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Top notices for this week
Matariki is coming up! Early childhood appropriate ideas for families and educators to use for celebrating the Maori New Year with children can be found here - Read more
National ECE Management and Leaders Forum, Friday 22nd May 2015 in Wellington city. A high-level event for owners/operators, managers, administrators, senior teachers and leaders after Government's 2015 Budget announcements. Interested? Read more and register your interest
Male student teacher grants. Applications are now open for Invitation Grants - Read more
NZ Government Budget announcements. See the news article - Click here
Dr Sarah Farquhar, Chief Executive of the Early Childhood Professional and Research Network ChildForum says the only likely beneficiaries are large-scale childcare centres and home-based providers who have greater numbers on their books and are open for long hours.
“This Budget announcement is in line with Government’s commitment to institutionalise children’s early care and learning. It is not what is in the best interests of children or of parents. Children need time with their parents to form a good attachment and parents need time to learn to parent. When parents are asked what they want most research shows that they want to spend more time with their children and when they do use ECE what they want is better quality, not simply more and more of it.”
The Budget also shows a focus on numbers not quality.
“It is not what the front-line teachers and workers in the early childhood sector want most to see the Government spend new money on”.
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