New Zealand has the one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the developed world, with an average of more than 5.6% babies born each year to teenage mothers, according to Live Births and Fertility Rates in 2013. There are many services for teen parents to help with health, development, education and welfare of teenage parents and finding the right education to suit their children is all part of the service. These options also involve involve parent education as well as early childhood education:
Ohana Young Parent Unit provides a 10 week parenting programme for young parents and their newborn babies, giving advice and guidance on the best form of parenting, while providing emotional and practical support. Ohana has a very homely feel about it, and offers a holistic approach to the support of young parents, covering a wide range of topics that are of interest / importance to young parents. Ohana has an open day on Fridays were young parents can come and enjoy each others company. Young parents can also gain a qualification, including NCEA level 1 and 2, which brings pride/self-esteem and further educational opportunities and support. Transportation is available.
Ohana Young Parent Unit
Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust is a non-profit organisation supporting teen parents to become confident and secure with their tamariki, whanau and community. You can also referee someone online so Thrive can contact a young parent.
Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust
Teen-parent units (TPUs) are about offering teenage parents a “positive, maturing experience for young women, generating a greater sense of responsibility, providing stability and giving them the motivation to change their lives”.They are all based at local high schools in South Auckland, West Auckland and the central city. Most TPUs in New Zealand have 30 places but Henderson has 20. At He Wero O Nga Wahine in West Auckland, two teachers collect and drop the girls home each day The students help establish a Playgroup, whereby the mothers took turns caring for babies so half the group can have uninterrupted study time.
Youth Horizons Youth Service West facilitate Young Parent Support in which a range of service providers work together to support the young person and their family/whānau. Youth Service West support young parents to look at options for training/education and also assist in finding early childhood education including financial assistance.
Youth Service West