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Early Childhood Alert No. 22, 2017

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If you missed last week's newsletter, it contained information on teacher pay,  necessity of term breaks, performance record of the new Minister of Education in opposition, sandpit health and safety, sunhat best practices, children's behavioural disorders, no cost ways of setting up an excellent teacher registration/ certification folder, and more.  

Top topics:  

  1. Parent Survey for ECE Services - This has been hugely subscribed to by services wanting it done quickly, efficiently and well for current families before the end of the year
  2. Child death and serious injury in early childhood education 
  3. Responding to family ethnic, religious and cultural diversity
  4. Christmas planning
  5. Asian families and partnerships in ECE
  6. Migrants and bargaining over ECE fees
  7. Supervision skills teachers should have
  8. ECE Safety Checklists and guidance
  9. Code of Conduct for ECE Services
  10. Sun protection songs, rhymes and activities

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1. Parent Survey for ECE Services 

Independently carried out for you.  Expert design, trialled, and well-tested throughout NZ home-based and early childhood centres.  Confidential results report provided.  At no cost for first service for all ChildForum ECE members - small charge for non-members. 

> Go to forms now 


2.  Child death and serious injury in early childhood education 

The nothing can go wrong attitude
It was an unavoidable accident 
Leave for tomorrow what needs to be done today 
What good are regulations and health and safety requirements in early childhood education if not adhered to? 
ERO’s and the Ministry of Education’s role in protecting and looking out for children’s welfare and safety
The public / taxpayer pays
Early Childhood Council centre revelations 
Rubs salt into the wound
Workers hit hardest
In the interests of children and our early childhood education sector

> Learn more


3. Responding to family ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in celebrations

Why are some religious beliefs and cultural celebrations recognised in an early childhood service and others not?   

“I know of a service with a significant number of Asian migrant or refugee families and a small number of refugee Muslim families. Chinese New Year is celebrated and Diwali the Hindu festival of lights, and at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim families invite all the other families to join with them to celebrate with specially prepared food, the end of the fasting period. This sharing of celebrations is appreciated by all the families, children and staff and they enjoy learning about different traditions”.

Though if educators think that the diversity in beliefs within an early childhood service community makes it too difficult to celebrate every one's special days this is what they do ...

 > Cultural and religious diversity


4. Christmas planning

Christmas is approaching and the shopping malls etc are already getting ready. 

> Lots of good ECE ideas, tips and info for Christmas preparation and curriculum planning


5.  Asian families

The growing number of Asian children entering the New Zealand early childhood education system means that teachers cannot ignore the need to develop an understanding of Asian cultures and practices that support working collaboratively with Asian families. This paper examines the views of a small number of Asian immigrant parents and New Zealand early childhood teachers about parent-teacher partnerships in children’s early education and care. The findings point to challenges for both parents and teachers. The paper highlights some major problems or barriers to the achievement of effective partnerships between Asian immigrant parents and New Zealand early childhood teachers, namely parental and teacher confidence, time, and willingness or perception of need to develop a partnership. 

> Paper by Karen Guo


6.  Migrants and bargaining over ECE fees

Are you cautious when increasing fees or other charges because of how parents from different cultures may react? Do you find some parents who are used to bargaining in their own countries are less accepting of price increases and accepting set prices?  New Zealand is a nation with a large proportion of people born overseas and while we tend to be welcoming to migrants there is an expectation that they will leave their baggage at the door and adapt their behaviour to Kiwi norms.

> See discussion and information for ECE Services


7. The supervision skills teachers should be able to show and strategies they need to use for safe supervision

Supervision of children in ECE


8. ECE Safety Checklists and guidance

> ECE daily hazard checklist

> ECE electrical safety checklist

> How to reduce the risk of a child choking on food in the ECE environment

> SIDS and infant sleep practices and policies for centres and Home-based ECE

> Child-proofing homes in NZ - a guide for parents, caregivers and educators


9. Code of Ethical Conduct for ECE Services 

  Implemented by ECE services to show parents that they are very serious about acting ethically, openly, and doing the very best possible for children, families and their community


10. Sun protection songs, rhymes and activities 

All you need for ideas and inspiration and making learning about sun protection fun and memorable


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