Babies’ futures are shaped through nurturing relationships. Parents and wider whānau have the greatest influence on the development of tamariki in the first three years, so it's important whānau are able to thrive. We’ve got a particular interest in supporting parents and wider whānau to wrap rich oral language around tamariki. Our partners and stakeholders understand the importance of responsive interaction with babies and toddlers and the vital role early language plays in shaping the future identities of tamariki as learners, thinkers, talkers and readers.
We also have a particular interest in creating rich language environments that affirm the cultural identities of tamariki. Language, culture and knowledge are inextricably linked and are foundations for success laid down in the early years. Supporting and affirming whānau and aiga is key to ensuring tamariki succeed in multiple worlds.
Investing in the early years has long-term positive impacts economically, educationally, socially, culturally and in terms of health.
Our stakeholders let us know what they thought would be the most effective way for the next Government to support young tamariki and their whānau to thrive: extend parental leave, provide further support for parents so they have the time to connect with their baby, support wider whānau who care of young tamariki, adequate income such as a living wage, local and culturally affirming parenting and ante-natal support, te reo Māori revitalisation and quality early learning.
What kinds of investment does Government need to make to ensure parents and wider whānau are thriving so that tamariki can thrive too?
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