Early Childhood

Captain Electric brings light and hope to ECE

By Jane Blaikie 2 April, 2015

Charismatic teacher, performer and leader Karen O’Leary had an unlikely and unpromising start to formal learning. Even so, she now sees early education as “vitally important” and needing “the best…

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Lift the quality of ECE in your district

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

The Hutt Valley ECE network has become active over the last year, giving a boost to exhausted teachers and support staff. The network offers free professional development and networking to strengthen services in…

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Someone needs to learn their ABCs

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

In 2008, the Australian government paid out $A22m when the ABC chain of centres collapsed. The banks reportedly lost over $1 billion and hundreds of staff lost their jobs. ABC…

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The rise and rise of corporate childcare

By Jane Blaikie 2 October, 2014

The current boom in large-scale for-profit early childhood centres is shaping up as a disastrous experiment in the care of the very young. Jane Blaikie investigates. Key points A boom…

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The Kindergarten Journey

By Melissa Schwalger 14 March, 2014

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.…

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Kohanga kaiako Ki Taiao

By Michelle Nixon 2 January, 2014

Na ta rourou, na taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive On a sunny west coast beach, tiny…

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Keep it 5-star

By Jane Blaikie 2 January, 2014

Book your three-year-old into a high quality private ECE centre and it can cost $300 a week or more” over and above the “20 hours free”. Given that the take-home…

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Modern babies

By Jane Blaikie 26 October, 2013

Teachers at a centre weren’t surprised recently when a nine-month-old baby arrived for her first day with a report from her previous centre, in the UK, outlining her learning achievements…

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Flying high on the West Coast

By Michelle Nixon 18 July, 2013

Westport Kindergarten gets all five Best Start stars: 100% qualified teachers, good adult-to-child ratios, small group sizes, positive relationships, and a warm and loving learning environment. But that’s not all.…

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From the ground up

By Jenny Davies 27 October, 2012

Key points Pasifika families are thriving on a new project that trains parents to be home-based early childhood educators.The Wellington Kindergarten Association project enables Pasifika parents to keep their children…

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