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Quality of early childhood education services under scrutiny

Researchers have called into question the quality of the education of our youngest learners during a recent seminar. Rebekah Fraser speaks to early childhood education experts about the state of the sector.

Book born in Rotorua helps inform early childhood education cultural practices

The book refers to a Ngāti Rangiwewehi tupuna, Hikairo, as an exemplary figure around which the content is based. The The Hikairo Schema was reaffirmed for publication at a tribal meeting at the weekend and...

Moving house linked with behavioural difficulties in children

Lead researcher, Kim Nathan, a PhD student at the University of Otago, Wellington, says two- thirds (69 per cent) of the more than 300,000 children studied had moved house at least once by the...

New app easing first day of school fears

We all remember our first day of school – the excitement and fear of stepping into an educational journey that can set us up for life. Research suggests that good transitions in and out of...

Pay parity for all ECE teachers, not just kindergarten teachers

After much negotiation, NZEI Te Riu Roa's kindergarten teacher members voted to accept a settlement of their collective agreement that retains pay parity with their primary colleagues. Lead negotiator for the union Virginia Oakly says...

ECE survey expected to reveal workforce shortages

National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education Nicola Willis has launched a survey to reveal the extent of teacher shortages in early childhood education services. “I regularly visit Early Childhood Education (ECE) centres and talk with...

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...

Childcare fees may rise as relief teachers’ pay soars above $45 an hour in...

Childcare companies warn that they may have to raise fees to cover wage costs which have soared above $45 an hour for relief teachers in Auckland, as a desperate teacher shortage bites. Four early childhood...

Out of the mouths of babes

In a world first, a group of national and international researchers, gathered by Professor Janet Gaffney at the University of Auckland, has begun a collaboration they hope will add significant research to the crucial...

Complaints against early childcare providers jump by a third

Head lice, smacking, dirty nappies left unchanged and kids jumping the fence and escaping were among issues at early childcare centres flagged with the Ministry of Education last year. Complaints against ECEs jumped by nearly...
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