What is PAFT?
The Ministry of Social Development, which funded Parents as First Teachers (PAFT), describes it as a low-intensity home visitation programme for parents with children pre-birth through to three years of age.
Educators would share with parents information and practical ideas on how ways to provide exciting, inexpensive educational experiences for their children to support their child’s development.
The ministry commissioned a review of the programme in March 2009.
Among the findings were that: PAFT addressed some of the risk factors associated with child maltreatment, but PAFT children were no more likely to have a finding of child maltreatment than children in the general population.
To better meet criteria associated with child maltreatment, the ministry said PAFT would need to be more intensively and flexibly delivered and perhaps augmented by a case-management approach for dealing with more serious family concerns.
That was why the ministry decided PAFT’s annual $7.3 million in funding would go to the Family Start programme instead from the end of September.