The purpose of the Early Childhood Alert newsletter is to let you know of new and topical/ timely articles and resources that may be of interest.
- Taking children out on trips
- The Staff Wages and Benefits Guide
- Foster an orphan lamb
- Events: Guy Fawkes, Halloween, Diwali
- Shade provision for children and adults
- Should we be telling parents only what they want to hear?
- Non-contact time: Entitlements, how much teaching staff can need and why
- Job interview questions and preparation for applicants
- Science exploration - for every child
- Children have been fainting from hunger at centres
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1. Taking children out on trips
Have you considered any of the following? Tap on the trip ideas to read more
2. The Staff Wages and Benefits (2020 - 2021) guide
This Guide is for employers and available for ECE service members. It can be found at this link: Wages and Employee Benefits Guide
You can see if you are paying enough, about right, or too much. This guide helps you to make informed remuneration decisions. In the guide you will find:
- Discussion of pressure on wage rates since the start of 2020
- Average rates of pay received by staff working for the big players (e.g. Provincial, Evolve, Kindercare, BestStart, Rainbow Group/PORSE, Barnardos). Average rates of pay in other private centres, community-based centres, and home-based.
- In different regions
- For different teaching staff in different positions
- By qualification level and years of experience.
- Wage rates that will make your service competitive with kindergartens and schools for qualified and certificated teachers.
- Employee benefits: The most common benefits provided by ECE employers, the most unusual (and even whacky) benefits, and staff views about various benefits.
3. Foster an orphan lamb
A lamb is gentle. A lamb gives children a responsibility to learn to nurture. Lambs attract cuddles. They will need to be fed regularly from a bottle.
A pet lamb can even encourage children who spend most of their time indoors to go outdoors. They (lambs and children) will love to run and skip around together. A lamb is a new playmate and a friend that will love a child unconditionally. Who can't see the benefits of caring for an orphan lamb! Find out more.
4. Events: Guy Fawkes, Halloween, Diwali
Of the three events, Diwali is the one that more ECEs in NZ are bringing into their programmes. Halloween is gaining popularity but needs to be non-scary and fun for children e.g. dress-ups, disco, and light parties.
Learn more by going to these articles:
Diwali or Deepavali - the 'Festival of Lights' - this is a brilliant article with lots of information and ECE teaching ideas! Diwali or Deepavali - the 'Festival of Lights' - this is a brilliant article with lots of information and ECE teaching ideas!
5. Shade provision
Flexibility for children's outdoor play is maximised in summer when there are a variety of well-designed spaces for children's play, sufficient natural and built shade is provided, and the risk of sunburn is reduced.
This article provides tips and recommendations for creating and maintaining effective and acceptable natural shade and built shade structures. Also, attention is drawn to potential problems such as tree branches breaking on children, vandalism, etc, and what you might do to limit such problems. This is an ECE Service member only article. Learn more.
6. Should we be telling parents what they want to hear about their child? Or should we tell them the truth?
Why would home-educators, child carers and teachers bend the truth and give parents glossed over information about how their child is going?
This is a thought-provoking article. It's a good one to use for self-reflection and review. Or use as a topic of discussion and learning at your next team meeting. Find the article here.
7. Non-contact time: Entitlements, how much teaching staff can need and why
What you need to know about non-contact time, perspectives on this, and more. Go to the information here.
8. Job interview questions and preparation for applicants
This article covers: what checks are likely to be done, questions likely to be asked at the interview, questions you might ask, tips for preparing (e.g. what to wear), and things you can do to really impress the people interviewing you. Learn about job interview prep
9. Science exploration - for every child (A research paper)
Because of the curiosity children display towards their own world, early childhood educators often do not realise that children are exhibiting science learning. Content or knowledge development is most easily recognised in terms of learning relating to biological, physical, chemical or Earth sciences. Science skills exhibited by young children include: observing, sorting and classifying, raising questions, predicting and hypothesising, measuring, interpreting, recording and communicating, using appropriate tools, and inferring. Many of these skills are common to a number of areas, such that an educator may not recognise the science within a child’s exploration or inquiry. Language such as inquiry, investigation, exploration are words which trigger recognition of a science learning activity. Keep reading the research paper by Coral Campbell here.
10. Children have been fainting from hunger at centres
Have you seen the latest ECE Now newsletter? Dr Sarah shares her views on various current issues. She included the following question which we are reprinting here in case you missed the newsletter.
"The above heading was the opening statement of a newspaper article. It leads me to wonder what is the role of the early childhood service today? Back in the day it was to care for children, including feeding them. I believe this should still be the case.
I'm keen to get your views. Is there a place for charities, like KidsCan, to provide lunch for children whilst attending ECE?
Or, should the duty of care remain squarely with the ECE service?"
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