Early Childhood Alert, Feb/March 2021

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Money to help to cover staff first-aid training course costs

The Ministry of Education will shortly give money to most centres to help to cover the costs of first-aid training for extra first aid qualified adults as required by the amended criteria plus one additional adult.  

From 8 April 2021, teacher-led centres and kōhanga reo must have one adult present that holds a current first-aid qualification (or suitable equivalent) for every 25 children attending. Currently the legal requirement is 1 first-aid trained adult for every 50 children

> Read full details here plus qualification requirements 


Parents and teachers come forward in childcare centre case

The story starts:  "Last year, in a small town in New Zealand, teachers and parents came forward to make complaints about a childcare centre".  

There is a lot going on. And, no doubt we’ll be hearing more about this case.

Community support is important for parents and teachers who have spoken up.

ECE sector support is needed for present teaching staff to feel safe to tell the truth.

> Read about this case and find out more


About the Ministry's Early Learning Regulatory Advisory Group

An interesting article - have a read.  What do you think?  What are your concerns about the make-up of the advisory group and the processes? 

MoE regulations advisory group 


Rules on what teachers and educators must wear

In the House male MPs are no longer required to wear a neck tie.  It was a rule to do so and a 160-year tradition.  So are there any rules on what teachers and educators must wear that are outdated?  No because there are no rules for dress.  But there are traditions and expectations. 

Maria Montessori wrote that the teacher of young children “must be attractive, pleasing in appearance, tidy and clean, calm and dignified.  These are ideals that each can realise in her own way. The teacher’s appearance is the first step to gaining the child’s confidence and respect” (The Absorbent Mind, 1982, p. 277)

Expectations for dress and appearance have changed a lot over the last two to three decades. It is much less likely today to see a kindergarten teacher wearing a chain of beads, a skirt that hangs below the knee, and high heels!   

Questions now include such things as whether piercings are okay and safe (for example if a person is working with babies), is it okay to show some cleavage, or what about tattoos, or builder's crack?  

> See this members' article for advice on dress code and what to wear


Vital professional development on child protection

There is no charge for participating in this PD. Just make sure you book first before turning up.

ECE teachers and educators

Practical guidance on how to recognise and respond to suspected child abuse.

  • Thursday 4 March, 6pm to 9pm, Lower Hutt
  • Friday 19 March, 6pm to 9pm, Wellington city

Leaders, Managers, Head teachers

Learn how to advocate effectively for children’s safety and how to interpret relevant legislation and Licensing Criteria. The requirements of the Children’s Act. Safety checking (GMA7A). Policy design and implementation (HS31 HS32 HS33 HS34). Recognising and responding to suspicion of abuse (HS31). Ensuring professional safety. Managing institutional abuse (including Regulation 56). How to create a safety plan for specific children. How to work with victims of abuse.

  • Tuesday 2 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm, Porirua
  • Wednesday 3 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm, Silverstream
  • Friday 5 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm, Lower Hutt
  • Thursday 18 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm, Wellington central

Booking essential: www.ecetraining.nz 


PGC: Professional Growth Cycle - What you need to know

The Professional Growth Cycle is now the new requirement for teachers.  In an article we cover and provide answers for the following questions:

  • What does the PGC mean for ECE services? And what should ECE service managers/ leaders do?
  • Does this mean that teachers will no longer by accountable for their own practice?
  • How is the PGC different from performance appraisal as we know it?
  • Will the endorsement process for professional leaders remain the same?
  • If I have any questions who should I contact and where can I get more information?

>  See this members' article

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