Happy holidays and very best wishes for 2020!
- Funding parity with 'free' kindergartens for all teacher-led ECE services
- Drugs, alcohol and an ECE service's legal obligations
- Have you done some good early childhood research recently?
- 'tis the season for vandalism and burglary
- Overseas teachers are officially favoured in ECE over local teachers
- The excitement about the 10-Year Strategic Plan aka Non-Action Plan
- Carrying over holiday leave and cashing up
- Parent and family exit form and leaving process
- Changing all or part of a child's free 20 hours temporarily to another ECE service
- Ask a question or share a problem
- Children's safety around water
- Differences in family cultural and religious values and responding to diversity
- Great ECE gift ideas for under-5s
- Give your colleague or ECE service a gift of a 12-month ChildForum membership
1. Funding parity with 'free kindergartens' for all teacher-led services
2. Drugs, alcohol and an ECE service's legal obligations
Remember under the licensing criteria that it is a legal requirement that "No person on the premises uses, or is under the influence of, alcohol or any other substance that has a detrimental effect on their functioning or behaviour during the service's hours of operation." This includes parents, visitors, teachers, managers and owners.
The Teaching Council definition of serious misconduct of a certificated teacher that must be reported to it, "is that an employer suspects on reasonable grounds that a teacher has engaged in the or use of controlled drugs".
Ensure there is no alcohol left or stored on the premises. Children might access it. And check there's no alcohol in the hand sanitiser - remember the 2014 case of a child at a centre who got drunk on it without staff knowing. Another learning from the case is to keep a close eye on children at all times and ensure there is good supervision.
3. Have you done some good early childhood research recently?
Write it up over the holiday break and submit it for consideration for publication in the International-NZ Research in ECE Journal. Editor Dr Wendy Boyd welcomes new submissions.
4. 'tis the season for vandalism and burglary
Thefts, especially of outdoor play equipment, from early childhood services often occur over the Christmas period and the risk of vandalism to property increases when services are closed.
- Put into locked storage what can be moved and stored
- Invest in some outdoor security cameras
- Be friendly with neighbours and enlist their support to report any suspicious behaviour
- Make sure a proper playground safety check is carried out every morning before children arrive. Use the hazard identification and safety management checklist (get copies here) and ensure you keep copies to show that checks were performed.
5. Overseas teachers are officially favoured in ECE over local teachers
That the House of Representatives urge the Ministry of Education to ensure pay parity with primary teachers for all Early Childhood Education Teachers working in any licensed publicly funded provider, and note that 15,280 people have signed an online petition in support of this.
???????? Huge thanks to everyone who got behind the petition and to every person who signed it
On 4 December 2019, Auckland teacher James Lochead-MacMillan presented the petition to Nicola Willis, MP on the steps of Parliament. Also attending were Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick and Hon Nikki Kaye along with the Pay Parity Campaign team (Dr Sarah Alexander, Karen Girvan, David Haynes, Bethany O'Hagan) and supporters.
And it is official - the petition has been accepted by the House of Representatives and referred to the Education and Workforce Select Committee!
ChildForum chief executive Dr Sarah Alexander said that in the history of ECE this will come to be recognised as a highly significant event.
7. The excitement about the 10-Year Strategic Plan aka Non-Action Plan
It's taken 2 years and it seems like little will change in any hurry. Chris Hipkins confirmed that promoting participation by getting children to spend more hours in a day in ECE continued to be a key goal: “More children attending early learning for longer hours is encouraging.” There is no funding provided for implementation of the Plan. Implementation will depend on Cabinet agreement and approval of spending on each bit of the Plan. Expect to see more public consultation before any changes, especially to regulations are made.
8. Carrying over holiday leave and cashing up
9. Parent and family exit form and leaving process tips for acknowledging the child and family
10. Changing all or part of a child's free 20 hours temporarily to another ECE service
Perhaps a child will be attending a service over the holiday period or temporarily moving to another town.
11. Ask a question, share a problem or contribute a comment article
Questions, problems and comments can be posted in the discussion forum. Here is the online link: https://www.childforum.com/forum/index.html
12. Children's safely around water
Under-5s are at greatest risk of drowning. Here is a quick read article to share with parents and colleagues to help to keep your children safe over summer
13. Differences in family cultural and religious values and responding to diversity
Not every family may believe in or want their child to participate in Christmas celebrations. Why are some religious beliefs and cultural celebrations recognised in an early childhood service and others not?
14. Great ECE Gift ideas for Under-5s
It's easy to forget that sometimes the best presents for children don't cost a lot of money.
15. Give your colleague or ECE service a gift of a 12 month ChildForum membership
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