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“Hope is fading”: survey shows grim outlook for early childhood education

The latest and only pre-Budget survey of the early childhood sector has found that the government has a lot of work to do if it is to convince the sector that it cares about children’s early education and care.

Beating bullying before it begins – addressing bullying in ECE

Bullying is a difficult topic to broach in early childhood settings, but experts agree it could be the opportune time to prevent bullying behaviours from developing. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson.

Shouting to be heard: the worrying effects of noise in early childhood education services

Susan Bates raises concerns about the potentially damaging effects of the high noise levels in many early childhood education centres in New Zealand and asks: what is being done about it?

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.
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