We provide a range of educational services from early childhood right through to adult and community education.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Coordinator Kim Roots manages the REAP Playgroup in Tūrangi.

Playgroup provides a safe environment for tamariki, parents, whānau and the wider community. Central Plateau REAP ECE (Early Childhood Education) programmes offer a variety of activities and programme delivery.

Connecting parents from around the community, our playgroup provides innovative opportunities for pre-schoolers to grow with confidence and pride by encouraging tamariki and their whānau to use play as a form of learning.
Playgroup is open during term time on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s from 9.00am-12.00pm. Entry is by gold coin donation per session (under 1’s are free) and morning tea is provided for the children.

For more information please contact Kim Roots – Early Childhood Coordinator by email or phone 07 378 8109 ext 105 / 027 811 9953.


Tūrangi Playgroup
Baden Powell Hall
Rangikahekeiwaho Place

Opening hours: Wednesday & Thursday’s 9.00am-11.30am

Community Education

Central Plateau REAP provides distinct learning programmes and activities which focus on developing skills and confidence for youth, adults and families.

This contributes to increasing foundation skills and social cohesion. Provision areas include NZ Sign Language, Te Reo Māori, embedded literacy & numeracy and digital literacy.

For further information or to register for a course, contact our Adult Community Education Coordinator

– Linda Moss by email or phone 07 378 8109 ext 111 / 027 6006 647.

Intensive Literacy & Numeracy – Te Ara Poutama

Central Plateau REAP’s Intensive Literacy & Numeracy (Te Ara Poutama – The Learning Journey) programme provides free, high quality learning opportunities.

ILN Tutor Jude Sherning works one-on-one and with small groups, using a combination of both hard copy and online resources suited to learner abilities, interests and needs.

Those needs may include; learning to read to their children, writing a CV, applying for a job or gaining a Driver’s License.
Our learners often use Pathways Awarua, an online resource that enables the learner to choose an appropriate level and focus.

To be eligible for enrolment in a free ILN programme, a learner must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • Have no formal qualifications (i.e No NCEA Level 1 or above)
  • Be 16 years old or over
  • Aim to complete approx. 80-300 hours

For more information please contact Jude Sherning – ILN Tutor by email or phone 07 378 8109 ext 121 / 0274 446 6150.

Schools Programme

The REAP Schools programme supports 31 schools in the Central Plateau District by;

• supporting schools in the provision of high quality education programmes – for example providing specialist tutors to upskill both students and teachers
• removing rural isolation as a barrier to student participation through programmes that enable students to attend activities outside their local environment
• supporting schools in providing programmes that enhance student wellbeing with a particular focus on anti-bullying
• addressing the needs of students at risk of underachievement – particularly those with specific learning difficulties, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, those with poor oral language/literacy and numeracy
• providing high quality professional development for teachers

Dyslexia Assessments

A particular area of focus for the schools programme is support for students with specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dysgraphia.

Dyslexia can be a significant barrier to students meeting their academic potential in the school and workplace. An assessment is required to diagnose dyslexia, offer recommendations for assistance in the classroom/workplace, and provide data required by NZQA for Special Assessment Conditions for Examinations (reader, writer/assistive technology, extra time). A lack of assistance can result in students failing to meet their academic potential, particularly in examinations at school and tertiary level. REAP subsidises the cost of this assessment.

For more information please contact Joce Moyle – Schools Co-ordinator and Dyslexia Assessor by email or phone 07 378 8109 ext 106.

Attendance Service

Central Plateau REAP runs the Taupō District School Attendance Service.

The branding for this service is ECASE (every child attending school every day). School Attendance Advisor Gary Nant oversees 18 of the 21 schools utilizing ECASE and works with children between the ages of 6-16 and their whānau, re-engaging them in education and removing barriers.

Working with a number of agencies in our community such as ROCKON, REAL, Oranga Tamariki and Youth Services, the end goal is to re-enrol and reintegrate learners back into some form of education.

For more information or concerns about non-attendance of school-age children in Taupō contact Gary Nant – School Attendance Advisor by email or phone 07 378 8109 / 027 265 6901. For Turangi, contact Melissa Tupara on 021 213 6487.