Current topics and what's in this week's newsletter:
- Heroes or dictators - why concerns are being expressed about a community early childhood association
- Ministry must front up over centre manager's abuse of children
- It's Father's Day soon - activity and gift planning ideas
- September is the busiest month for children's birthdays
- Research on a huge variety of early childhood education and child development topics and issues in NZ and around the World
- Pets and animals at ECE services
- Education Leaders Forum 2017, 23rd - 24th August
Members let us know if there is an issue affecting you or if you are seeking ideas or information on an early childhood matter or topic.
1. Heroes or dictators? Why concerns are being expressed about a community early childhood association
"There is a culture of fear and bullying."
This is a controversial story and a must read for everyone.
It is happening in Auckland. It could end up hurting our whole early childhood system (community support, funding levels, and reduce the diversity of ECE services) - is this what we want?
2. Ministry must front up over centre manager's abuse of children
As early childhood centre manager Lynn Abraham, who smacked and force-fed children and washed a child’s mouth with soap is sentenced, (Monday July 31st, in the Auckland District Court), ChildForum chief executive Dr Sarah Alexander says the Ministry of Education needs to front up over its shortcomings in monitoring services to ensure children’s safety and responding to complaints.
3. It's Father's Day soon - activity and gift planning ideas
Father's Day can mean different things to different children and families but essentially it is a celebration of the special male person in a child's life. It can be broadened to be a ‘Special Person’ day – celebrating the male person who provides hands on care and love for the child. The special occasion has a history which we share with you, so you can share this interesting information with your children. Also read and make use of the ideas and activities including gift making provided by early childhood educators in this article.
4. September is the busiest month for children's birthdays
Did you know that 30 September is the most common birthday date for children in NZ and more babies are usually born during Sept-October than at any other time of the year?
> Lists of the 5 best "I love you" and "You are special" gifts; the 5 best educational toys ever; and other highly recommended educational presents for outside physical play, creativity and construction, developing a child's mind and knowledge of the world and of life
5. Research on a huge variety of early childhood education and child development topics and issues in NZ and around the World
Did you know that your individual or ECE service membership with ChildForum also gives you unlimited FREE online access to all current and past issues of the NZ International Research in ECE Journal? This is a huge help for anyone looking for research to help answer a question, engaging in further study, or simply wishing to keep up the latest knowledge and have some good reading.
Editor Dr Wendy Boyd has worked with amazing authors this year and the 2017 issue is on schedule and will be ready for you to read within the coming month or two.
6. Pets and animals at ECE services
At ChildForum we are hearing from many people considering such things as having a baby lamb at their centre for children to feed and care for, getting a pig to eat food scraps and for children's learning about animal care and sustainability, getting fish and what policies around this are needed, etc.
The short answer is pets and animals are great and really important for children to have contact with - as long as there is an adult responsible who is knowledgeable and experienced in the care of such an animal.
In terms of rules and regulations check these out at the My ECE website
7. Education Leaders Forum 2017, 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 will be speaking on early childhood education at the Education Leaders Forum and there are many presentations relevant to young children and their development.
A large discount is available on the conference fee for ChildForum members.
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