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Early Childhood Management National Forum 2016

To all the wonderful participants and presenters thank you for your contributions.  What a great day it was!

We have started to publish the proceedings - click here to go to this and read more.


NOTE: Demand for places has been high and we have had to close registrations.  Sorry!  If you believe you have registered but did not receive a confirmation email on 4 May - please contact us 


About the National Forum

Date: Friday 27 May 2016
Location:  Wellington city

forum1The Early Childhood Management Forum is traditionally held the day following the Minister of Finance's Budget announcements for the coming year.

In May 2016, early childhood service leaders, owners, managers and aspiring managers from throughout the country will meet for discussions about the economy and examine the Budget announcement implications and meaning for early childhood education and childcareDuring the day there will also be sessions focused on interesting professional issues and ECE service operational matters, where delegates will have opportunity to ask questions and discuss strategies and solutions.



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Note that there is a delegate charge of $98.00. This payment is requested to help us meet the cost of organising the event. Places become fully confirmed when payment is received. A place may be given to someone else if payment is not received within 10 days of registration.

Registration fees are non-refundable.  Places are given to the named delegate.  Should a delegate not be able to attend, a colleague of the delegate from the same organisation may attend in her/ his place - but please first contact us quickly and request a change in the named delegate. 



Venue:  St Andrews Conference Centre Hall, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
10:30 am to 11:00 am Registration and Reception - Tea/ coffee  
11:00 am to 11:30 am Presentation: Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist “What’s happening in the economy and planning ahead  
11:30 pm to 12 noon Discussion: Dr Sarah Alexander "The Budget 2016 announcements for the early childhood education sector: analysis and discussion"  
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm Presentation: Dr Wendy Boyd, CSU AustraliaThe quality agenda in Australia and what’s happening in regard to early childhood educators and qualifications”  
12:45 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch provided  
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm Panel Discussion:  Viv Browne, Whitireia NZ (teacher education); Charmaine Thomson NZEI Te Riu Roa (employment, work place and professional). “Issues we share in common with Australia, what’s a problem here and ways to manage”.  
2:00 pm to 2:15pm Presentation:  Arwen Hann, ChildForum “Getting your story in the news and quick tips for preparing your story”  
2:15 pm to 3:00 pm Presentation:  Prof Eric Hollis, Ole Schoolhouse Rotorua “Protect yourselves with strong child protection policy  
3:00 pm to 3.15 pm Break  
3:15 pm  to 4:00 pm Presentation:  Dr Janet Moles, Deakin University “Assessment as learning – working smarter not harder while improving teaching practice and outcomes for all children”  
4:00 pm to 4: 45pm Presentation: Mike Bedford, ECE health and design specialist “When the rules don’t work – whether it’s the criteria for licensing, the playground safety standards or the hygiene policy.  
4:45 pm to 5:15 pm Q & A chaired session on issues arising and other issues of importance to you not covered during the day, e.g. Is it worth making lunch? The new food act  
5.15 pm to 5:30pm Forum Closes.  Evening Plans -  who is leaving, who is staying, and preferences for restaurant / bars to meet to continue conversations  


Getting to the Venue

We are meeting in the conference hall, located at the rear of St Andrews on The Terrace. Address: 30 The Terrace, Thondon (at the Beehinve/ Parliament end of the street).

If driving into the city from State Highway No. 1, take the Terrace off-ramp. Street parking is for 2 hours only and the parking wardens have a reputation for being very quick to give tickets. We suggest using a car park building (follow the road down The Terrace and you'll come across some car park buildings). Alternatively catch a train and walk from the train station. If coming from the airport there will be a range of taxis and shuttles to bring you straight to the venue. Or catch the airport to city bus from outside of the airport.


Some Accommodation Suggestions

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor 147 The Terrace. Phone 0800 27 53 37

Novotel Wellington, 133 – 137 The Terrace. Phone (04) 918-1900.

Quest Atrium, 154 The Terrace. Phone (04) 931 1000.

Wellington Downtown Backpackers, 1 Bunny Street, Phone (04) 473 8482.

Google for websites of other accommodation options in the Wellington city (Thorndon end)

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