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Early Childhood Alert No. 19, 2017

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What's topical:  

  1. Labour's election policy for ECE and other election info and analysis
  2. Is it fine for an ECE service to display political posters and tell parents its political views?
  3. Diwali is in 4 weeks time
  4. Opening up about Teacher Bullying
  5. Finding great staff without spending money on advertising
  6. How an ECE service can raise more revenue and worry less about money
  7. Sprucing up the old sandpit or creating a great new one
  8. How to find research on your topic
  9. Safe from Abuse: A checklist for assessing if a service is likely to keep children safe from abuse
  10. Financial support available for qualified teachers to become fully certificated

This is a tiny selection of the information, news, articles, and resources available for teachers, parents, service providers, managers, researchers and policy analysts.  For much more go direct to our early childhood education website for more.

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1.  Labour's election policy for ECE and other election info and analysis

Labour has a good chance of winning this election according to the latest polls so it’s important to turn our attention to what it would mean if Labour held power and followed through on its election promises for early childhood education (ECE).

Could Labour sneak anything in like as in a Trojan Horse that will catch the majority of us unaware? There will be some major worries for different groups especially teachers, home-based ECE, Playcentre, Kindergarten, and Kohanga Reo.

>  See more about the Trojan horses in Labour’s election policy for early childhood education (5 minute read)

>  Also view here the latest updates on each political parties election promises for ECE (quick 3 minute read). 

>  What Bill English and the National Party have done for ECE (5 minute read)

 

2. Is it fine for an ECE service to display political posters and tell parents its political views?

On the ChildForum facebook page we asked if people thought it was fine for an early childhood service to display political posters and tell parents their political views and who best to vote for. 

More than 65 comments have been posted - most are against this and say no it is not fine, e.g. "I'm super into politics but would be pretty unhappy if this were to happen in my son's Playcentre or Preschool. Time and a place, people".   "Politicians need take their photo-opportunistic photo-vote-toting business elsewhere, leave our children's space alone".  "I think it assumes a position of power which makes all sorts of judgement and assumptions about the ability of our whanau to educate themselves politically. Power play".  "No way that's crossing the line of appropriateness, better to be looking after the children in your care. Perhaps those teachers should go into politics if they are that passionate about their political views, are they experts?"

Not everyone agrees, e.g. "We are teachers, for goodness sake. Everything is on the curriculum".   "Ece has been under funded for years so if we can let parents know what parties support their children's education and our sector specifically then why wouldn't we".

 

3. Diwali is in 4 weeks time

On 19th October it is Diwali - the Indian festival of lights. This celebration is a fun way to bring Indian music and culture to early childhood settings. We recommend an article by Karen Miller for great ideas on participation and activities.

Go to Karen's article

 

4.  Opening up about Teacher Bullying

An early childhood teacher, whose life and health, along with that of her family, was thrown into turmoil following bullying by her centre manager, is by no means alone. This case can teach us some important things and from it some hidden issues arise that we need to be aware of. 

> Go to the story and find out more 

 

5. Finding great staff without spending money on advertising

Are you planning to advertise for staff or having difficulty finding staff? Do you have no or very little budget to spend on advertising? Here are some solutions and various successful ways services find great staff without spending money, or very little money.

Find out more by clicking here for the article 

 

6. How an ECE service can raise more revenue and worry less about money

Money is important and unless as much or more money is coming in than is going out an early childhood service does not return a profit or may not have money to spend on the things it values for children.

The big question is how can you remain financially viable but not let the dollar worry and control you?    

Read more online

 

7. Sprucing up the old sandpit or creating a great new one

One of the best clues as to how great an early childhood centre is for children's children's social life, physical development, and maths and science learning is the quality of its sandpit.

How good is your sandpit?   

>  Pick up lots of great tips and proven ideas for sandpits and putting life into your old sandpit (ECE service members' article)

>  Teacher ideas for extending and developing sandpit play (information and discussion for all members)  

 

8.  How to find research on your topic 

Childforum receives many requests from many people who are seeking to know what research is available on a particular topic or who are embarking on a research paper or study. We can help, and will help members first before non-members, with ideas for readings and literature. But check out first the advice below on deciding on a topic and how to do an effective search (including some tricks for finding what you want)

> Learn more

 

9.  Safe from Abuse: A checklist for assessing if a service is likely to keep children safe from abuse

An early childhood service that safeguards children well will show the following 10 characteristics:

1. Children are listened to.

2. Parents, caregivers and grandparents are welcomed to drop in any time and make spontaneous or unannounced visits to see their children.

3. A child protection programme is provided as part of the curriculum including teaching children about safe and unsafe touching, the names of body parts, how to say “no”, to tell a trusted adult as soon as possible, and about why some secrets are not good secrets to keep.

4. All adults working at the service and involved in management are respectful to children as well as to each other.

5. ...

> Go to My ECE for full checklist by clicking here

  

10. Financial support available for qualified teachers to become fully certificated

The Education Council’s Induction and Mentoring scheme now offers financial support to all eligible, provisionally certificated teachers who are nearing the end of a second three-year provisional certification period. You are eligible if you are a teacher who does not have a suitable mentoring programme in place, and has provisional certification that expires within the next two years or has expired in the last six months, and is teaching at approximately 0.5FTTE (this can be accumulated across a number of settings). ECANZ are prioritising support for those provisionally certificated teachers who are working in locations where there is particular pressure on supply, but we are considering every case individually. To discuss further, email ECANZ directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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Short-term finance to early childhood groups including centres and home-based licensed services is available through NZ Childcare Finance. This can help ease and smooth your cashflow by bringing forward your next bulk funding payment. ChildForum members are welcome to contact Lena Thomson at NZ Childcare Finance personally.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to discuss your needs confidentially, priority service and a pre-approved loan card.

 

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