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Early Childhood Alert No. 23, 2017

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Top topics:  

  1. Research articles - 2018 early publication
  2. Call for Papers 
  3. Is it wrong if a teacher tells the truth about Santa being not real?
  4. Non-contact time
  5. Equity funding and its use and abuse 
  6. NZ ECE Scholarships and financial help for students in 2018
  7. Serious outcomes of kindergarten changes for children
  8. Minimum ratios and unqualified teachers 
  9. Christmas planning
  10. Responding to family ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in celebrations
  11. Swimming and teaching confidence in water
  12. Gifts appropriate to give and loved by toddlers and preschoolers

For more news items and more than a thousand ECE articles go direct to our early childhood education website. 

 

1.  New research articles

The first 2018 issue of the NZ-International Research in ECE Journal has been released.  See this on the ChildForum website, or click on the papers below to view. 

Watson, N.. (2018). Can early years’ practitioners facilitate social development during conflicts between young children?. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21(1), 17–34. Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2018-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1562-social-development-and-conflicts-between-children.html

Wishart, L. (2018). Early childhood educator perceptions of children’s physical activity and the outdoors. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21(1), 1–16. Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2018-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1557-educator-perceptions-of-childrens-physical-activity-outdoors-natural-environment.html

Kinkead-Clark, Z. (2018). Where are the men in Jamaica’s early childhood classrooms? The experiences of those who choose to teach young children. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21(1), 35 - 46. Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2018-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1563-young-children-men-teachers-jamaica.html

Tyler, J., Davies, M. & Bennett, B. (2018). Increasing early childhood education enrolment and attendance rates in South Auckland, New Zealand. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21(1), 100–111. Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2018-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1569-early-childhood-attendance-enrolment.html 

Zhang, Q. (2018). Delineating and reconciling various perspectives on quality in New Zealand early childhood services. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21(1), 76 - 87.  Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2018-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1566-reconciling-perspectives-on-quality.html

Boereboom, J. & Cramman, H. (2018). Primary school entry assessment in New Zealand. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21(1), 47 - 61.  Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2018-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1564-primary-school-entry-assessment-in-new-zealand.html

Postlewaight, G. (2018). Effective transition to school: Integrating philosophy, pedagogy and curriculum. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21(1), 62 - 75.  Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2018-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1565-transition-to-school-integrating-philosophy-pedagogy-and-curriculum.html 

Costales, G.S. and Anderson, R. (2018). Preschool teachers’ and parents’ perspectives on primary school preparation in Singapore. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21(1), 88 - 99.  Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2018-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1567-teacher-parent-views-prepare-children-school.html 

 

2. Call for Papers 

Manuscripts are now being invited to be submitted for consideration for publication in the next issue of the New Zealand International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal. Submissions must be received before or by 5 February, 2018. Should you need an extension of time please contact the Editor, Dr Wendy Boyd, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The journal publishes research results, critiques, methodological papers and theoretical articles relating to children’s education, wellbeing and care in the early years (from conception and up to eight years of age).

Research relating to teaching and learning, pedagogical approaches, early intervention, parenting, child health, child safety, child development, and teacher/parent education are particularly welcome.

Papers examining a research method, an aspect of methodology, or contributing to the development of theory are also invited.

>  Read more 

 

3. Is it wrong if a teacher tells the truth about Santa being not real?

Perhaps Santa is real?  Should a teacher lie? Should it be left up to children to learn about Santa on their own?  What if a child tells other children? Is up to the parents? - many people think so.

> Take a look at the interesting ChildForum facebook page discussion on this 

 

4. Non-contact time

How much non-contact time do NZ early childhood teachers get?  Why is non-contact time important? What are teachers expected to use the time for?  Learn about entitlements/ rights, expectations, and uses of non-contact time. This article includes discussion of employment contracts, home-based and centre perspectives on non-contact time, and how teachers and educators can experience it. 

> Go to more 

 

5. Equity funding and its use and abuse 

Is equity funding the best use of taxpayer money?  A look at how it is reaching the children that need it in ECE. Different ways that the funding might be spent by services. Ministry of Education requirements for reporting spending. How both services and umbrella organisations may exploit the funding, with potential for providers should they choose not to use it for equity for disadvantaged and vulnerable children to keep thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars for purposes such as growing their bank balance or business.

Learn more and add your questions and comments

 

6. NZ ECE Scholarships and financial help for students in 2018

> Scholarship and grant information 

  

7.  Serious outcomes of kindergarten changes

When an ECE provider makes operational changes without taking into account children's needs and child development and education research - the effects on children can be terrible.

> Read more

 

8. Minimum ratios and unqualified teachers 

"Staff burnout is what happens when you don’t have enough resources to do the job at hand. And it’s not just burnout which is the issue here, children are also missing out. The resources I’m referring to are not digital devices, books or even crayons – it is teachers." 

Discussion article 

 

9. Christmas planning

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

 

10. 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?   

 > Cultural and religious diversity and how to support this

 

11. Swimming and teaching confidence in water

Providing opportunities for children to discover water at their local pool and learn water safety skills

 

12. Gifts appropriate to give and loved by toddlers and preschoolers

It's easy to forget that sometimes the best presents for children don't cost a lot of money. 

> Our article looking at early childhood appropriate educational and fun presents and gifts

  

 

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