Early Childhood

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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ECE complaints may be tip of an iceberg

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

A spike in the number of complaints being made about early learning services is likely to be the tip of an iceberg. Complaints to the Ministry of Education jumped 50…

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Letter: Exploitation of migrants in ECE

By EA Staff 18 January, 2016

New migrants to New Zealand are being exploited in early childhood education services. This is one example I have come across. As an overseas student, “L” needed first to gain…

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Mentoring in early childhood education

By Charmaine Thomson 15 January, 2016

There is much research that validates mentoring and leadership as key for ECE professionals. But structurally speaking, it’s easier said than done in a sector beset by underfunding. How, in…

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The government's secret plan to lift ratios in home-based ECE

By Jane Blaikie 14 December, 2015

The government’s omnibus Education Legislation Bill appears to include a change in home-based early childhood services that would lift ratios. This has serious implications for the quality of such services. The notes below…

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Why we should be worried about the super-profits Evolve Education is making in ECE

By Jane Blaikie 24 November, 2015

[g1_row] [g1_1of2] Education Minister Hekia Parata’s comment that the All Blacks are a great model for the education system (because they use ‘data’, have ‘high standards’, focus on ‘quality achievement’)…

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World Teachers' Day protest over ECE funding cuts

By Melissa Schwalger 30 October, 2015

Concerned parents and teachers wanted to send a message to Education Minister Hekia Parata and the Government that every child needs a great teacher. However, the only additional ECE funding…

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Big ECE centres less responsive

By Jane Blaikie 30 September, 2015

Another indicator that industrial-scale early childhood education (ECE) is not good for young children has emerged. ERO’s recent report Infants and Toddlers found that only 56% of services, in its…

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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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