Community Karitane
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
13d ago

Community Karitane earn between $19 an hour and $23 an hour, depending on experience.

Source : The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, 2017.

This information is a guide only. )

What you will do

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.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Community Karitane need to have knowledge of :

  • childcare
  • issues relating to child and family health and welfare, including Tamariki Ora Well Child service
  • Māori language and culture, and customs of local iwi, hapū and whānau if working specifically with Māori.
  • Community Karitane :

  • work regular business hours, though some work part time
  • are usually based at Plunket rooms, at clinics and in family centres
  • travel to visit clients in their home or in the community.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a qualified community Karitane you need to :

  • complete the National Certificate in Tamariki Ora Well Child Services (Level 4)
  • be employed as a child health worker, such as a community, Plunket, Plunket Kaiāwhina, Karitane, pacific or iwi health worker, as you need a minimum of 18 hours a week of workplace hours to complete the certificate.
  • The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.

    Secondary education

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

    Personal requirements

    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
  • work as a nanny
  • work as an early childhood teacher.
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