Community Karitane Karitane – Hapori Whānui

Community Karitane offer support to families with children under the age of five, and provide information on parenting issues such as breastfeeding, infant nutrition, sleeping and child behaviour.

Community Karitane may do some or all of the following:

  • give health advice to families, especially the parent or caregiver and child
  • facilitate group courses such as parenting programmes
  • work alongside the wider Plunket team, including Plunket nurses and case managers
  • educate caregivers on health and child development such as sleeping, feeding, behaviour, nutrition and immunisation
  • educate community groups about family health
  • visit schools, kōhanga reo and community groups
  • look out for signs of child abuse and domestic violence, and refer the child or caregiver to other professionals when needed
  • liaise between clients and community agencies such as Work and Income or Housing New Zealand.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for community Karitane includes:

  • experience in an area of health provision or community social services
  • parenting
  • work as a nanny
  • work as an early childhood teacher.

Personal Qualities

Community Karitane need to be:

  • patient, observant and understanding
  • able to make good judgements
  • adaptable
  • able to relate to young children, parents and people from a range of cultures
  • good at communicating and listening
  • motivated and able to work independently
  • organised
  • good at problem solving.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for community Karitane includes:

  • experience in an area of health provision or community social services
  • parenting
  • work as a nanny
  • work as an early childhood teacher.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a community Karitane. However, Māori, English, biology, chemistry and physics are useful.

Community Karitanes can earn around $19-$23 per hour per year.

Community Karitane may move into educational positions in the health industry or community. Some may complete a Bachelor of Nursing and become a Plunket nurse.

Some community Karitane (called Plunket kaiāwhina) specialise in working with Māori and whānau groups.

Community Karitane

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