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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Play is learning: why playtime matters more than you think

It’s quite normal to worry whether your nearly five-year-old is ‘school ready’. Yet when the evidence is considered, it is apparent there is no better preparation for learning than play. By Anna Clements.

Auckland’s construction crunch

Diana Clement looks at the reasons behind Auckland’s construction industry skill shortage. New Zealand needs an extra 30,000 workers within two years to cope with a huge boom in the sector and any large construction...

Micro-credentials: a sea change for tertiary education

Annie Graham-Riley looks at the new bite-sized qualifications that look set to change the relationship between work and study.

Flexible learning – the new normal

Study when it suits you. By Raewyn Court.

The crucial ‘soft skills’: the role of the early childhood sector

The important social and emotional skills needed later in life have their grounding in early childhood education. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson.

Tamariki and technology: Integrating tech into the ECE curriculum

The children at Botany Downs Kindergarten love Skyping their friends in the new entrant class at Botany Downs School, where many of them will start school in the coming weeks and months. As they prepare...

In defence of play: why imagination is key in early learning

Early childhood education researcher Kelly Warren says the emphasis needs to change from focusing on young children acquiring formal learning behaviours to fostering social and emotional skills.

Modern learning environments – is the jury still out?

How are our children getting on in modern learning environments (MLEs)? Is the super-sleek architecture supporting or frustrating their learning? There seem to be two camps amongst parents and teachers: those who love MLEs and...

Girls can’t achieve unless they’re nurtured and happy

St Cuthbert’s College’s successful homeroom approach helps new Year 7 students feel like they are joining one big happy family.

Soft skills key

Lawrence Watt talks to EMA chief executive Kim Campbell about the skills shortage and what employers are looking for in candidates. How well do universities and polytechnics prepare graduates for the workplace? Will the jobs...


PLD that works using CORE’s Theory of Action

Sponsored article  With a vision for “An equitable and thriving Aotearoa through learning”, CORE Education | Tātai Aho Rau is on a mission to push...