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A fab few days was provided at the NZ Early Childhood Research Conference last Thursday to Saturday in Wellington. The venue was great, the company was great, and we all enjoyed lots of stimulating discussions, presentations and research. Thank you to participants for a great time and to everyone who contributed.
Notes and power-point slides from many of the presentations will be made available in the coming weeks for ChildForum members on our website. Some will also likely be included in full paper form in the next issue of the NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal. If you have recently completed a research study, manuscripts are currently being considered for the NZRECE Journal (click here for details on how to prepare and submit a manuscript for journal publication).
This week's newsletter contains a mix of news and information articles, along with recently asked questions from ChildForum members.
In This Week's "Being Informed" Newsletter:
- Expanding ECE Without Attention to Quality - The Latest OECD report
- About Waitangi Day in NZ (Feb 6th)
- Can Your Help: Children's Reading Comprehension Research
- Are Learning Stories Working?
- Pay Rises in Early Childhood Teaching
- Kiwifruit a Danger to Some Children
- Funding Contracts/Tenders
1. OECD on Why and How Policy Can Encourage Quality in ECE
Governments should set national standards for quality in early childhood education (ECE) according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The OECD says in its latest report that early childhood education can bring a range of benefits, but in order to bring those benefits it needs to be of high quality.
''Expanding access to services without attention to quality will not deliver good outcomes for children or the long-term productivity benefits for society,'' OECD Director for Education Barbara Ischinger says.
* READ MORE: OECD Recommendations
2. About Waitangi Day Celebrations in NZ and Marking this Occasion with Children
Check out a helpful article about Waitangi Day with information for sharing with children and ideas for marking this important day in New Zealand's history with them.
* READ MORE: Marking Waitangi Day
3. Can You Help? Looking for Research and Ideas for Researching Children's Reading Comprehension
Can you help? ChildForum member Miriam Anderson is studying 4 year old children's development of comprehension skills in reading and would like to know of any research you may have come across on this topic, and any strategies or ideas you have found to have worked for finding out what children understand from reading and what is read to them.
* READ MORE: Children's Reading Comprehension
4. Are Learning Stories Working?
There has been some really interesting discussion posted on the ChildForum website as to whether the Learning Story approach to assessment of children's learning is working - what works well and doesn't work well. Read what others have said and add to this.
* READ MORE AND ADD TO THE DISCUSSION: Are Learning Stories Working?
5. Wage Rises in Early Childhood Teaching
Some early childhood employers are giving staff a pay increase this year while others are not. Read more about this and say what's happening in your service if you are an employer or are employed in ECE.
* READ MORE: Pay Increases, Expectations, and ECE Service Budgets
6. Kiwifruit a Danger For Some Children
Common allergies in children include gluten, egg and nuts. And reported by the media this week, kiwifruit may also be a danger to some children.
While the most severe allergic reactions can have major implications such as anaphylactic shock, even mild allergies can cause problems. Symptoms can include itching, hives, vomiting and diarrhoea and food allergies can also exacerbate other problems such as eczema and asthma. Food intolerance, while less severe than an allergy, can also cause problems such as nausea and stomach aches. While catering for children with allergies might mean a little extra work there are simple practical things that you can do to make sure their experience is a good one.
* READ MORE: Food Allergy Management and Meeting Children's Needs
7. Funding Contracts & Tenders
Consultant/Project Manager for Ministry of Education (Christchurch)
Home-based ECE Providers Rotorua, Central North Island Region
Getting More Māori and Pasifika children and those from low socio economic status communities into ECE in Turangi
Grants for new, expanded or innovative ECE services established within the Central North Island area
The purpose of Targeted Assistance Participation funding is to create new child places in target areas where the largest numbers of children are not participating in early childhood education (ECE). The key objective of TAP 3 funding is to provide grants that will support a wide range of innovative, flexible solutions that create, or increase the availability of new, suitable licensed or certificated child places in target areas within the Central North Region. Tap 3 grants will cover all direct costs up to $100,000 (GST exclusive) associated with reasonable and evidence based proposals that:
- Support the establishment of a new licensed ECE service or certificated playgroup
- Support the expansion of an existing licensed ECE service or certificated playgroup to increase the number of child places
- Provide innovations in service delivery that increase the supply of new child places.
How Can You Tell What's Good ECE or Childcare From What's Not? (1 match)
Volume 10 (2007) and full text copies of papers (1 match)
The Costs to Parents of Working: Is it Worth it? (1 match)
Up-skilling 'Caregivers' to be "Educators' - A Key Step to Developing Good Childcare (1 match)
Early Learning Information System: Details Now Available (1 match)