Engaging Priority Families

The Engaging Priority Families service (EPF) is free and supports whānau with early learning education. We work with 3 to 5-year-old children who are not participating in Early Childhood Education (ECE) services.

Early Learning Support

Our co-ordinators develop Early Learning Plans (ELP’s) with families to facilitate and monitor their child’s/tamariki’s participation in ECE services.

We support parents to establish foundations for their child/tamariki in preparation for their transition to school. This transition includes primary school enrolments, pre-entry visits and monitoring of their attendance during the first 12 weeks of starting school. EPF coordinators continue to support children for the first 6 months after enrolling into primary school.

The programme – part of the Ministry of Education’s Engaging Priority Families/Whānau Initiative – targets Maori, Pasifika, low socio-economic families/whānau and migrant families to help them achieve strong, early learning foundations through sustained early childhood education.


PROGRAMME BENEFITS For Parents & Caregivers

  • Receive options from EPF coordinators in order to make informed decisions about their child’s enrolment
  • Receive support to help parents overcome barriers to their child/tamariki attending an ECE
  • Receive support with the enrolment process into ECE
  • Receiving support with the enrolment process into Primary school including a six-month transition to school plan
  • Understand the importance of attending ECE regularly
  • Help their child build self-confidence in social skills and self-esteem
  • Regular goal-setting to help with their child’s early learning and development, including numeracy and literacy skills
  • Ongoing support in maintaining relationships between families, ECE services and primary schools

PROGRAMME requirements

  • Child must be between three to five years of age
  • Child has not participated in any ECE service or in the last 3 months
  • Family/whānau must reside within the following areas; Mangere, Otahuhu, Otara, Papatoetoe, Papakura, Puketapapa (Three Kings, Mt Roskill, Hillsborough, Waikowhai, Lynfield and Wesley)  and Whau (New Lynn, Green Bay, Kelston, Rosebank, Avondale, New Windsor, Blockhouse Bay)

More Information

To learn more about the Engaging Priority Families programme please contact the practice manager.