Home' Advocate Communications : Fiordland Advocate 10 April 2009 Contents 10 April, 2009 | Page 9
The Marakura Yacht Club hosts its annual
Easter regatta on Lake Te Anau this
weekend with entries expected from as far
afield as Wanaka, Dunedin and Bluff.
Sponsored by South West Helicopters, the
event is open to all classes from trailer
sailors to smaller boats.
Club commodore David Black said it was
a handicap event which made it a little
difficult for spectators as line honours did
not necessarily indicate the winner.
The successful visit by Yachting New
Zealand’s “Have A Go” trailer earlier this
year had resulted in a lot more interest
from young people wanting to get involved
in the sport.
That would be reflected in the numbers
competing this weekend. One family alone
would have six boats in the regatta.
The club hoped that all up there would be
30 to 40 boats competing this weekend.
Events start on Friday afternoon and finish
on Sunday evening.
A Te Anau woman has become the first
to be licensed to supply home-based
childcare under new regulations.
Belinda Eder has started Footprints Home
Based Quality Childcare where she offers
the full early childhood curriculum to pre-
schoolers from her own home.
Formerly a teacher at the Te Anau
Childcare Centre, she completed the
training for her teaching diploma in early
childhood education by correspondence
through the Open Polytechnic. Now she is
licensed to provide the service from home
and can take up to four children at any
Because she was the first to qualify under
the new regulations, the vetting process
She was interviewed by two people for
two and-a -half hours and underwent a
thorough home inspection.
All of the children’s learning is recorded in
individual portfolios and, just like regular
childcare centres, she will be subject to an
Education Review Office assessment every
Miss Eder does not have children of her
own, yet her living room is crammed
with fun and educational toys. She also
provides her computer for research and to
send stories and photos by the children to
“It’s quite a different service. It’s a bit
more personal because there’s only one
educator to a maximum of four children at
a time and it’s at my house.”
Children can choose fruit for morning
and afternoon tea and are provided with
a cooked lunch followed by dessert.
Preparation of lunch forms part of the
morning routine and learning.
With both the Te Anau Childcare Centre
and Kindergarten at capacity, Miss Eder
already has seven children on her roll
about half the maximum number she
can cater for. Long term she hopes to be
able to expand the service and have other
educators under her umbrella.
Belinda Eder with Antonio Lombardi, 2, in her Te Anau home where she has become the first to
be licensed to supply home-based early childhood education under new Government regulations.
Easter regatta sets sail
By Pat Veltkamp Smith
Southland district mayor Frana Cardno
proved a real hit when she attended last
week’s gee-up meeting in Nightcaps to get
the township’s Playcentre roll on a firmer
Mrs Cardno has lost none of her skill
as an early childhood educator and
passed on a number of points from her
kindergarten teaching time, stirring
flagging spirits at the meeting and
promising to bring her famed puppet show
including Bad Jelly the Witch to entertain
families in the township.
“Just give me some notice and I’ll be
there,” she said.
Over the years her puppets have drawn
people, raising interest, and funds for
many projects. Mrs Cardno developed the
puppet show when first running her own
private kindy in Te Anau and later when
head teacher at the main kindergarten so
that a second generation of children has
come to know and love Bad Jelly and Co.
Mrs Cardno said Playcentre people
needed to get out and about and show
the community what the family- centred
movement could do.
“You have so many interesting things
going on in your area. Take the children
and their parents to see the donkeys and
the crafts people and the steam engine
sawmill. Take the parents too. Playcentre
is not just for children. It is for whole
families and for the community so let
people see what is happening and ensure
that what you have for one generation you
still have for the next.”
The Nightcaps Playcentre is due to
celebrate its 50th
jubilee later this year but
with only two or three families on the roll
at present its future looks under threat.
Mrs Cardno suggested the committee
make contact with young families on
Gipsy Day, June 1, when new dairy
farming people come into the area.
Many of them will have known of
Playcentre elsewhere. Some may have
been Playcentre children themselves.
You have to spread the word and keep
spreading the word so that it is out there
Mrs Cardno said.
Footprints steps up
to be first for licence
Mayor gets behind
Links Archive Fiordland Advocate 3 April 2009 Fiordland Advocate 17 April 2009 Navigation Previous Page Next Page