Early Childhood Alert, March 2021

In today's newsletter

  • ECE's newest teaching recruit
  • We are way behind other sectors on gender diversity
  • Analysis of the list of centres and home-based services that had licensing actions taken against them
  • Early years NZ sign language acquisition
  • Parents frustrated centre was charging for lockdown absence
  • Learning notes a long-accepted alternative to Learning stories
  • Easter: Chocolate eggs and bunnies? Celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ

 

Pay Parity for all ECE teachers with Primary colleagues - join the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pay.parity

 

ECE's newest teaching recruit

Liam Bowen has won a Men in ECE Invitation Award, 2021.  He is embarking on a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) at the University of Auckland. 

Thank you so much to Honeybees Preschool in Auckland who kindly sponsored the grant. 

> Go to Liam's story 

 

We are way behind other sectors on gender diversity

There’s no mistaking that ECE teaching is a women’s profession.

It has been more than 20 years since Dr Sarah Alexander called out the discrimination faced by men entering the profession in her ground-breaking report “A few good men: A study of male teachers”. 

Yet, improvement in representation has been small and slow. In 2020, 2.8% of teaching staff were male compared with 2.3% in 1992.  FIND OUT MORE HERE

At ChildForum we have a deep knowledge that can be used to better inform recruitment and employment practices and what political leaders and decision-makers must do to establish a gender balance in ECE teaching. 

Also, we created an Award to tell men they are most welcome, and the “Men in ECE Invitation Award” has been encouraging men to take up ECE teacher training for many years.

 

Analysis of the list of centres and home-based services that had licensing actions taken against them

Despite reduced ability for Ministry of Education staff to run inspections due to Covid-19 lockdowns, there has been a surge in the number of ECE services on provisional licence.

> Find out more here

 

Early years NZ sign language acquisition

The Ministry of Education is seeking a national supplier to provide facilitators that will teach New Zealand Sign Language to whānau and children aged 0-5 who are Deaf or hard of hearing in their home and in the community. This supplier will have NZSL facilitators that go to home or other community settings to teach NZSL to the parents, caregivers, whanau, and the Deaf and hard of hearing children. This service will be effective, family centred, strengths-based, and will be flexible based on the individual needs of each family/whānau. The service can be delivered face-to-face or via video conferencing subject to the preference of the whānau. The closing date for submissions is 1 April 2021.  For more information go to the GETS website. RFx ID:24052559.

 

Parents frustrated centre was charging for lockdown absence 

 At a time when kindness when needed, kindness was called for. 

> Go to Stuff story

 

Dr Ken BlaiklockLearning Notes a long-accepted alternative to Learning Stories

The latest Education Gazette has an article on Learning Notes.  It describes the recent implementation of Learning Notes for assessment and communicating children's learning at a kindergarten in Lower Hutt. 

Learning notes was an alternative to Learning Stories, developed some years ago by Dr Ken Blaiklock.  ECE services that realised Learning Stories were not a requirement for the Ministry or ERO could use Learning Notes. 

Here are some articles to help you to think more critically about assessment and to learn about the different approaches.

> Read more: The Learning Story narrative approach

> Read more:  A critique of the Learning Story approach

> Read More:  A paper on Learning Notes

 

Easter:  Chocolate eggs and bunnies? Celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ

With Easter just around the corner, now is the time to be thinking about how you will approach Easter and the appropriateness of this for children and families you work with.  

> See this article with good thinking points before you start to make any plans.  It also has neat ideas for Easter craft activities, songs, and baking recipes   

 

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