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Early Childhood Alert No. 7, 2017

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Needing Easter ideas for Under-2s and Over-2s?  

QUESTION: "What do you call Easter when you are hopping around?"
ANSWER: "Hoppy Easter!

 > Go to resource of teaching ideas, games, activities, cooking, etc for Easter 


Dealing with differences in religious beliefs and family views about Easter, etc.

Why are some religious beliefs and cultural celebrations recognised by different early childhood services and others not?  Australian early childhood expert Dr Anne Kennedy says we need to “think carefully about celebrations, what they mean to families, children and communities, why they are important and what should the early childhood service do in response to them"

Learn more and use this article for reflection and/or discussion with colleagues

>  Cultural and religious diversity and responding to expectations


Clocks go back 1 hour this weekend in NZ

Daylight saving effects children. It's important for adults to plan for how they may support adjustment by children, and respond to any changed behaviour.

 Learn more


ANZAC Day with children

Here's a great source of information for busy people on what you need to know about the history etc of ANZAC day to answer children's questions, great ideas for appropriate activities, and not forgetting ... the ANZAC Biscuit Recipe!

Go to online resource information


Putting up graveyard crosses in playgrounds and teaching about death and sacrifice in war 

Last year the Ministry of Education wanted early childhood education services across the country to do this and it sent out Field of Remembrance Trust packs. We wonder how many people kept the pack and will be using it again? And did you think it the best use of Ministry time and spending on ECE? 

>  Go to last news story and add your comments  


New Research - High Teacher Turnover Rates in Australia, Retaining Teachers and Understanding What Improves Job Satisfaction

The Australian early childhood sector is grappling with high teacher turnover rates in a climate where the demand for teachers is higher than ever due to regulatory increases in qualifications and an influx of centre based services. The necessity to understand what inspires those teachers who remain in the sector and the factors enhancing their job satisfaction is pertinent in the current context. This article reports on a study of teacher job satisfaction and implications for policy and practice are also explored.

Full reference
Jones, C., Hadley F., & Johnstone, M. (2017). Retaining early childhood teachers: What factors contribute to high job satisfaction in early childhood settings in Australia?  NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal: Special Issue "Educators and their Work", 20(2), 1-18. Retrieved from www.childforum.com/research/nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal-2017-educators-teachers-work-issues.html 


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