School Start First Impressions works to reduce the impact of financial strain from education to families living in material hardship.
We acknowledge that a child’s 5th birthday and the beginning of school as the first major step for a child. The first steps towards education and independence and the first steps the child takes towards becoming a person, making their way in the world.
The cost of equipping a child for school can be extortionate. And added financial pressure on families in poverty can have major impacts on a child’s self-esteem, experience of school and their ability to focus on learning.
The provision of our School Starter Pack is designed to alleviate inequity for that child who is starting their school journey. Our children have the opportunity to start school on an equal footing with their peers, giving them confidence to embrace the challenges of school, focus on learning and a sense of belonging.
We help children move from the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum principles, Te Whāriki, to the New Zealand curriculum.