What is PAFT?

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

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.

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