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 April 2020

Being restricted from going to work or running a business is not the norm. The lockdown has not come without frustrations. For many also it has not come without pain. So, what are some of the things you can do to make life better during this trying time?

You can find out by going to the April ECE newspaper edition.

It can be downloaded and shared among your team (click here to read on screen or download to keep a copy for later).  Depending on the speed of your internet it may take a few seconds or a minute to download. 
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The stories included are:

  • Working from home: what can I do for my early childhood service?
  • Working from home: what can I do for my own professional development?
  • Mindfulness for children
  • Making pet rocks

The notices included are:

  • Would parents recommend your service? 
  • Wages and the need to continue to pay teachers at least at salary attestation rates or face loss of centre funding
  • Increase in the NZ minimum adult-wage from 1 April
  • WINZ childcare subsidy and increase in the subsidy rates
  • Looking after home-based educators and ethical financial arrangements
  • Funding at the higher ‘kindy’ rate for all teacher-led services
  • National review of ECE qualifications

Before the lockdown there were very serious concerns in the sector about the safety of continuing to operate while at Alert Level 2.

You can find the full report on ECE sector concerns and views on the ability to meet government recommendations here:  Early Childhood Education Sector Covid-19 report 

Thank you to every service and everyone who quickly gave feedback for the report, as there is now a valuable resource for decision-makers on what the picture is in ECE, fears, practicalities and realities. We don’t know yet what the operating environment will be when ECE services are permitted to re-open. It may or may not be the same as when we were at Alert Level 2 and we did the  Early Childhood Education Sector Covid-19 report Perhaps by the time ECE services re-open Covid-19 will be eliminated in NZ?  Perhaps a big difference will be that good border controls will be maintained? 

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Kind regards,


Dr Sarah Alexander
Chief Executive


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