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
Power cut - what to do at your ECE service when there is no electricity
Volunteers – ECE Workplaces risk breaking the law when relying on free labour
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.
> 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.
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
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.
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