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


Early Childhood Alert No 12, 2019


  1. A mum has used up her sick leave - asks for advice/ ideas 
  2. Father's Day and supporting children 
  3. More on ECE Teacher Pay - New article on the Exploitation of teachers
  4. Team reflection on key teaching/ primary caregiving practices
  5. Being an effective leader and learning to share the load
  6. Free access to ECE research
  7. Cost analysis of running a centre


1. A mum has used up her sick leave - asks for advice/ ideas 

SOS - A single mum with no family support is at her whits' end. She's already sneaked her son in once by giving him pamol and not telling the teachers, but felt bad about it. She said the problem is that she's already used up her sick leave entitlement at work for this year. And then yesterday her son came down sick again - - a tummy bug is going around the centre. She can't afford to pay fees when her son is off sick as she's not getting paid to stay home. 

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2.  Father's Day and supporting children 

Only a couple of weeks to go - start thinking now about about preparing for Father's Day.  Make use of the ideas and activities including gift making that early childhood educators have done with children for Father's Day (or who might be the special person in a child's life). 

Father's Day ECE celebration and activity guide


3. More on ECE Teacher Pay 

> New article on the "Exploitation of Teachers Working in Centres and Home-based ECE and What Can Be Done to End this"


4. Team reflection on key teaching/ primary caregiving practices 

Here are some useful articles your team can use - just login using your service's ECE service member login

Implementing primary caregiving at your service - How to do this effectively

What a Primary Caregiving System is in ECE and Q&A on Issues

Supporting Parent-Child Attachment: How to identify when there are attachment problems and strategies to help


5. Being an effective leader and learning to share the load

New information and support.

A key reason why the workload of a manager or leader can become unreasonable is that they can take on too much!

When a teacher takes on a management role a common mistake is to assume that the job consists of ensuring that they comply with regulatory and licensing requirements, health and safety and financial systems and neglect to consider the importance of mentoring and encouraging autonomy and responsibility within their team.

Keep reading and learn more


6. Free access to ECE Research

Free access for all members to research on a huge breadth of ECE topics by NZ and International researchers

> View the full list of research articles and past and current journal issues 


7.  Cost analysis of running an ECE centre

The cost analysis provided compares two sample budgets based on current funding and estimated fee rates as well as the minimum attestation rates for teachers’ salaries; it describes income and expenditure from both high- and low-income areas based.

 > Read more


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