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


This week's quick notices

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In this newsletter

  • "Is our publicly funded ECE good enough for children?"
  • Tenders
  • Work wanted and featured job ads
  • COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme


New Report - "Is our publicly funded ECE good enough for children?" 

What did more than 4,000 teaching staff say about how things are for children in ECE services?

Do teaching staff have time to get to know the children in their care? 

Are all teacher-led centres meeting regulations for adult-child ratios?

And what's this about teaching staff in teacher-led centres being required to do the work of a professional cleaner when they are counted in the adult-child ratio?  Is that safe for children?

Read more here.  or go to: 



The Ministry requires NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) approved providers to deliver the NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) qualification for home-based educators not eligible for no-fees tertiary provision. It is anticipated that there may be several successful providers who are awarded a contract as a result of this tender. This initiative is in addition to Student Achievement Component funding, it does not replace this funding stream.  This tender closes on Monday, 7 December 2020 10:00am. For more information go to the GETS website.


Job ads

Work wanted in Wellington
Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know if your service is in Wellington, you run a service that is high quality for children, you value your teaching staff, and you will be looking for a new staff member soon.  There are a couple of ECE qualified and certificated teachers who will be available for a permanent position in Wellington soon. 


Featured positions this week are: 

2 Qualified ECE Teachers needed in Whangarei
We are looking for two Registered ECE teachers for a family run, community-focused, environmentally sustainable centre in Kamo, Whangarei. One, to join our over 2s team where we are licenced for 30 children. We are looking for someone who is passionate about children’s learning, self-motivated, has good time management skills and has initiative. The other one is for our new under 2s team, where we will be licensed for only 10 children. We are looking for someone who has current work experience with under 2s and is motivated as this will be a small team of three. Both positions are full time, permanent positions and will start early in 2021. Find out more, see the full job advert here.

Home-based educator roles in Christchurch
Qualified Teachers and Educators, you are invited to join our team of Educators in the Christchurch area. We are accessible, inclusive and welcoming. We take a positive view of our world and create happy environments. We aim to form real relationship and connections with our educators and families. We are there and we are involved, not on the side-lines observing. Come join our team today! Read more here.

Educators wanted in the Queenstown Lakes District
You can expect to spend your days engaged in learning and having fun working alongside infants, toddlers and young children. Design your own early childhood programme based on the NZ Curriculum, Te Whariki.  First Aid Training. Work from your own home, set your own hours and days. Tax Benefits.  Find out more by going to the full advert here


COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

Don't forget that this scheme is available.

For employees (or self-employed persons) who either:

  • are sick with COVID-19 and must self-isolate until a doctor tells them they can leave isolation
  • are identified as someone who has or may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 and must self-isolate for a period, for example: a close contact who has been told to self-isolate by a health official through the contact tracing process,
  • someone with COVID-like symptoms who meets the Ministry of Health's Higher Index of Suspicion criteria and has been told by a doctor to self-isolate, or
  • casual contacts who have been told to self-isolate by a health official through the contact tracing process
  • are the parent or caregiver of a dependant who has been told to self-isolate for a period and the dependant needs support to do so safely
  • are sick with COVID-like symptoms and been told to self-isolate while awaiting a test or test result, and work in a health and disability facility or service that gets funding from: a District Health Board,
    the Ministry of Health, or the Ministry of Social Development
  • a doctor has told them to self-isolate while there's active community transmission, or
  • have household members who a doctor has told them to self-isolate while there's active community transmission.

You can find full information on the WINZ website here


If you missed the last Early Childhood Alert full newsletter you can find a copy here.  Contents included:  

  1. Taking children out on trips
  2. The Staff Wages and Benefits Guide
  3. Foster an orphan lamb
  4. Shade provision for children and adults 
  5. Should we be telling parents only what they want to hear?
  6. Non-contact time:  Entitlements, how much teaching staff can need and why
  7. Job interview questions and preparation for applicants
  8. Science exploration - for every child
  9. Children have been fainting from hunger at centres


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Who is this for?
Ideal for parents, students, teachers, researchers, teacher educators, policy analysts and children's specialists.
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Who is this for?
A service that has licenced one or more ECE services with the Ministry of Education (including home-based, parent, and teacher-led).
Starting from $198.00. Provides 12 months membership from the date of joining.
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Libraries, universities, polytechnics and organisations wishing to have access to the NZIRECE published journal and its articles.
$150.00 annual renewable in November each year.
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