The Future for Children Forum is held every three years in election year.
At the 2011 forum we focused on early childhood education and care policy, and in particular on children’s rights and best interests. The Forum was held in Wellington on 31st March 2011.
Below if a name is 'blue' - it means we can provide here a copy of the speech or notes for that session. Click on the name or title to read the speech or notes.
|9.30am||Hon Anne Tolley, Minister of Education (click here to read speech)|
|10.15am||Dr Frances Press, Australia (click here to read presentation)|
|10.45am||Dr Mary Moloney, Ireland (click here to read presentation)|
|11.30am||Sue Moroney MP, Labour's spokesperson for ECE (click here to read speech)|
|1pm||Discussion Groups 1
a) Qualifications and qualification recognition
b) Use of public funding to incentivise improvements in early childhood service quality
c) Home-based ECE and care issue
Discussion Groups 2
|3pm||Dr John Angus and Janis Carroll-Lind, Office of the Children's Commissioner (click here to read power-point slides)|
1. Michelle Rush, parent perspective (click here to read paper)
2. Julie Timmins, child poverty perspective
3. Faith Martin, early childhood service manager perspective (click here to read paper)
Dr Frances Press
“Children at the Heart of Early Education and care: Critical Influences, Issues and Debates”
This presentation discusses the development of early childhood education and care policy internationally and the impact of, often competing, influences on the shape of ECEC. Early childhood educators have often been at the forefront of advocating for the rights of very young children. Nevertheless, some policy drivers, inadvertently or otherwise, overshadow the reality of children’s experiences in early education settings. By examining the push and pull of diverse influences on early childhood education, it will be argued that the best early childhood practice is supported by policy that places children’s rights, interests and perspectives at its heart.
Dr Mary Moloney
From Vision to Practice – Are Children at the Centre or clinging on at the Periphery of Practice within ECCE provision?
Have you ever wondered about the meaning of concepts such as child-centred practice, children’s agency and active learning? You are not alone. Such concepts are frequently used in relation to ECCE provision. They have been shaped by the UN Convention on the Rights of the child. Thus, children are increasingly recognised as being “able, willing and reliable contributors within their own significant social contexts of home and school” (Wyness, 2000, p. 2-23). What does this construction mean for children as they go about their daily life within settings? What does it mean for practitioners working with young children on a daily basis? What role do policy makers play in ensuring that the vision for children espoused in policy becomes a reality within practice? Drawing upon child observations and interviews with ECCE providers and practitioners during a PhD study, this presentation portrays an image of the child within ECCE provision in
Dr John Angus and Dr Janis Carroll-Lind
Through their Lens: An Inquiry into the Formal Education and Care of Infants and Toddlers
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) has a statutory responsibility to be an independent advocate for children and to investigate matters affecting them.
Dr Frances Press is a senior lecturer in early childhood education at the
Dr Mary Moloney has been involved in leadership in Early Childhood Care and Education in
Sue Moroney is Labour’s spokesperson on Early Childhood Education and Aged Care. She is the deputy chair of the Education and Science Select Committee. Sue was elected to parliament in 2005, when she sat on select committees dealing with health, industrial relations and transport. She also held the position of Junior Government Whip during 2007/2008. Prior to her parliamentary career, Sue was involved in various campaigns including campaigning to keep the Waikato Plunket family centre open, against health cuts in the 1990s and working to protect and improve low-paid workers’ wages. In former employment, Sue has been a self-employed trainer of health and safety representatives, a union organiser and educator for the NZ Nurses’ Organisation, regional educator for the Trade Union Education Authority and National Secretary for the NZ Equine Workers’
Dr John Angus is an historian by academic training, a social worker by trade and a policy advisor by profession. He worked as a social worker in
Dr Janis Carroll-Lind is the Principal Advisor (Education) at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. She is a qualified teacher and has taught across a wide range of early childhood, school and university settings.