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Early Childhood Alert No. 2, 2019

1. New Owners for NZ's largest home-based education agency

Think Uber for taxis. Netflix for Sky. Specsavers for optometrists. These are disruptors of existing industry structures. Is the same thing about to occur in early childhood education?

> To keep reading go to the news post in the discussion forum


2. National ECE Owners' Summit 2019

Traditionally held the day after government releases its annual Budget, the Summit is scheduled for Friday 31 May in Auckland (conveniently near the airport), to discuss the Budget 2019 among other things.  

It is a top level event for owners, managers and leaders of ECE services with prominent international and NZ speakers and experts.

Mark the date on your calendar.

An invitation to register and information will be sent out this coming Friday to people and organisations who have indicated an interest. To indicate your interest simply send us an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put 'request Summit details" in the subject line. 


3. Children's Day - 3rd March

It's on a Sunday so children don't get a day off to do what they want or take a break and stay home even though its their day.  But there are ways to bring Children's Day into your ECE service nevertheless.

> Some lovely tips for bringing children's day into your ECE service


4. NZ - China Relations

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is playing down any suggestions New Zealand's diplomatic relationship with China is on the rocks. The number of school enrolments by Chinese students has plunged by an estimated 20 to 30 per cent, with record numbers of last-minute cancellations.

But in early childhood education China-NZ relations are nothing but friendly

> This is why and what's been happening


5. Public funding available to open a new centre or expand a current service

TAP grants to meet up to the first $100,000 (gst excl.) costs for ECE providers


6. Fees and what families are paying for ECE

We are seeing more ECE services competing on fees and offering 'specials' to get children in the door.  So are ECE fees really increasing massively or is it that more families are using ECE and children are on average attending an ECE service for longer hours meaning that the costs of childcare for families are going up?  

> See fees article


7. Best accident and injury registrars to get

Early childhood services are wise to adopt for their own the accident and investigation template provided by Worksafe. Have it on your computer/ tablets for teachers to record electronically.

But if you want paper copy then use the Collins A4 Accident Injury Investigation Register Book NCR Duplicate. It includes an injury/incident and investigation flowchart that helps you develop controls, define trends and find ways to prevent similar events from happening. The core of the book contains an Accident Form and Investigation Form (used in conjunction with the Accident Form). No carbon is required and pages easily tear off.  The Register Book is available from bookstores.  The website offers an ECE version for under $20.00. 

Other information and resources you may find helpful

daily hazard checklist

electrical safety checklist

Supervising children and skills to check that teachers can demonstrate

Serious food-related choking incidents and how to reduce the risk of a child choking in ECE

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

Baby-proof your home - a guide for parents, caregivers and educators 


8. Early Childhood Service Excellence Awards  

What were the very best ECE centres and home-based services across NZ in 2018 is to be decided soon.

There is time if your service wishes to be a serious contender.

Tell your parents and families to go online to and add their review of your/ their child's service. To increase your service's rating at least 5 highly positive recent reviews are needed (or 10 for large services) 



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