The Early Childhood Alert shares member-only information with you, and will let you know of articles and resources that may be of interest. Each week, we will also separately send out a 'quick notices' newsletter.
- Giving you access to research and theory
- It's birthday season - officially! See baby name information and what you need to know about celebrating with birthday cakes (or not) in ECE services
- Managing your team and fostering teamwork
- What type of nappies are best? And, who can change nappies?
- Power cuts - policy for preparing in the event of a power cut and requirements to follow if there is no electricity
- Grief - responding to a grieving child and questions about death and dying
1. Giving you access to research and theory
There is now a new page on our website listing all articles and volumes of the NZ-International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal. There are scholarly articles on just about every topic imaginable. Take a look. You can find it by clicking on this link NZIRECE. If you know someone who is interested in reading, using, or doing research, then this page will be very useful to them.
2. It's birthday season - officially!
29 September is the most common birthday in NZ, according to Stats NZ. The 10 most common birthdays are within the 13 day period from 22 September to 4 October.
We have articles for you on:
> Baby names - lists of the most common girl and boy names each year, and uncommon and unusual names
> Birthday cakes - this looks at questions such as should these be allowed in ECE services, how to manage if there are multiple children with birthdays, alternatives to cakes and why and why not
> Planning a child's birthday - ideas for themes for under 5s, and top tips for a fun, and child-appropriate safe birthday party at home, or at the ECE service.
3. Managing your team and fostering teamwork
Building a highly functioning team is no easy task and possibly the most challenging. As people’s personalities, motivations and working styles are so different there is huge potential for disagreement and conflict. The way that the employer, manager and staff work together has a huge influence on the success of the service and also on children, as positive social interactions are modelled. Here we look at:
- Developing a team contract or treaty
- Team meetings
- Inclusion of staff and volunteers who are not full time
- Working with staff with disabilities
- Team PLD (Professional learning and development)
- Distributed leadership
- Ways to best motivate and support your team
This information is available exclusively for our ECE service members, click here to go to the Employer's Guide
4. What type of nappies are best? And, who can change nappies?
Who can change nappies? If an employee is told they can't do an aspect of their job on the grounds of gender - this needs to be reported to the Human Rights Commission.
Changing the nappies of other people’s children is something that few people, men or women, usually rush to do. And nappy changing is commonly viewed as a woman’s task anyway so we shouldn’t worry if men do it or not. Or should we?
5. Power cuts - in the event of a power cut and health and safety if there is no electricity
6. Grief - responding to a grieving child and questions about death and dying
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