Quality

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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Support staff conference success

By EA Staff 1 October, 2015

Support staff members met at conferences in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch over the winter. “They were an amazing opportunity for professional development and to shape ongoing careerpath development work,…

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United we stand

By Jane Blaikie 29 September, 2015

“We have to stick together. We have to sing the same tune so those at the top can hear,” says Teina Hakaraia. “By collegiality and working together, and helping others,…

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Big centres don't work for small children

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

EA has taken a lot of flak for exposing poor practice in large, for-profit ECE centres. But one highly respected provider also has concerns. Wellington husband and wife team Robin…

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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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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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Is the future post-graduate?

By Michelle Nixon 26 October, 2013

In June the government called for tenders for new initial teacher education qualifications – “exemplary” qualifications to be delivered in partnership with schools. There are two rounds with funding for…

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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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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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