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Early Childhood Alert, No 25, 2016

In the news this week

NZ's new two top political leaders Bill English and Paula Bennett both have prior experience in roles as spokespeople for early childhood education. We are looking forward to the announcement of who will be the cabinet minister responsible for early childhood education when Hekia Parata is replaced and hope that this person will show more interest in early childhood education and give more attention to getting policy right for children in ECE, their families, teachers and services.  

There is hope, if the rejection of the Early Childhood Council's (a private industry lobby group) bid to have the government drop a funding policy that supports the employment of qualified and certificated teachers whilst giving ECE sevices vital revenue, is anything to go by.  READ MORE: Go to this news article  

A plane crashing into power lines and knocking out power to Gisborne shows how quickly and unexpectedly it is possible to be left without electricity.  Every early childhood service should know what the procedure is when the power is cut, what obligations it has, and how to respond.  READ MORE: Go to ECE Service Member Information 

The Children’s Commissioner’s Child Poverty Monitor, released today, shows that child poverty rates are not improving and more children are going to hospital with poverty-related diseases. Perhaps more people should read this:  Unravelling the Costs of Poverty: Strategies to help children under 5 years and policy choices

Meanwhile, the new draft Te Whāriki curriculum continues to be controversial and across the ECE sector many are waiting to see how the Ministry of Education will respond.  READ MORE: (1) Paper on there being multiple issues that the Ministry needs to address before finalising the new curriculum (2) Claim that the consultation process has breached statutory and legal requirements


Reminder before the Christmas holiday

Don't forget to renew your individual or ECE service membership if it has recently expired or is about to expire before you go off on holiday!  You may need to access material online or our support if something happens over the holiday period. You (or your staff) may also need password access for catching up on reading, news, research etc. 

Is your login not working or have you forgotten your password? This could be an indication that your membership has not been renewed - check with us if you like at email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we can help with resetting your password or letting you know if it is renewal time. 


Job Advert

We are a Home-based education programme seeking a programme coordinator fluent in Tongan and English, contractor $45 per hour at 15-20 hr/p/w. A highly motivated, organised, flexible and passionate qualified teacher committed to providing quality education and support to our educators, parents and our children.  

> Go to the Job Adverts category in the Discussion Area - All Members' Forum at www.childforum.com for more details about this position. 


Christmas presents for children under 5 years

It is easy to forget that sometimes the best presents for children do not cost a lot of money.

There are also some gifts that are more appropriate for an ECE service to give to its children, for example a high quality picture book, than others such as candy canes. 

ChildForum has researched and compiled into an article ideas for parents and teachers on:

  • The 5 best "I love you" and "You are special" gifts
  • The 5 best educational toys ever
  • Lists of other highly recommended educational presents (a) for outside physical play; (b) for creativity and construction; (c) for developing a child's mind and knowledge of the world and of life



Rate and review your child's early childhood service

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. 

> Go to My ECE at www.myece.org.nz 


ERO reviews of ECE services - How much should we value and trust them? 

If you have ever bought a car or a house you may have arranged a pre-purchase inspection report so you can be assured it isn’t a lemon or a leaky home. How much would you value a car inspection if done by a train mechanic?

You might feel better if it was done by a truck mechanic because a truck is more similar to a car than a train. Even better perhaps if a panel beater turned up. Though, perhaps you might have assumed the person inspecting the car would actually be experienced and qualified with, well, cars! A car mechanic perhaps?

> READ MORE and see and add to the comments 


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.


Christmas activities, games and discussing the meaning of Christmas with children from different religions and family cultures

In this article are ECE appropriate:

  • ideas of presents children can 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


Some recommended ECE suppliers 

Children's Books - buy at 15% discount and have delivered to your doorstep. READ MORE

Handcrafted Wooden outdoor and indoor play equipment and toys - 15% discount available to ChildForum's ECE Service Members.  READ MORE

Māori Costumes, Piupiu, Rakau, Dolls, Flax Baskets, etc for children locally made by Kanikani Kids. 10% discount. READ MORE

Storypark - 10% discount.  READ MORE

"Early Reading Together" handbook and parent workshop kit materials for ECE Services and new entrant school classes.  READ MORE

Help with Finance for ECE centre and home-based services - short term lending to bring forward your service's next bulk funding payment.  READ MORE 


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