ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary Education

ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationLead advisor on early childhood care and education 
National membership 

Publisher of the New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Journal


Research invite

Two questions:

1. Do you sometimes or often like to read research articles on early childhood education?
Check out the many new articles. 
You are welcome to forward the notice below to your colleagues and any post-graduate students.

2. Are you doing some research yourself or with others? 
If you are, we suggest contacting a.s.a.p. the journal editor Dr Wendy Boyd and let her know you've got a paper ready or in planning for possible publication. Dr Boyd's email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   You may choose to submit your paper for the current general issue of the journal (papers on any topic related to early childhood education will be considered for the general issue).  Or, your paper may be suited for the new special issue on the theme of "Teaching in Early Childhood Settings"


Call for papers for the current general issue

The New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal is an academic journal that publishes research and theory relating to young children in the early years. "Early childhood education" in the journal title is defined as encompassing children's care, health, development and learning (provided in diverse settings and by a range of people including parents and professional teachers, etc). The deadline for submission of article manuscripts for the general issue is 12 August 2019. Find out more here.


NZ Int Reseach ECE journal picCall for papers for a special issue on "Teaching in Early Childhood Settings" 

For this special issue, high quality papers relating to "teaching in early childhood settings" are invited.

Teaching in the early years is a contested space, including defining what constitutes effective teaching, what must be taught, how, when and why.  So we welcome papers from different perspectives and on various aspects, including:    

  • Characteristics of quality teaching
  • Pedagogical approaches in early childhood teaching
  • Teaching different groups of children and interests/ abilities (e.g. boys, girls, infants, gifted and talented children, children who are migrants, etc.) 
  • Factors that affect teachers and their teaching
  • How teachers' experiences of teaching may be affected by their characteristics (e.g. age, gender, own childhood upbringing) 
  • Educational policy influences on teaching 
  • How aspects of the stated curriculum are reflected in teaching practices
  • Historical aspects of or changes in early childhood teaching.

Papers may take the following forms:

  • articles reporting original research
  • an in-depth critical analysis of research or theory
  • research notes
  • other paper types such as commentaries which are considered by the Editors on an individual basis.

Papers may report research and issues from any country providing the article focus and content is of international interest or has relevancy to the NZ early childhood context.

The word limit for articles is 5,000 words, excluding the list of references and any appendices.

For further information about the journal and instructions for manuscript preparation click here.  For information about the contents of past issues click here to go to our online journal page.

Please note that there is no charge for manuscript publication. All authors are supplied with 3 months free library member access to their own and the entire collection of NZIRECE journals and articles. In submitting an article to the NZIRECE journal the author(s) accepts that upon publication copyright of the article belongs to the journal. 

Key Dates and Deadlines

August 15th, 2019 – a draft abstract must be submitted. You will hear back by August 30th if your abstract has been accepted and a full paper is invited. 

December 1st, 2019 - first deadline for submission of manuscripts 

January 20th,  2019 - the latest that a full manuscript must be submitted by.

Abstract submission

Your abstract should include:

  • Title
  • Author/s and Affiliation/s
  • Abstract (up to 350 words)
  • The name and email address of the person to contact regarding the submission

Email the draft/ proposed abstract by 15th August to NZIRECE Journal Editor, Dr Wendy Boyd, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Membership Options


Who is this for?
Ideal for parents, students, teachers, researchers, teacher educators, policy analysts and children's specialists.
$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
or for students $60.00 short-term 6 month access.
Your own personal username and password.

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Who is this for?
A service that has licenced one or more ECE services with the Ministry of Education (including home-based, parent, and teacher-led).
Starting from $198.00. Provides 12 months membership from the date of joining.
A shared username and password for your service group.

NZ-International Research in
ECE Journal Subscription

Who is this for?
Libraries, universities, polytechnics and organisations wishing to have access to the NZIRECE published journal and its articles.
$150.00 annual renewable in November each year.
A username and password or IP address access.