Early Childhood Education

School gardeners at work in the garden

Grow plants from seed in ECE and schools!

By EA Staff 13 July, 2016

Long time supporters of children gardening, Kings Seeds are the go-to gurus when it comes to growing a great garden from seed and after 17 years in the business they…

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Anne with Sylvia at St Clair Beach, Dunedin

A tribute to Anne B Smith

By EA Staff 12 July, 2016

Anne was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Children’s Issues Centre (CIC) at the University of Otago in 1995. She was already a world-renowned academic and advocate in the…

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Students and teacher Rachel Foster delight in their e-portfolios

 The best and best of e-Portfolios

By Diana Clement 12 July, 2016

Above: Students and teacher Rachel Foster at City Kids in Wellington delight in their e-portfolios Software such as Blogger from Google, Microsoft’s Sway and smaller e-portfolio suites such as Storypark,…

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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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'We must be vigilant and united'

By Louise Green 12 July, 2016

Tension In a recent speech to an Education Council seminar, the Minister of Education Hekia Parata stated: “A key indicator of success (of the new council) will be if in…

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Funding Review: kids will miss out

By Jane Blaikie 22 June, 2016

Behind the spin, government proposals on how to reform school and ECE funding will see more kids missing out. The Cabinet paper just released shows that the government is looking to:…

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PORSE the winner in nanny intern programme

By Melissa Schwalger 5 May, 2016

It looks like PORSE (owned by Evolve Education) is onto a real money-making winner with its nanny intern course. According to its media release and website, young women (they’re invariably…

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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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