Early Childhood

Fiordland Kindergarten wins!

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

Fiordland Kindergarten was awarded the President’s Trophy and Cultural Award, by New Zealand Kindergarten, for its inspiring environmental programme. >Download the Fiordland Kindergarted Nature Discovery pdf (Warning: file is 3.7…

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Lifelong benefits

By Diana Clement 22 October, 2010

In Tauranga, some 2000 people attended a rally to protest the cuts. Parents, economists, scientists, unions, primary principals and teachers, and opposition leaders: they’re all unhappy at the cuts to…

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The unkindest cut

By Jane Blaikie 19 July, 2010

Taitoko Kindergarten has been transformed from a centre on the verge of closure into a thriving community hub, with nine registered teachers delivering quality education to largely Māori and Pacific…

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Monoglots no more?

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

Around 1100 early childhood centres around the country offered Te Reo Māori, as well as English, as the language of communication at least part of the time in 2008-09, according…

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Under twos and the backlash on working parents

By Jane Blaikie 6 December, 2009

“Home is best for babies” shouts the headline in a national Sunday paper. “A great badness abroad” says a magazine headline about “the great pre-school experiment”. Others misquote US research…

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Speaking out for tamariki

By Jane Blaikie 21 September, 2009

Quality early education for Māori children is critical to reversing underachievement. Yet kōhanga reo are funded at lower rates than most other early education providers” teachers are paid less and…

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