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Early Childhood Alert No 14, 2019

Contents

  1. Ministry of Education advisers to Chris Hipkins would benefit from reading this post and the comments people have added to it
  2. Health immunisation regulations (staff and children), ECE service record keeping, privacy and discussion on keeping children safe
  3. Vaccination requirements and the updated National Immunisation Schedule to Age 5
  4. Should we, or should we not, support calls to ban children from ECE if they are not vaccinated?
  5. Sandpit make-overs
  6. Relievers and about relieving work 
  7. Voluntary workers in ECE
  8. Survival tips for beginning male teachers 
  9. Prosecution of an ECE Service for H&S and the issues remaining 
  10. New Research: Did you know that rhizomatic thinking occurs naturally within children’s playful encounters? A challenge to early childhood educators to engage with children's knowledge differently

 

1. Ministry of Education advisers to Chris Hipkins would benefit from reading this post and the comments people have added to it

“Why would you need a $4 million package of initiatives to bring in foreign labour and pay relocation costs if all our teachers in early childhood education were happy, well paid, not getting injured, not being bullied, not over-worked and often taken for granted? 😢😢
The current workforce has not been well looked after and we have lost so many good teachers. 
The Govt has found $4 million to spend on a package to attract people into ECE teaching. 
Additionally, discretionary hours for funding when a teacher is absent and a reliever who has a practising certificate can't be found will be increased from 40 to 60 hours - sorry to teachers who have left full-time work to earn a bit more by becoming a reliever - demand for you may drop as allowance to have unqualified people in teaching positions grows”

Go to this post and see all the comments

 

2. Immunisation Regulations for children and staff, ECE service record keeping, privacy and discussion on keeping children safe

Information for ECE service managers on:

  • Immunisation Certificates
  • Keeping an immunisation register
  • Can a parent or caregiver refuse to provide information regarding immunisation status?
  • Can a teacher or staff member refuse to provide information to the ECE service manager regarding immunisation status?
  • Excluding children - policy and practice
  • Confidentiality
  • Staff immunisation register - should your service have one?
  • Further articles and resources

> Go to the full information and advice for ECE service members

 

3. Vaccination requirements and the updated National Immunisation Schedule to Age 5

Information for all parent, teacher, researcher, policy, and ECE service members on:

  1. Vaccination availability
  2. Safety
  3. Attending an Early Childhood Service and Starting School
  4. The Immunisation Debate
  5. Children with Immune Deficiencies
  6. Flu Vaccine for Children at Increased Risk of Infection
  7. Vaccination Timing
  8. The NZ National Immunisation Schedule to Age 5 years and the Diseases Covered (applies from 1 July 2019)
  9. Do caregivers/parents have a legal obligation to vaccinate their children before attending an early childhood service in NZ and can an ECE service turn a non-vaccinated child away? 

 > Go to this information and advice here

 

4. Should we, or should we not, support calls to ban children from ECE if they are not vaccinated?

Read about and listen to the audio on discussion of this topic in NZ, around the same time that Australia was considering make vaccination compulsory for all children before attending ECE.

> Go to more here

 

5. Sandpit make-overs

Is the sandpit at your place looking tired? 

Is it not used as much as it should be for growing children's learning? 

Do you have a problem with animals getting into it or bugs? 

Would you like ideas for designs and to improve the sandpit before summer comes?

See this member article for teachers and parents, and then go to the links for articles for ECE service managers

 

6. Relievers and about relieving work

Employer information

  • Where can I get a reliever?
  • How much do relievers usually cost?
  • What sort of teaching quality should I expect from a reliever?
  • Can I choose my reliever?
  • What if the reliever is not very good?
  • Helpful resources

 > Learn more in this ECE Service Member article

 

If you are teacher who is thinking of resigning and becoming a reliever

  • Reasons for becoming a reliever
  • How to sign up for external relieving agencies
  • Other ways to become a reliever
  • What is it like being a reliever?
  • Can you still do assessments and other documentation?
  • Can you maintain full teacher certification if you are a reliever?

> Go to this information for individual members and teachers

 

7. Voluntary workers in ECE

There are many examples in the early childhood sector of different ways employers may rely on free labour. and there are many reasons why a teacher-led early childhood service would accept a volunteer or ask a person to work without pay

  • Some employers are just nice people wanting to help out a student needing a ‘home’ centre to be accepted into a training course.
  • Employers may be happy to help a person gain on-the-job experience and a reference or give them some additional 'unpaid' hours of regular work to maintain their full practising certificate.
  • An employer could be cash-strapped and this is most often the case for small owner-operator services and community-based charitable services.
  • The employer may be focused on making a profit and freebie labour helps them to achieve greater returns.
  • Or, the employer and the volunteer might not know employment law and Ministry of Education funding claim requirements sufficiently well to be aware of rights, entitlements and risks.

> Here is important information you need to know about rights, employment law, and Ministry of Education funding

 

8. Survival tips for beginning male teachers 

 "I am a beginning teacher. Any tips on how I can survive and not let the glances, laughs, the inquisitorial questions, and the sexist assumptions about my competency because of who I am as a male affect me?"

> Read more

 

9. Prosecution of an ECE Service for H&S and the issues remaining 

A tree fell on children in an early childhood centre and for the first time ever Worksafe has just successfully prosecuted an ECE service. 

No child died, four were injured and one adult, but this raises the question as to why a prosecution in this instance and not for other very serious events.
Find out here:

  • What the reasons were.
  • Other issues, including endorsement by an early childhood business council lobby group of a service with a poor history of compliance  - many of the service's centre licences have been downgraded by the Ministry of Education and often several times.
  • As a service provider or as someone working in the sector find out here what the important take-home messages from this are
  • There are also links to other good articles and resources you could make use of 

 Go to the new story here 

 

10. New Research: Did you know that rhizomatic thinking occurs naturally within children’s playful encounters? A challenge to early childhood educators to engage with children's knowledge differently

A new research paper has been published in the NZ-International Research Journal:  "SHOULD WE CONSIDER RHIZOMATIC THINKING WHEN EDUCATING YOUNG MINDS?" by Johanna Cliffe and Carla Solvason 

Abstract:  There is a tacit understanding within early years education that children’s thinking should be understood and nurtured in order to produce adaptive and innovative learners. Traditional epistemological approaches do not go far enough in understanding, responding to and planning for children’s complexity of thought. We propose and justify that an awareness of rhizoanalysis could enable practitioners to engage with children’s knowledge differently, through asking questions such as: how does this work? And what new thought does this make it possible to think? Not only does rhizomatic thinking occur naturally within children’s playful encounters but having an awareness of rhizoanalysis, provides educators with opportunities to understand and re-conceptualise children’s thinking and cognitive development.

> Read more

  

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