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Early Childhood Alert, No 17, 2016

“Miseducation” – Putting children’s childhood at risk to satisfy political whims

You need to know about what is coming up and tell us what you think about it.  It will be a huge change for ECE - and one that could be potentially harmful.     

> Go to information


Win a sandpit digger

Just add a comment to any of the articles at www.childforum.com to be in the draw to win a great sandpit digger. The digger is generously offered by Pioneer Wooden Toys, one of the favourite suppliers of handcrafted wooden toys for 36 years to families, early childhood centres, and home-based ECE services. Each comment will be counted as one entry and the competition runs only until the end of Sept.


NZ Police heads towards gender balance while the Ministry of Education holds on to sex-role stereotypes for early childhood education

ECE is a 'pink' profession and a pink profession it is likely to stay without Ministry support of diversity.

> Find out why


School starting age to change and attendance made compulsory upon starting

What the new school starting age will be and the real reason for the change


Research on a huge variety of ECE topics and issues in NZ and around the World

Did you know that your individual or ECE group membership with ChildForum also gives you unlimited FREE online access to all current and past issues of the NZ Research in ECE Journal? This is a huge help for anyone looking for research to help answer a question, engaging in further study, or simply wishing to keep up the latest knowledge and have some good reading.

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Father's Day on Sunday

>  Go to an article containing early childhood educators' great ideas and activities for helping children to mark Father's Day, including gift making


Bathroom planning, toilet doors, and privacy for children

Toilets are a basic thing to most of us, a place where we go to undertake an everyday task, a place that should be pleasant but possibly do not give too much thought to. However, one thing everyone generally does like when using the toilet is privacy. In early childhood service settings, balancing privacy with the need to be able to help young children with toileting and the concept of supervision can be difficult. We share with you research on this topic and discuss aspects to consider when planning a children's bathroom.

> Go to planning information and guidance


Compare the funding rates for different types of ECE services

Do you want to see what funding your service might be getting per hour per child and the rates that other types of services are funded at? 

>  Go to service funding rate information 


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