Posts by Melissa Schwalger

Complaint from head of ERO

On Friday November 13, the New Zealand Herald published a front page story about the ERO report, Infants and Toddlers: competent and confident communicators and learners. The story related to meetings and discussions at ERO and the Ministry of Education prior to the release of the report. EA published a link to the story and commentary as events…

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World Teachers' Day protest over ECE funding cuts

Concerned parents and teachers wanted to send a message to Education Minister Hekia Parata and the Government that every child needs a great teacher. However, the only additional ECE funding in the past five years has been for increased participation, with no extra to cover inflation or other growing costs. The lost funding means that…

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Bringing parents into the digital age

In the early eighties, my primary school had about five computers, producing screens of green or orange text. They cost about $5000 each and although they were in a heavily fortified room, they were probably too heavy to steal anyway. I got to use them occasionally for typing up stories I had written, and then…

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Innovative Communities of Learning set to get a boost

All around New Zealand, schools and early childhood centres are working together in inspiring ways. Whether it’s a rural group of schools making huge leaps in ICT or a town-wide cluster of schools working together for seamless transitions, children and communities are benefitting from the innovative work of educators. The great news is that thanks…

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The Kindergarten Journey

My son was just two-and-a-half years old when he started kindergarten. On his first day, I wondered how my baby would cope being away from me for the first time. I hung around outside for half an hour after dropping him off, half expecting a phone call, before dragging myself away. I rang at lunchtime…

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