Happy 2017 and welcome back everyone!
Instead of our usual newsletter this one is a checklist.
It is so you can see at a glance some things that may be useful for you to consider doing, exploring, preparing, or reading to help in being well set-up for the year.
Teaching and Caring for Children
Check your pay slip. Are you a teacher who is not at a kindergarten and working at an early childhood service that is claiming higher rates of funding for children on the basis of having qualified and certificated teachers? Pay needs to be at least at the minimum level rates as set out by the Ministry of Education.
- Information on minimum rates of pay set by the Ministry of Education according to teacher qualification level (scroll to near the end of the news article to view the pay rates)
Back to work fun ways of coping and helping children to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break
Community celebrations to get ready for in the curriculum
- Waitangi Day (actual date 6 Feb) - Activities and ideas for bringing the event into your planning and programme
- Chinese New Year (actual celebration date Sat 28 Jan) - Year of the Fire Rooster
Settling new children in. Tips and practical strategies for making it easier for children and reducing stress for all.
Parents and friends of parents
Learn the secret known to early childhood teachers of the best way to prepare children for school
Subsidy entitlement - check if you would be eligible for a childcare subsidy through WINZ
Is there a right age for starting a child at preschool?
Jargon, academic terms, professional speak - learn up now to show you know the meaning of different words
Grants for men training to be early childhood teachers
Help other students decide which course is best to study and which institution to study at by adding your comments, recommendations and reviews
Support team members to reflect, make changes and engage in action research
- An easy guide to doing action research to bring about change and improvements in practices and in the environment
Self-review and taking the stress out of self-review
Editor of the NZ International Research in ECE Journal, Dr Wendy Boyd, has issued a call for papers for the next journal issue. Papers reporting original research studies as well as shorter research notes on post-graduate research studies are invited.
If you are undertaking research this year in early childhood settings you are welcome to advertise your project or ask for participants by posting a notice in the Discussion Area
Managing and Running an Early Childhood Service(s)
De-clutter and throw-out / safely destroy old records.
Get a parent survey underway, learn parent views, and be open to feedback on how to continue to improve your early childhood service
The new Food Act - have you checked if your service needs to register under this? All existing ECE services to whom the Food Act applies must apply for registration before or by 31 March 2017 at the latest!
- How to, the benefits for ECE services, costs, and other options if you don't want your service to come under the Food Act
Safety management - daily checklist template. Ensure members of your team are doing a thorough check for hazards and safety issues each day
Financial administration - check if the systems your service has in place to prevent theft of money, donations, etc., by staff, parent volunteers and others are sufficient
Parents should be informed of the service's complaints procedure - this is a legal requirement. Make sure your new and current parents know what it is and there are forms available.
Police vetting is necessary for all new staff and workers, unless the new staff member is qualified teacher and holder of a practising certificate as police vetting will have already been completed as part of certification. Safety checking is necessary for all.
Check you have a current membership subscription or your organisation holds a membership
Test your member's login at www.childforum.com and that you have access to the member's area applicable to your individual, ECE service, or research journal membership
If not, here is the membership page to go to for taking out a new membership or renewing
- Individual (one person)
- ECE service and ECE groups of services
- Library research journal subscription
Our Facebook page to like is https://www.facebook.com/childforum
Above are some essentials along with some interesting items to help you start the year off right.
Keep in touch with us at the ChildForum Early Childhood National Network if we can be of assistance.
Questions and comments can also be posted in the Discussion Area for members at www.childforum.com
The usual newsletter will return and be sent out next week.