Q: What does Whānau Mārama mean?
A: Whānau Mārama means the family of the skies or family of light or learning.
Q: How can I know if I am in the proper course?
A: You are most welcome to ask. However, as a guide the Positive Discipline for under 4’s course is most suitable for parents with children from birth to 4 years, the Effective Discipline course is most suitable for parents with children aged from 4 years to 11 years and the Parenting Adolescents course is most suitable for parents with adolescents aged from 11 years to 15 years.
Q: Can I bring my children to the course I will attend?
A: Yes, but there are certain requirements which will be discussed with you. However, parents tend to find it easier to participate if they are able to find suitable child care.
Q: Could I attend to just study though I don’t have any children yet or have adult children?
A: Yes, however you need to bear in mind that this is a course about parenting and the type of certificate you will receive is not designed to be an employment qualification.
Q: Is there any place to park?
A: There is limited parking off street and sometimes parking on side of street is also difficult to find. However, if you arrive early enough there should not be a problem.
Q: How should I pay?
A: You can pay by internet banking into Whānau Mārama Parenting’s account 030285 0315750 00 and add your name as reference or you can pay by cash.
Q: What if my English is not sufficiently fluent to attend the courses, can I have some help?
A: You will need to bring a support person, who is a fluent English speaker, with you to all the sessions. This person will not have to pay the course fee as they attend for your support and assistance. If you do not know someone who could be your support person, please discuss this with us as we may be able to help.
Q: Is there anything I should bring to the course?
A: An eagerness to learn and willingness to make positive change in your family/whānau.
Q: Where exactly is the course training room?
A: Behind the house at 4 Locket Road (off Archers Road Glenfield).
Q: Do I receive a certificate on completion of course?
A: Yes. A certificate of participation.
Q: Can I get morning tea or a short break during the middle of the course?
A: We always provide yummy healthy food during the break.
Q. Do you only have daytime courses?
A. Parenting Adolescents (in English) Course is an evening course from 6:30pm-9:00pm.