Empowering Young Parents to Build a Brighter Future
At Te Hononga, we understand that becoming a parent during your teenage years can be challenging. Our Teen Parenting Unit (TPU) offers tailored education and support to help young moms and dads continue their academic journey while nurturing their growing family.
Welcome to Te Hononga’s Teen Parenting Unit! Our mission is to empower young parents to pursue their education and develop essential life skills, providing them with the tools to build a brighter future for themselves and their children.
What is a Teen Parenting Unit?
A Teen Parenting Unit (TPU) is a specialized educational center designed for teenagers who face challenges attending mainstream schools due to their parental responsibilities. TPUs provide a nurturing and supportive environment for young parents to continue their education without compromising their role as caregivers.
How Does Our TPU Work?
Te Hononga’s TPU operates as a ‘school within a school’, functioning independently within the structure of a mainstream secondary school. Our TPU has a dedicated teacher in charge who designs learning programs that cater to the unique needs of our students.
Flexible Learning Environment
Our TPU offers a flexible and informal environment where students can complete their studies at their own pace. We collaborate with a variety of educational providers to create a well-rounded curriculum that addresses both academic and practical skills. Students work closely with their teacher to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that outlines their goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
Attendance & Childcare
Students are expected to attend the TPU on a full-time basis, with a minimum of 20 contact class hours per week. For students under 16, full-time attendance is legally required. To support our young parents, we’re conveniently located near a licensed Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centre, enabling them to remain close to their children while focusing on their education.