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


Early Childhood Alert February 2020

In this newsletter

  1. List of ECE services that had licences downgraded or withdrawn in 2019
  2. Spending on the Government's Action Plan for ECE
  3. Hike in Teaching Council fees
  4. Coping on hot days  
  5. Children's Day activity ideas
  6. St Patrick's Day information to know and activity ideas
  7. Researchers - reminder about pending journal publication


1.  ECE services not meeting regulatory requirements

The list of services that had their licence downgraded or withdrawn due to non-compliance in 2019 has been released and is published on My ECE (click here to view the list)

There has been an increase in the number of services placed on a provisional licence. 

> See some discussion about the figures and monitoring


2.  How much money was spent on the (Slow) Action Plan aka Government's Strategic Plan for Early Learning?

Close to $200,000 was spent on external consultants.  Can you guess how much was spent on pens?

>  Go to news story  


3.  ECE teachers are made of money (not)

The pay many teachers earn in ECE is hardly enough for the time, effort and cost put into becoming and being a teacher. Pay rates set by the Ministry of Education for qualified and certificated teachers in non-kindergarten ECE centres are only $21.87 and $22.51 an hour, depending on the level of qualification. 

Now the Teaching Council is proposing to hike its fees to teachers so that it can fund the costs of meeting its statutory obligations to the Government
- $470 to apply for registration and a practising certificate
- $500 for a returning to teaching practising certificate after a break of 5 years
- up to $500 for renewal of a practising certificate.

Emotions are understandably running very high among teachers. They feel they are being treated very badly. For some this is the last straw in being underappreciated and undervalued.

How did this come about?

> Learn more 


4. Coping in the heat

Early childhood services face challenging conditions as temperatures soar in many parts of the country. Water use might be restricted too.

What are the issues?  What do the regulations say about temperature control?  What are some practical ways to keep children and adults cool within the ECE programme?

> Get information and tips for educators/ teachers, parents, and service providers here


5. Children's Day - 1st 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


6. St Patrick's Day - 17th March

Green is linked with nature and hope and on St Patrick’s Day people wear green and often wear badges or hats with shamrock symbols on them.

Another Irish tradition associated with St Patrick’s Day is the story of the Irish fairy or leprechaun.

Leprechauns look like small old men with a crooked hat and an apron. They are believed to be mischievous and pass their time making shoes. It is believed you can find a leprechaun by listening for the sound of their hammer and if you catch one they will lead you to a pot of gold.

You will need to be quick though, as leprechauns are said to disappear if you take your eyes off them !

> Get lots of lovely ideas in this article for ways to bring St Patrick's day into the ECE programme


7.  ECE Researchers

See the information on the new journal issue in progress.  If you have recently done research on Teaching in Early Childhood Settings, contact the NZ-International ECE Journal editor quickly regarding submission. Teaching in the early years is a contested space, including defining what constitutes effective teaching, what must be taught, how, when and why.  So papers from different perspectives and on various aspects are invited, 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.

> Go to Journal information here


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