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Early Childhood Alert, No 24, 2016

There are 2 major news stories out this week.  If you don't have time to look at anything else make sure you see No. 1 and No. 2 items


1. Funding, salary attestation and staff hour count

2. Consultation process for Te Whāriki claimed to breach statutory and legal requirements

3. Post a comment on any article and be in to win a new children's book

4. Rate and review your child's early childhood service - or see what parents are saying about it

5. Christmas activities, present making, games and how to discuss the meaning of Christmas with children


Advertise for a job, advertise for new staff, start up a new discussion, share and get ideas on any early childhood matters - Take a look and start using the awesome new online Discussion Forums for ECE services and individual members.  
Go to www.childforum.com and near the top of the screen look for the tab "DISCUSSION AREA" click on the discussion forum area to view. Click on 'category' to find a category that you are interested in and click on that to view posts and replies/ or add a new post.  


1. Funding for qualified and certificated teachers - good news!

You may recall a quick survey with 1,000 responses published by ChildForum on 9 October which revealed that if the funding incentive were dropped, and there were strong indications that this change was in the wind, it would unwind much of what has been achieved in building up a qualified ECE workforce and increase risks for children's safety, etc. 

It may have taken a while for Education Minister Hekia Parata to consider and respond to the survey and our letter to her and the Finance Minister but the news is good. However, it may not please everyone. 

> Go to news story and read what has been promised by the Minister


2. Consultation process for Te Whāriki claimed to breach statutory and legal requirements

Opposition to the process the Ministry of Education is taking in re-writing the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki is growing.

The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Schools sought legal advice and has sent a letter to the Education Minister that sets out its concerns about the inadequacy of the consultation process, which it argues breaches the requirements in the Education Act 1989.

This follows on from ChildForum's chief executive Dr Alexander's paper pointing to there being multiple issues that the Ministry must address and recommending that the ministry postpone its planned release of the new curriculum in February next year and put time into getting it right. (Read more: Questions hanging over the update of Te Whariki)

The Federation of Rudolf Steiner School and signatories to the letter to the Minister of Education have requested "a full and proper consultation process".

It is argued that the process and time frame that the Ministry of Education has provided for response is inadequate, given the very substantial change in direction that is being proposed and that the current process breaches the statutory and legal requirements for consultation.

> Go to the news story and learn more


3. Post a comment on any article and be in to win a new children's book

book promotionGo to any article on our early childhood website at www.childforum.com and add a comment, question or tip.

Adding a comment to any article will place you in the draw with a good chance of possibly winning one of 5 amazing picture books generously donated by NZ Children's books.  

1) A Dragon on the Doorstep
Play hide-and-seek with a dragon, a crocodile, a gorilla and all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures. The rhyming text explores familiar rooms of the house, and encourages imaginative play. Book with CD edition includes song sung by acclaimed children's performer Fred Penner.

2) Creepy Crawly Calypso
Jump and jive from one to ten with a boisterous band of bugs in this selection that introduces creepy crawlies and calypso instruments. After the rhyming story, there are fascinating facts about the insects and calypso bands, as well as a simple music score. Book with CD edition includes song sung by Richard Love, Panache and Alex Hutchings.

book promotion3) The Great Race
Race with the animals of the Zodiac as they compete to have the years of the Chinese calendar named after them. The excitement-filled story is followed by notes on the Chinese calendar, important Chinese holidays, and a chart outlining the animal signs based on birth years.

4) The Elephant Ears
How did African and Indian elephants first find their homelands? Find out in this clever modern fable that explores animal habitats and teaches children to value everyone’s unique qualities.

5) My Granny Went to Market
A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme
Fly away with Granny as she takes a magic carpet ride around the world, collecting a steadily increasing number of souvenirs from each exotic location! This rhyming story will take young readers on an adventure to different countries while teaching them to count along the way.


4. Rate and review your child's early childhood service - or see what parents are saying about it

My ECE provides straight forward information for parents and whanau about early childhood services in their area and general information on quality ECE, child care, health, learning, regulations, codes, checklists, complaint and other forms.  

In the service directory pages families can post their reviews and ratings and recommend their service to other families. 

> www.myece.org.nz 


5. Christmas activities, present making, games and how to discuss the meaning of Christmas with children

In early December it's time to be planning Christmas activities and present making.

In this article are ECE appropriate:

  • ideas of easey peasey presents for children to make
  • art and craft activity ideas
  • games and play activities, and
  • discussion of what to say and how to talk with children about Christmas and the reasons for the celebration.

> Read More



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