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Early Childhood Alert No. 15, 2017

Current topics and what's in this week's newsletter:  

  1. What is Government going to do to enable early childhood services to meet the new legally binding objective for diversity - in relation to the inclusion of men and providing gender neutral learning for children?
  2. Education Leaders Forum 2017, Rotorua, 23rd - 24th August
  3. Ways to improve the ECE environment for asthmatic children
  4. Cough and cold medicines
  5. Centres at shooting ranges - how acceptable is this?
  6. New minimum teacher wage requirement for services claiming higher rates of funding
  7. Tax implications of teachers being given free childcare
  8. Reminder - New teaching standards should be used in appraisals
  9. Using relievers
  10. Working as a reliever
  11. Getting a grip on all the jargon words used in ECE and gobbledegook 
  12. Review and expiry of Pacific Island Early Childhood Education (PIECE) teacher education unit standards

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1.  What is Government going to do to enable early childhood services to meet the new legally binding objective for diversity - in relation to the inclusion of men and providing gender neutral learning for children?

The Education Ministry was well aware for at least 20 years on the need for action to increase male participation in ECE teaching. Those at the coalface want men in teaching in early education and view any use of the old excuse of men as abusers as a cop out.

>  Learn more

 

2. Education Leaders Forum 2017, Rotorua, 23rd - 24th August

By providing evidence and examples, on-going  birth cohort  studies help change the way new generations are cared for and educated and deepen our knowledge of the genetic and environmental factors affecting their later life journeys and work trajectories.

Dr Sarah Alexander representing ChildForum will be at the Education Leaders Forum - will you? 

A large discount is available on the conference fee for ChildForum members.

>  Find out more

 

3.  Ways to improve the ECE environment for asthmatic children (and adults)

What you need to know about how to identify if a child might be asthmatic, treatment, and practical ways of easily improving the environment you provide to help children (and adults) who have asthma.

> Read more

 

4.  Cough and cold medicines for children

Health authorities warn against the use of cough and cold medicines for children under the age of 6 years- except for those containing only bromhexine or intra-nasal decongestants (such as oxymetazoline and xylometazoline) and these are approved only for children aged over 2 years.
See the information here on the the reasons why, some safer alternatives for treating a young child and how early childhood educators and caregivers may respond if asked to administer a cough medicine - on the one hand they have an obligation to administer the medicine if a parent gives written authority but on the other hand they also have a responsibility toward the child for health and safety.

>  Find out more

 

5. Centres at shooting ranges?

How acceptable is this?  

>  See news story  

 

6. New minimum teacher wage requirement for services claiming higher rates of funding

Just a reminder that the attestation rates for wages/salaries has changed. Learn more about the changes and the minimum that employers must pay their teaching staff. 

> Learn more

 

7. Tax implications of employees being given free childcare

 A centre manger asked about the Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) implications of giving free early childhood education to employee's children.

> Learn when this does and does not have tax implications and how it should be accounted (this is an ECE service membership article) 

 

8. Reminder - New teaching standards should be used in appraisals

Teachers who have previously gained and maintained professional registration in order to practise as a qualified and registered teacher now need to use a new format to establish and maintain their registration status.

The new Code is binding on all teachers who hold a Practising Certificate, regardless of role or teaching context. All teachers and centres need to begin using the new Standards for appraisal as soon as possible, ahead of their complete implementation by 1 January 2018. 

>  Read more about the new Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession which has replaced the teaching criteria and code of ethics

>  Template for teacher appraisal

>  Template for centre managers and Home-based co-ordinators

 

9. Using relievers

Relievers are a much welcome part to any ECE service. Teachers and home-based coordinators will require annual or sick leave, or you may need someone to fill in, while you look for a new staff member. Whatever the reason for your need for using a reliever, there are many questions and concerns that may arise for employers and managers.

  • Where can I get a reliever?
  • How much do relievers usually cost?
  • What sort of teaching quality should I expect from a reliever?
  • Can I choose my reliever?
  • What if the reliever is not very good?
  • Some helpful resources

>  Read more

 

10.  Working as a reliever

Most permanent early childhood teachers will have experienced relievers within their services, either from an agency or permanent relievers employed by their service and they may be interested in pursuing relieving themselves. If you are a reliever and for teachers who are considering moving from a permanent role to a relieving role there are many things you may not have thought about. This article also answers some questions and concerns that permanent staff members may have to ensure that they are making an informed decision about their career direction.

Reasons for becoming a reliever

  • How to sign up for external relieving agencies
  • Other ways to become a reliever
  • What is it like being a reliever?
  • Can you still do assessments and other documentation?
  • Can you maintain full teacher certification if you are a reliever?

>  Read more

 

11. Getting a grip on all the jargon words used in ECE and gobbledegook 

Check out and contribute to the dictionary of ECE

>  See more

 

12.  Review and expiry of Pacific Island Early Childhood Education (PIECE) unit standards

Proposed expiry of PIECE unit standards consultation – closes Monday 31 July 2017 (please see the consultation page)

Upcoming review of PIECE unit standards feedback invited – closes Friday 4 August 2017 (please see the review consultation page)

Further information on the expiry and review projects is available from the Pacific Island Early Childhood Education (PIECE) unit standards webpage.

  

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