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Early Childhood Alert No. 20, 2017 (General edition)

This is a special general edition for people interested or involved in early childhood education and care

But if you or members of your team are also interested in

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What's topical:  

  1. Upcoming celebrations and community events
  2. Being Safe in the Sun - activities and songs to introduce now in Term 4
  3. Kindergarten managers pay rise - excessive? 
  4. Working under crap conditions and pay
  5. Death of a pet
  6. Why would you want to do further study once you have obtained a qualification?

  7. Children's books and pre-reading skills 

For news items and many more articles go direct to our early childhood education website.


1.  Upcoming celebrations and community events

For cool early childhood activities and teaching ideas go to the following:

Diwali (19th October)

Halloween (31st October)

Guy Fawkes (5th November)


2.  Being Safe in the Sun - activities and songs to introduce now in Term 4

Lots of easy to implement ideas for teaching and learning about sun protection and being safe in the sun are provided in this article.

We discuss the value of capturing teachable moments and also that you can hold planned discussions on particular sun safety topics.

Then ideas are given for conversations you can have with infants, toddlers and young children during caregiving routines, such as nappy changing times and lunch times.

Some science investigations that children really enjoy and learn from are outlined.

Ideas for art and craft activities, drama activities including pretend play, group games, along with a sample of suitably themed songs, rhymes and poems are provided here also.

>  Go to early childhood resource 


3. Kindergarten managers pay rise - excessive? 

Ought you know what ends up in the pockets of kindergarten senior managers if you are a parent of young children who has sacrificed time to help with fundraising, or perhaps donated goods or services, paid fees and other charges, and/or contributed to funding the organisation as a taxpayer?

Do not teachers have a right to know if the pay of senior managers is increasing in line with their pay increases – or increasing at a much higher rate?

An 18% increase in spending on 9 senior managers at the Auckland Kindergarten Association. Can this be justified when teachers don't get such an increase, when parents are being told the Association is poor and must make big changes to secure its financial future, and when teachers are losing non-contact time and term breaks?

 > Read more and add your view


4. Working under crap conditions and pay

More people are working as contractors in the ECE sector, with home-based being the main user of contractors. Sometimes educators in such a position may be exploited.

See this educator's story and her request for advice and suggestions on coping and what to do


5. Death of a pet

How to help a child affected by the death of a pet at home or at your early childhood service

Go to article

> See also regulations on having animals/ pets at an ECE service


6. Why would you want to do further study once you have obtained a qualification?

How many times have you thought you really would like to do something more than what you are doing – but people mock your ambition or it just seems too hard to try?

> Go to this thoughtful and helpful personal perspective article


7.  Children's picture and reading books 

Books children prefer

Books are commonly chosen for children - but we can learn a lot about what children like best by letting children make their choices

> Research on the types of books children prefer 


The pre-reading skills ECE teachers and parents can help children to have before they start school

There is an expectation mainly by parents that their child will automatically start to read in the first few weeks of school. This doesn't always happen as not all children are ready to start reading when they go to school. Some children have to be systematically taught pre-reading skills at school before they begin to read. 

There are many simple activities that parents and children can do together. And there are many ways early childhood educators can support the acquisition of pre reading skills too.  

> Learn more


Purchasing new books 

Build up your children's book collection or give to children as leaving presents, birthday or Christmas gifts - low-cost, educational and attractive books are available at 15% discount to our ChildForum members.

> Learn more about what's on offer at the Children's Books NZ website 



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