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Early Childhood Alert No. 1, 2018

This week's newsletter has information and links to what you need to know about:

  1. New funding windfall for many early childhood services
  2. HELP - Latest questions and discussions 
  3. A Broken Promise – Where did the 20 free hours of early childhood education go?
  4. How much te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori is enough in one’s own practice or service’s programme
  5. Council and big development vs a small community centre
  6. Call for research papers for NZ-International Research in ECE Journal
  7. Incredible Years parents' courses in 2018
  8. Waitangi Day and Chinese New Year - Upcoming celebrations
  9. Quick 2 to 5 day police vetting of staff now available
  10. ECE Scholarships

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1. New funding windfall for many early childhood services

As a result of private information sharing between government departments early childhood services may find they are quite a bit richer come the first funding payment for 2018.

An estimated 33,000 children have been identified as being at educational risk and will generate extra revenue for the service they attend.

> Read more:  News story announcing Targeted Funding for Disadvantage

> Read more: How much a service can get in targeted funding and ways to capitalise on being a service eligible for this funding

> Read more:  Privacy risks and concerns

 

2. HELP - Latest questions and discussions

1. "Just out of interest is there any other centre out there that does not provide any carparking for parents/ whanau and centre staff?"
(Go to ChildForum's website and see the post on the ECE Service Discussion Area)

2.  "Seeking advice on the average amount of learning stories for a full timer/part timer per term?"
(Go to ChildForum's website and see the post on the All Members Discussion Area) 

 

3. A Broken Promise – Where did the 20 free hours of early childhood education go?

In practice 20 Hours 'free' has never really existed and services have experienced funding problems.

But wait is relief on the way? Check out the loopholes and discussion of whether Labour will be able to close these.

> Learn more and see comments

 

4. How much te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori is enough in one’s own practice or service’s programme?

A new article professional ECE teachers will love and want to discuss more with managers and colleagues by Ngaroma M Williams, Rikke Betts and Chrissy Williams 

Te reo Māori and bicultural practices in ECE

 

5. Council and big development vs a small community centre

Who cares if the drop zone outside kindy is not available to parents and if parking policy means 22 children at a centre are left with only 1 qualified teacher?

> See the teachers' letter to the editor

 

6. Call for research papers 

Manuscripts are 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. 

> Go to more information about the journal and making a submission

 

7. Incredible Years parents' courses in 2018

Who has had parents attending one of these courses or has personally attended? Let us know if you would continue to recommend the course. Incredible Years is a 14-session programme for parents of children aged 3 to 8 years. Parents are taught ways to help promote their children’s social and problem solving skills. Parents also learn what to do at home when children show challenging behaviours, such as aggressiveness and ongoing tantrums. 

> Read more

 

8. Events coming up to prepare for

Waitangi Day (6 Feb) - Activities and ideas for bringing the event into your planning and programme

Chinese New Year (16 Feb) - Year of the Dog

  

9. Quick 2 to 5 day police vetting of staff available 

An ECE service that needs to urgently recruit a person to work with children to maintain or increase staff ratios in a critical or crisis situation, such as to cover extreme staff sickness, can request an urgent police vet. 

> Learn more

  

10. ECE Scholarships

Applications for ECE training scholarships with TeachNZ close on 23rd Feb 2018

Applications for Men in ECE scholarships are open - applications can be made to ChildForum or find out more from EC-Menz

 

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