Early Childhood Alert

The Olympics and Teaching Children About Competition

olympic rings

Citius, Altius, Fortius, is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger" (the original Olympic motto). 


Are we enabling children to aspire to achieve, to go faster, to strive higher, and to be strong in mind and body?  

Together, are we making participation in competition enjoyable?  If not, why not?

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The Discretionary Hour Increase – What You May Not Have Been Told

The Ministry of Education has chosen to reduce teaching quality by doubling the discretionary hours per funding period from 40 to 80 hours for certain teacher-led centres. 


Will it be good or bad, and for whom? 

What effects will the policy funding change have now and in the longer-term?  

> Find out


Service Providers - you may be interested to learn how the Ministry plans to respond to services from now on that don't provide their discretionary hours information as requested. 


What is Going on With ECE Teacher Pay?

Right now, there are a lot of initiatives, announcements, pronouncements, discussions and social media conversations and opinions surrounding ECE teacher pay. 

It is easy to be confused.

This short article is intended to help you to understand what is going on.

> Read more


You may also like to see these two important stories:  

> Forced to take my ECE qualification and experience overseas

> Centres that make it their priority to pay teaching staff well, do well!  



Job Vacancies 

Director of Pre-School
St Margaret’s College is a Christchurch based independent day and boarding school, offering a unique education and cutting-edge facilities for girls from Year 0 – 13. Our Pre-school is a gateway to our wider School and is a crucial pathway within our St Margaret’s community with a strong interaction with our junior school. The Pre-school is a purpose-built facility for both boys and girls aged between 2 and 5 years.

Reporting to the Executive Principal, this is an exciting position for someone with vision and proven management skills in the ECE sector in New Zealand. This position is also part of the wider Leadership Team and forms part of the strategic direction of the whole College. The Director will have knowledge and experience of Te Whāriki and will weave this with the St Margaret’s Junior School Year 0-6 Curriculum. This is a ‘hands on’ role requiring a high level of organisational skills, enthusiasm and energy to drive effective outcomes. Experience in managing a previous Pre-school or educational department and a track record of successful results, providing thorough leadership, analytics and management support at a senior level is essential. Please email your covering letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A Position Description is available on our website www.stmargarets.school.nz/job-vacancies. Closing date for applications is 4pm on Monday 16 August 2021 



Educators' and Parents' Views on Literacy for Children Under Three

This research paper published in the NZ-International Research in ECE Journal is popular!

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Home-based Providers - Business Opening

The Ministry of Education is looking to contract licensed home-based ECE providers to oversee the care of children and meet requests from essential workers, promptly within 48 hours of any move again to a Covid19 Alert Level 4. This is contingency planning ONLY. 

> See the tender notice and application form.   



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