Social Workers in ECE
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Social Workers in Early Childhood Education
Between 2019 and 2020, Presbyterian Support Northern piloted the Social Worker in Early Childhood Education (SWiECE) service, designed to fill a gap in the current early intervention services available to families in New Zealand.
This service was evaluated in 2021 and has been found to be a promising intervention for ensuring that families who need extra support are not missed between pre-school age and primary school. The service has supported numerous families in the wider Bay of Plenty area and this evaluation has found that the support has had a positive impact on the lives of the children and their families and whānau.
If the service can be successfully linked with other services in the early intervention space such as Family Start and Social Workers in Schools, this programme has the potential to ensure that families of all young children in areas where SWiECE operates receive targeted and specialised support through the early youth development stages.