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In defence of play: why imagination is key in early childhood education

ECE researcher Kelly Warren says the emphasis needs to change from focussing on young children acquiring formal learning behaviours to fostering social and emotional skills.

New childcare centres make up record number of Tauranga and Western Bay building consents

Plans to build new childcare centres and update ageing retirement villages in Tauranga helped drive a record $204 million in consents issued for the first two months of 2019.

ECE must be part of New Zealand education policy and systems

Early childhood advocates want to see early childhood education included in overarching New Zealand education policy.

Cross-party support essential for ECE reforms

As feedback on the draft Early Learning Strategic Plan closed last week, early childhood educators are calling for cross-political party support for the reforms and for ECE to be recognised as an integral part of New Zealand's education system.

Childcare costs jump to equal private school fees

Childcare costs have jumped in the past decade to the point where they are often now roughly the same as private school fees.

Compulsory qualifications planned for home-based early childhood education and childcare

Some childcare providers are expected to quit, and those who stay in the business may raise their fees, under a new policy requiring home-based carers to become qualified.

Early childhood centre numbers in Tauranga soar, as teacher shortage bites

A perfect storm is brewing in Tauranga's early childhood sector as new childcare centre growth surges and a teacher shortage bites.

Response: Nicholas Pole – a system perspective on the current state of ECE

Education Review Office’s Chief Review Officer, Nicholas Pole, responds to recent articles about the early learning sector in New Zealand, emphasising ERO’s role in driving quality and integrity in the early childhood sector.

Opinion: Kathy Wolfe – When will the Ministry take action on the shortage of...

While schools are facing teacher shortages, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand Chief Executive Kathy Wolfe urges the Government not to forget about similar recruitment challenges faced by the early childhood education sector.

Response: Peter Reynolds – ECE centres are not “nasty corporates”

Chief Executive Officer of the Early Childhood Council Peter Reynolds responds to Peter Lyons' opinion piece which criticises the early childhood sector for its focus on corporatisation.
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