervised mentoring to make up for what they missed.”

“Although hope is on the horizon with the vaccine rollout, there’s still uncertainty in many areas. Our Office 365 offering to every student has given us that extra edge for students to be successful in their learning journey with us.  We’re excited to be able to offer a continuing high level of assurance for people who come to study with us.”

“We will support you to complete your qualification, your success is our priority,” says Kathy Wolfe.