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Opinion: Kathy Wolfe – Providing our tamariki with a strong beginning

Much media attention has been devoted to concerns about the quality of some early childhood education (ECE) services, and this year’s begun with the spotlight on the inadequate supply of teachers – including ECE teachers.

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.

Kindergarten opens doors to newborns

A new kindergarten opening in March promises new jobs, extended hours and will take children from birth.

Response: Peter Reynolds – ECE teachers are under severe threat

Chief Executive of the Early Childhood Council (ECC) PETER REYNOLDS sheds light on the “supply-demand problem” for the sector and tells us why we need to get the ECE-qualified teacher back on the Immigration Skills Shortage list.

“The Cinderella of education” – how ECE is regarded in New Zealand

New Zealand's newest professor of early childhood education, Professor Helen Hedges, says New Zealand needs to place more value on ECE and reflect this in policy and budgetary decisions.

Dr Sarah Alexander: Where did the 20 free hours of early childhood education go?

"All 3, 4 and 5-year-olds can get free early childhood education for up to 6 hours a day, up to 20 hours a week" – this is what is stated on the NZ Government's website. But 20 hours of early childhood education is not fees-free for all eligible children.

Pacific preschools ‘set back 30 years’ by tough English-language tests

Pacific-language preschools say they have been set back 30 years by tough new English language tests that have forced the closure of all dedicated Pacific preschool teaching courses.

Asian kids in Aotearoa: The challenges they face

A new report by the Asia New Zealand Foundation finds maintaining cultural knowledge and language skills is a challenge for the growing number of under-five Asian children in New Zealand.

Growing BIG at kindy

A love of gardening has taken root in more than 220 kindergartens nationwide, thanks to the Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project.
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