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Hold Your Hats - We are making some changes on the ChildForum website to make it even better for members! Hopefully you won't notice any disruption as this happens over the coming week. But we will be taking a little bit of a break in making changes as Sarah Farquhar, ChildForum's National Coordinator is off to the GiftEDnz Conference in Wellington at the end of the week to give a research presentation with Dr Valerie Margrain on gifted education in the early years.
It was a pleasure to see the 6th Annual Summit for Men in ECE Teaching held just over a week ago was a huge success. It had a Pasifika theme and was held in Whanganui. ChildForum is proud of what the men in ECE have achieved in establishing a recognised representative group and organising annual summits and we look forward to seeing ECMenz continue to grow and evolve. ChildForum is pleased to have given early help by organising the inaugural summit for the purpose of getting men in ECE together for the first time in 2007. Early advocacy papers and articles are available from the ChildForum website.
IN THIS WEEK'S UPDATE:
- The ECE Academic Brain Drain in NZ
- Complaining Nannies
- All You Need to Know About Doing Action Research
- Early Childhood Education Services are Not Babysitting Services. Yeah Right!
- Submitting Research Papers to the NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal
- Physical Space and How to Avoid Stress and Making it Difficult for Children to Learn
- 'No Time for Gloom' in the ECE Sector
- NZ Home-based Conference
1. The ECE Academic Brain Drain in NZ
This year Janet Moles and Valerie Margain left with their families to take up positions at Australian Universities. These two talented people are among a number of NZers with the very precious qualification of a Ph.D. in early childhood education who have left our shores.
Should we be concerned about the brain drain? Do you think NZ universities are doing enough to support graduate students into academic and research positions, and could tertiary education institutions be doing more to value and provide attractive employment conditions to their talented ECE staff?
* READ MORE AND ADD YOUR OPINIONS: ECE Academic Brain Drain
2. Complaining Nannies
Nannies are complaining about being asked to do regular safety checks on children's homes and being told to tell parents what changes to make in their homes or they cannot continue to work for them. Why is this a problem?
* READ MORE AND SAY WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS: Are Nannies and Families Right to Complain about Being Treated in the Same Way as Other Licensed ECE Settings?
3. All You Need to Know about Doing Action Research
Most ECE practitioners and students are likely to find that they need to look no further than “All You Need to Know About Action Research” for guidance in what to do from the planning through to the completion stage of their practice-based research project. This book also contains the how and why in covering the history and philosophy underpinning action research and the theoretical challenges.
4. Early Childhood Education Services are (not) Babysitting Services
Public policy promotes participation in early childhood education as being good for children's development and the early childhood profession sees itself as educators or teachers and not as babysitters. However, for most kiwi parents early childhood education is about having someone to look after your child. Early findings from Auckland University's Growing Up in New Zealand study show the main reason for the use of regular non-parental care was parent study or work commitments.
* READ MORE: ECE Services are (not) Babysitting Services
5. Submitting Research Papers to the NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal
The NZ Research in ECE Journal has a great local and international team of editors this year (click here to find out more).
6. Physical Space and How to Avoid Stress and Making it Difficult for Children to Learn
This article discusses the minimum amount of space per child in early childhood centres and home-based ECE services, problems with this, what advice you can give to parents, and some research that is available.
7. "No Time for Gloom" in ECE
There is no time for gloom in early childhood education. Demand for early childhood education places continues to grow and more new early childhood centres are opening.
A ChildForum survey carried out at the end of last year showed that uncertainty amongst early childhood centre and home-based operators was a big issue, and this reflected concerns around that time about the Government's ECE Taskforce recommendations and what else could be happening to funding on top of cutbacks already made.
But early childhood services are nevertheless getting on with their business and have shown awareness that financial planning needs to take into account changing economic circumstances alongside government funding.
* READ MORE: "No Time for Gloom" in ECE Teacher-Led Services
8. NZ Home-Based ECE Conference
The call for presenters and papers has now opened for this conference to be held Friday 28th to 30th Sept. For information click here.
Go to our website by clicking here: www.childforum.com to learn more about children's care, teaching, managing an ECE service, research on early childhood, and education policy.
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ECE Services are Not Babysitting Services. Yeah Right! (1 match)
Making Babysitting Arrangements Safer (1 match)
Optimal Outdoor Environments for Children in ECE Centres and Homes (1 match)
Being Informed - for the week of 9th January 2012 (1 match)
Who Cares for Baby? Women's Preferences: First Time Mothers and their Decisions About Infant/baby Care (1 match)