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Early Childhood Alert, No 18, 2016

Higher rates of funding to pay teacher wages likely to go 

See the news about funding review implications for ECE - with funding for registered/ certificated teachers looking like it will go and related funding rules for ratios, etc    

> Go to the news


Power cut - what to do at your ECE service when there is no electricity 

> See information and good advice


Volunteers – ECE Workplaces risk breaking the law when relying on free labour

>  What you need to know and how to stay on the right side of the law and ECE funding rules


Sept is the busiest month for children's birthdays

Did you know that 30 September is the most common birthday for children in NZ and more babies are usually born during Sept-October than at any other time of the year?

While many parents are thinking about and seeking advice on baby names, ECE services can be get many children enrolling with the same name.  

> See the the most common baby names, different and unique name choices and tips for parents 

>  Birthday party ideas for under-5s and what works best

>  ChildForum has researched and provides for teachers and parents lists of the 5 best "I love you" and "You are special" gifts;  the 5 best educational toys ever; and other highly recommended educational presents for outside physical play, creativity and construction, developing a child's mind and knowledge of the world and of life


Research on a huge variety of early childhood education and child development 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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Pets and animals at ECE services

At ChildForum we are hearing from many people considering such things as having a baby lamb at their centre for children to feed and care for, getting a pig to eat food scraps and for children's learning about animal care and sustainability, getting fish and what policies around this are needed, etc. 

The short answer is pets and animals are great and really important for children to have contact with - as long as there is an adult responsible who is knowledgeable and experienced in the care of such an animal. 

In terms of rules and regulations check these out at the My ECE website

> Regulations to keep in mind 


Finance - short term lending to bring forward your service's next bulk funding payment


NZ Childcare Finance provides short-term finance to early childhood groups including centres and home-based licensed services. NZ Childcare Finance is available to help ease and smooth your cashflow by bringing forward your next bulk funding payment.

> Read more 


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