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Early Childhood Alert No. 6, 2017

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Contents

1. Why ban unvaccinated children from ECE? 
2. Preparing a press release and getting your story out to promote or publicise your service
3. What a primary caregiving system is, and Q&A on common questions parents, teachers, and managers have about this
4. Reducing the risk of children choking when eating
5. Do you have staff who are late arriving for work? 
6. Plain English guide to early childhood regulations

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1. Why ban unvaccinated children from ECE? 

Children who are not immunised are to be banned from attending early childhood education in all states of Australia if Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has his way.

In New Zealand, when asked this week by Newstalk ZB on Monday if this was an issue in NZ and would NZ be looking at doing the same, Dr Sarah Alexander of ChildForum replied no and joked that it would only become a story here for the media to pick up on if a NZ politician wanted to get their name in the news headlines being election year.  The next day, Labour leader Andrew Little, did just that. Mr Little said it “was worth looking at”.  Why did he not say that Labour does not believe in using early childhood education to punish parents and deny children access?

> Go to the full article for further reactions, arguments, explanations and information

 

2. Preparing a press release about an event, achievement or story to promote or publicise your service

If you are planning to invite a local reporter along to your event or send a press release out, it pays to do a bit of planning beforehand to increase your chances of success.

Here are some tips to get you started on the right track from Arwen Hann, ChildForum's communication manager who is a former education reporter.

> Press-release preparation and getting your story out

 

3.  What a primary caregiving system is, and Q&A on common questions parents, teachers, and managers have about this

This article provides an easy-to-read discussion about primary caregiving in early childhood centres. It covers some common questions and concerns relating to a primary caregiving system.  A centre that has a primary caregiving system in place is often more attractive to parents than one that does not. 

> Go to article

 

4.  Reducing the risk of children choking when eating

A 14 month old attending a NZ early childhood education centre died after he choked on apple in 2008.

You may be surprised what other foods are considered a high choking risk for young children. Read more below about this.  Also we explain how to minimise the risk of children choking when eating in a group childcare or preschool setting.

> Go to article 

 

5. Do you have staff who are late arriving for work?  

Discussion and pointers for responding to

  • a one-off or infrequent occurrence
  • an employee who is often late for work

When you can and when you should not issue a warning to fire an employee.

>  Go to article 

 

6.  Plain-English guide to early childhood regulations

The basics simply explained on a huge range of matters (such as having animals on the premises, staffing ratios, reporting a centre needs to do to parents, and a centre's rights if a person is abusive toward a teacher in the presence or hearing of a child) - is available in the free access regulation guide published by My ECE.

> https://www.myece.org.nz/centre-mininum-legal-requirements

 
 

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