This section captures stakeholders’ views about optimum conditions in services and schools for CLD learners to experience success. It further analyses and presents effective strategies and practices ERO found across Auckland early learning services and schools, and what stakeholders deemed as working well.
ERO spoke with Auckland‑based stakeholders who work directly with, and support, immigrant families as they arrive and settle in New Zealand. We asked stakeholders what Auckland early learning services and schools should know when working with these children and their families, the challenges, and the support or advice they would give to services, schools, and other agencies.
ERO also met with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development, COMET Auckland, University of Auckland, Auckland Regional Migrant Services and Mangere Refugee Centre. These stakeholders reiterated that diversity should be embraced and enhanced for the benefit of everyone; for learners, parents, whānau and the community at large.
“We need to shift our mind set – diversity is an opportunity.”‑ Stakeholder
Stakeholders reported that those services and schools who made the effort to get to know their CLD learners well responded appropriately and genuinely to them, and to their families and communities. These education providers recognised that embracing cultural and linguistic diversity promoted intercultural respect and understanding.
Stakeholders indicated several conditions for CLD learners to experience success:
In addition, stakeholders said the learners and their parents experienced success when: