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Opinion: Susan Bates – group size matters in ECE

Early childhood education advocate SUSAN BATES argues that group size in early childhood education settings has an impact on children's development.

Kindy teachers’ union to vote on new $75m pay offer

Kindergarten teachers have been offered pay parity with school teachers after four days negotiating with the Ministry of Education. The new pay offer would also see union members get a one-off lump sum of $1500. Under...

Special education reform rolled out to CoLs

The Ministry of Education is rolling out a major special education reform to Communities of Learning around New Zealand, but critics say easier access to learning support services needs to be made available to all schools, not just those in Communities of Learning.

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.

Calling all ECE teachers for research project

SUSAN BATES is calling for early childhood teachers to participate in a research project aimed at gauging conditions, expectations and experiences of ECE teachers in New Zealand, in the context of their health and well-being.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s remote healthcare service goes national

New Zealand's biggest private childcare chain has signed up to Dr Lance O'Sullivan's health-by-email service, amidst mounting concerns for pre-schoolers' health in low-income communities.

Some early childhood centres close while others grow

Early childcare rolls have taken a nosedive in Rotorua which has forced some centres to close their doors, new figures show.

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...

Higher childcare fees and centre closures tipped as controls tighten

A new plan to tighten quality controls on childcare centres may force some centres to raise fees and others to close.

Report: NZ-Asian kids struggle with cultural knowledge and heritage language

Maintaining cultural knowledge and heritage language skills is a challenge for a growing number of under-5 Asian children in New Zealand, a new study has found.
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