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Early Childhood Alert, No 15, 2016

NEWS:  Why WINZ childcare subsidy coordinators are not going to be available any longer

> Go to this news article and feel free to add your comments as to how this change may affect your service or family


sandpit digger supplied by Pioneer Wooden Toys NZWin a new sandpit digger

To be in the draw to win a fabulous wooden sandpit digger for your child or early childhood service all you need to do is add a comment to any article on the www.childforum.com website during Aug/Sept. 

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. 


Olympics - Activities and learning for children under 6 years

This article gives good basic information to talk with children about the Olympics and many different tried and proven activity ideas for individual and groups of children.

>  Go to the ECE Olympics information/ideas resource  


Research:  Students experiences of mentoring when on teaching practicum

The focus of this paper is on the relationships and experiences of third-year field-based early childhood student teachers with their mentoring teachers in their usual centre of work and with their Associate Teachers whilst on practicum. Key themes emerged from the student teachers’ stories such as the importance of mentoring teachers taking an interest and being open and available. Student teachers also expected to be challenged, but supported within relationships that were respectful and authentic and to be part of cohesive teams, where relationships extend beyond the workplace.

> Go to full article by Caterina Murphy and Jenny Butcher for findings and discussion


ECE Service Management:  Managing the noise level and noise control 

We have available practical advice and discussion on noise minimisation.  Learn how you can create and ensure an environment that is safe for the hearing of all children and adults, not to mention happier and better for learning.

> Go to advice and help article


Teaching:  Co-construction, problem-solving, scaffolding and hypothesising: Super teaching for super success

These teaching strategies can build on children’s learning dispositions and their strengths and interests to put the ‘wow factor’ into learning.

> Click here for the article


Policy:  What age is best to start school in NZ? 

The evidence and practical pros and cons of lowering the age or increasing it

> Click here for the information - it is so interesting! 


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