Early Childhood

Pay equity changes with new government

By Kate Drury 21 November, 2017

Pay equity claims for NZEI support staff in schools and staff in early childhood have new hope with the change in Government. An early childhood teacher and a teacher aide share their stories about how pay equity would make a difference to their lives.

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Seeking wage justice

By Rebecca Matthews-Heron 25 July, 2017

  There are exciting times ahead for education workers in female-dominated roles with low pay. Following the $2 billion provision in the budget to settle the ground-breaking Kristine Bartlett case…

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Just who is the 98 % ECE target for?

By Leah Haines 18 January, 2017

It won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that that the Governments’ 98 percent ECE attendance target is viewed by the Corporate childcare sector as a key driver…

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Alfroi with teacher Nisha Rani and early intervention teacher, Katherine Reilly

Early intervention: Yes please! But where’s the money?

By Melissa Schwalger 12 July, 2016

Figures bandied about by officials suggest that a $30,000 investment in early intervention education will save the government around $150,000 down the track. Yet officials are also clear that there…

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'Rachel', 'Stephan' and 'Girgio' (names have been changed)

Ministry’s response to ECE injury leaves parents shocked

By Jane Blaikie 12 July, 2016

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – and for Rachel* it came true. Rachel left son Stephan, aged 23 months, at his centre at 8am. The phone call came an hour…

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Ngahere Tamariki – Children of the forest

By Melissa Schwalger 20 April, 2016

A four-year-old girl scrambles to the top of a steep, slippery slope, her face flushed with triumph. Just 20 minutes earlier, she had been clinging to a tree root at…

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Families are learning that not all ECE services are safe 

By Jane Blaikie 19 April, 2016

Another ERO report confirms what most in the sector already know – that problems of poor quality are endemic.  The new report, Meeting requirements for children’s safety and wellbeing in…

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ECE Whistleblower's Guide

By EA Staff 23 March, 2016

Teacher complaints are a vital part of ensuring quality in ECE. Teachers are on the ground, daily inhabiting a space with many other beings, adult and child, subject to regulations…

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Onward!

By Jane Blaikie 21 January, 2016

 The temperature is rising in ECE as flaws in the current model grow ever clearer  [g1_row color=”dark-light” background_color=”#63cabf” background_repeat=”repeat” background_position=”center center” background_attachment=”static” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ mobile_padding_top=”10″ mobile_padding_bottom=”10″ type=”default”] [g1_1of1 valign=”top” color=”dark-light”…

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Shock change in ECE law

By Jane Blaikie 21 January, 2016

You are an unqualified carer at home with seven children under five. A few more older children are also on the premises. In an emergency you have to get out…

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