A big overhaul in funding, including the 20 hours ECE and other funding schemes has been expected for quite a few years.
Cost-driver surveys look to be a thing of the past as funding will shift away from contributing to costs and reflecting the size of the roll/child hours of attendance. There will be various positive and negative consequences for different ECE providers and groups, especially parent-led services at one end and at the other end the all-day teacher-led services with large roll capacity particularly if they have borrowed heavily to build new services.
Matariki celebrations at ECE services
What is your early childhood service doing to celebrate Matariki? Here's a link to a helpful article on the reasons for the celebration and history for teacher learning and sharing with children. It gives lots of teaching and learning activities and ideas for making this culturally important event part of the early childhood curriculum.
Emeritus Professor Anne B Smith
An extraordinary person who has had a most significant influence on early childhood education.
Anne Smith has recently written a new book "Children’s Rights – towards Social Justice" which is an absolute must read for all who work with children and educate teachers.
A simple guide to doing action research - for student projects and for teachers wanting to bring about improvements in their programme
Student teachers are often asked to engage in action research (also known as an 'enquiry') to increase their learning.
Action research is also a great tool when internally evaluating or self-reviewing an early childhood programme. When action research is done properly and well the quality of teaching is usually raised, leading to better experiences and outcomes for children.
Opportunity to publish in the NZ Research in ECE Journal
The NZ Research in ECE journal has issued an invitation to researchers in NZ and internationally to respond to a call for papers for:
1. The forthcoming general issue of the NZRECE journal. The journal publishes research results, critiques, methodological papers and theoretical articles relating to children’s care, wellbeing and education in the early years (from conception and up to eight years of age). Papers presenting diverse methodologies, critiquing research practices, or advancing thinking about how research is conducted and used are also welcomed.
The closing date for submissions is 30th May 2016 (we suggest you let the Editor know if you are planning to submit a paper).
2. A special issue on "Early Childhood Educators and their Work". For the Special Issue, high quality papers relating to all aspects of early childhood educators and their work across practices, policy, training, and career paths are welcomed.
Catching the eye this week...
Uniforms: Do you like to see teachers in kindergartens and centres dressed the same in a uniform? Is it cool for early childhood teachers to be dressed in a uniform (like many school children)? > Follow the discussion
Paying minimum wage to teachers: Is it fair for unqualified teachers to be paid at the minimum hourly wage rate? > Follow the discussion
Advertising for female only staff: Melbourne University is advertising female-only jobs in a bid to remedy the gender imbalance in math. Only about a quarter of all mathematics academics in Australia are female. If it is socially acceptable for women to go into traditional male occupations, is it okay for men to be openly sought for traditional female occupations? When have you last seen a job advert for an early childhood teacher that invites men to apply. > Follow discussion and add your view
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