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Early Childhood Alert, No 14, 2016

Evening Symposium:  "Men Who Teach Young Children" - early registration is advised

When: Monday 15th August 7.00pm – 9pm
Where: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus. 
Tickets:  Entry by ticket only.  Tickets are free.  To register go to the EVENT page at www.childforum.com or email your request for a ticket/s to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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We are bringing Dr David Brody from Israel over to NZ to address the forthcoming symposium. Dr Brody is an internationally recognised expert on early childhood education and gender. This is a unique opportunity to meet Dr Brody and hear first-hand about his research on teachers in six different countries and changes that are happening internationally.  

Here in New Zealand, the proportion of female to male teachers has been around 98% for a long time. The care and education of young children is almost exclusively the domain of women. But right now, as Dr Sarah Alexander, will point out our NZ early childhood teaching workforce stands upon the precipice of change. With reference to NZ research over the past 20 years she will explain that the barriers to male participation have weakened and recent national survey results show majority support in the early childhood sector for gender equality. While this development is positive, political support and effective policy is vital if we want NZ to be a place where men’s contributions to early childhood education are valued and it is considered normal to see men in the work setting.

Dr Brody will discuss in more depth the contributions men make and why men choose to teach young children. He observed and interviewed men in the field from six different countries. His research explored both the hardships and the successes of men in the profession and how they construct their gender identity within a work setting that society views as female territory. Dr Brody claims that understanding these narratives is crucial to creating new strategies to attract and retain men in the early childhood workforce.

> Go to the Event page to register  


Mid-winter $100 gift winners

Congratulations to the following 5 early childhood services whose names were randomly drawn out of all early childhood services joining ChildForum in the last month:

  • Family Ties Preschool, Dunedin
  • Cashmere Early Learning Centre, Christchurch
  • Coast Montessori Preschool, Auckland
  • Busy Bees Centre, Dannevirke
  • Nestlings Preschool Tauranga

Thank you to all services who participated in the prize draw

Sponsor Lena Thomson, general manager of NZ Childcare Finance, will be in touch with the winning early childhood services.  

To thank NZ Childcare Finance for its generous sponsorship we would like to provide the following advertisement and let you know that it offers short-term finance to early childhood groups including centres and home-based licensed services. It is available to help ease and smooth your cashflow by bringing forward your next bulk funding payment. There is a 24-hour approval process guaranteed. Read more


Win a new sandpit digger

sandpit digger supplied by Pioneer Wooden Toys NZTo be in the draw to win a fabulous wooden sandpit digger for your child or early childhood service all you need to do is read any article on the ChildForum website and add a comment

The digger is provided by Pioneer Wooden Toys, one of the favourite suppliers of handcrafted wooden toys for 36 years to early childhood centres, home-based ECE services and parents. 

Every article you comment on will count as one entry. Articles are on a huge range of topics:

  • news stories
  • providers of ECE teacher education
  • teaching ideas
  • transitions
  • philosophy
  • health
  • gender 
  • preparing for service audits
  • research studies
  • how to do research
  • policy and issues articles
  • staffing
  • etc, etc

The more articles you read online at www.childforum.com and comment on the more chances you have of winning.   For more information about Pioneer Wooden Toys, its range of toys and discount offered click here


Safety checking of centre owners, students, researchers, teachers, homebased educators, relievers, etc.

Did you know that any person who may have access to children as part of their work, such as cleaners and cooks at early childhood services, must now be safety checked in accordance with the Vulnerable Children's Act before being allowed to start work. The fine to the early childhood service of failing to do this is up to $10,000 upon conviction. While it is a current requirement that all staff employed for the first time by a service in child care/ teaching roles (core children’s worker roles) are safety checked, this is not the case for service owners and operators.

> Find out why and go to more info you need to know about safety checking

> Articles on child abuse and protection in early childhood education

> Sample child protection policy template you can use and suggestions to help


Strengthening child protection practice professional development in Auckland

Practical guidance for early childhood teachers on how to recognise and respond to sexual behaviours in children. 

This is a Ministry of Education funded professional learning and development opportunity (SELO). The aim of the SELO programme is to support your service to strengthen quality and raise responsiveness to the community you operate in.

This is a great opportunity for you to attend together with your service staff if you missed the events earlier this year. To book go to http://ecetraining.nz 

Thursday 21 July 6−9pm Wesley Community Centre Mt Roskill
Tuesday 26 July 6−9pm  Papatoetoe
Wednesday 27 July 6−9pm Otahuhu
Thursday 28 July 6−9pm Butterfly Creek, Auckland Airport

Nga mini nui
Eric Hollis


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