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Session notes for Introducing the SKIP Whakatipu booklet Te Kākano Stages: Pregnancy


The Whakatipu booklet set

Here’s some information to help you introduce the SKIP Whakatipu booklet Te Kākano (pregnancy) to whānau.

There are 9 booklets in the Whakatipu set. They cover all the ages and stages of a child’s development up to 5 years old.

Explain to whānau that:

  • these books have been written especially for Kiwi families
  • they’re for all families and have a special Māori focus
  • they contain lots of information and ideas
  • Te Kākano is the first booklet in the series and is useful to anyone who’s expecting a baby
  • Te Kākano means ‘the seed’, or ‘the beginning’ — that’s what’s happening now with their whānau; the beginning of a new child
  • the booklet starts with a whakataukī, or proverb:

Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu

Although small, it is precious — like greenstone.

  • Each book contains chapters. Te Kākano has 3 chapters, covering the 3 trimesters of pregnancy.

What’s happening?

Suggest to the whānau that you look at it together.

  • Start with where they are at in their pregnancy.
  • Ask, ‘How many weeks pregnant are you?’ and find the relevant chapter in the booklet.
  •  Each chapter starts with, ‘What’s happening…Pēpi says’.
  • These few sentences tell us what stage of development baby is at, and the main things that are happening.
  • Read through ‘Pēpi says’ together, for the relevant trimester. 
  • Ask:
    • Did you know this already?
    • Do you want to go back to the previous chapter to check out what development has already happened?

Whānau say

  • The next page — ‘Whānau say’ — covers:
    • some of the things parents may be wondering about
    • how to look after mum and baby
    • things whānau could be doing or learning more about. 
    • Ask:
      • What have you been thinking about recently?
      • Have you been thinking any of the same things listed in ‘Whānau say’?

The amazing brain

  • In each chapter there’s a section called ‘Te hinengaro mīharo’, or, ‘the amazing brain’.
  • It’s about brain development and all the wonderful things going on inside baby’s brain at each stage.
  • Read ‘Te hinengaro mīharo’ together and discuss.

Other sections

  • Other sections of the chapters have lots of interesting activities and information. 
    • There’s a waiata in every chapter, and whānau can listen to it in the ‘Whakatipu’ section on the SKIP website.
    • There are sections with activities for mum and dad that help connect them with their child. In Te Kākano the activities are mostly about becoming parents and thinking about preparing for a new baby.
    • There are useful tips and reminders (‘Kia maumahara’) that are relevant for each stage. In Te Kākano (page 18) they’re about whānau members looking after themselves — and especially mum while she’s pregnant.
    • You could ask: ‘How are you going with looking after yourselves?’
    • On page 29 there are questions to get whānau thinking about the birth. This includes what they want and what they might need to prepare beforehand.

You could:

  • ask if they’ve looked at any pictures or watched videos about prenatal development
  • suggest they watch some of the interesting YouTube clips available on the topic. 

How does this relate to the SKIP resources?

Baby Wall Frieze - Kōrero mai mō tō tātou whānau - teach me about our family

Six things children need - Te ārahi me te māramatanga - guidance and understanding


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