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Opinion: Erin Maloney – home-based ECE is the way forward

ChildForum's recent survey painted a grim picture of New Zealand's early childhood education centres. General Manager of PORSE Education & Training and mum of two ERIN MALONEY believes home-based ECE is a better alternative.

Opinion: Garrett Kett – ECE has become a playground for profiteers

GARRETT KETT says that the early childhood education sector is becoming dominated by profiteers and investors looking to receive a tidy profit from as little effort as possible.

Quality of ECE services called into question

A new survey by ChildForum casts concern over the quality of early childhood education (ECE) services in New Zealand.

Childcare workers speak out against ‘factory farming’ of children

More than a quarter of childcare centre workers say they would not place their own children in the centres they work in, with some calling them "akin to factory farming of children".

Kindergarten revolt: Shift to fee-paying daycare scrapped

A parents' revolt has forced a rethink of plans to turn Auckland's kindergartens into all-day centres.

Local Focus: Why a Whanganui kindergarten is teaching kids outdoors

A Whanganui based kindergarten is taking education into the great outdoors, with learning taking place under the watchful eye of Mother Nature.

Opinion: Sandy Farquhar – ‘Will the new government make ECE a priority?’

Early childhood education could be back on the political agenda after nine cold years of inadequate government action. Dr Sandy Farquhar writes.

Evolve Education says first-half profit dropped as expected, maintains 2018 forecast

Evolve Education said first-half profit more than halved as occupancy rates dropped and it took a $3 million GST impairment. The early childhood education centre operator maintained its forecasts for the full year.

ECE involvement in CoL: sector voices

Earlier this week, Education Central looked at the background to early childhood services’ involvement in Communities of Learning (CoL) and spoke to a teacher and principal involved. In this article we speak to New Zealand Kindergarten’s Clare Wells and the Minister of Education about what lies ahead.

Positive pathways: ECE within Communities of Learning

Early childhood education (ECE) plays an important role in a child’s learning journey. Yet the parameters for Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako (CoL) set out by the Ministry of Education did not initially include ECE services. Many now do - but what’s in it for them?
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