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The Ministry of Education has supported New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) to create learning hubs within the league community. This is done through exploring opportunities to promote and champion early learning utilising NZRL facilities as natural settings.
As part of their philosophy “more than just a game”', NZRL has established playgroups in their clubrooms. This has a nice fit alongside other government strategies for example the anti domestic violence campaign ‘It’s not ok’. Aimed at attracting members’ families, an invitation is extended to anyone in the local community to bring their children along and be part of providing a better future for all Kiwis. Two playgroups have been established so far in club rooms in Mangere and Otara.
As a result of this collaboration NZRL are now expanding their thinking to even bigger opportunities in order to support their communities in early learning. The idea of creating a community hub that provides services that support the whole services is now being explored. This innovation will involve a cross agency approach. Already the Ministry, the Ministry of Social Development, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Ministry of Health, Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, and the New Zealand Police have come together with NZRL to discuss how a strategy can be developed so that everyone can work together under one umbrella to best support the communities NZRL work in and with.
Watch VIDEO: Community Innovations in Early Childhood Education for more information about the NZRL Playgroup innovation
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