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Early Childhood Alert, No. 5, 2016


New Facebook page for ECE

Check it out https://www.facebook.com/childforum  The Facebook page will feature interesting stuff and conversations on relevant matters to all sectors in early education and care.  


New Early Childhood Research

Diversity and inclusion are hot topics in early childhood practice, policy and research.

We are therefore delighted to announce the publication and release of a special issue of the New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education Journal on these topics. Edited by Dr Wendy Boyd with the support of brilliant editorial board members and reviewers, the articles by New Zealand, British and Australian authors bring new insights and help to build our knowledge base in early childhood development and education.

Take a look, have a read and refer your colleagues, staff, students and fellow students to these: 

Early childhood science exploration: a vehicle for inclusive practices by Coral Campbell.

Changing roles and responsibilities: the development of coaching in early intervention education settings, in Aotearoa New Zealand by Helen Mataiti, Anne van Bysterveldt and Judi Miller

A whole school approach to language development in the early years: professional development in action by Carla Solvason, Heidi Kohlman, Mike Snowden and Claire Morris.

Removing socio-economic barriers to participation in Early Childhood Education: Is current policy in Aotearoa New Zealand effective? by Gillian Postlewaight.

Whiteness Scholarship in Early Childhood Education by Melinda Miller

Whose decision is it? Unpacking shared decision-making as a component of partnership in New Zealand early childhood education centres by Qilong Zhang

Visible Difference: Photostory as capacity building, research and evaluation method by Linda Newman, Christine Woodrow and Leonie Arthur

For more about the NZRECE Journal Volume 19, click here


Calling professional leaders and ECE service providers

The national management forum is scheduled for Friday 27th May in Wellington.

Places are limited.  Register now. The programme will be out soon - and its an absolutely fabulous one with topics that will really interest and NZ and international leaders who you will just want to meet and are expert in their field.

> click here for details


Preparing for Easter 

QUESTION: "What do you call Easter when you are hopping around?"
ANSWER: "Hoppy Easter!

 > see great teaching ideas, games, activities, cooking, etc for celebrating Easter with children 


World Down Syndrome Day - 21st March

Put on some funky socks ... This is an opportunity for us to show our support for children with Down syndrome and help spread awareness and understanding in our organisations and communities. In New Zealand one or more babies with Down syndrome are estimated to be born every week.

>  how early childhood services can support this day 


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Training and building the Board's/Committee’s governance capacity

Dealing with conflicts of interest

Good relationships between the manager/ senior person and board members

Building enthusiasm, commitment and getting the most out of your committee or board members

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