Health & Safety

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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Wi-fried? – questions about wi-fi use in schools and ECE

By Jane Blaikie 25 February, 2016

Did you know that France has banned wi-fi in its ECE sector? And that primary schools can only have wi-fi on during specific, related lessons, rather than 24/7? This is…

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Antidotes to anxiety

By Michelle Nixon 30 March, 2015

More and more New Zealand children are being prescribed medication for anxiety disorders, and many remain undiagnosed. – Michelle Nixon reports.   Up to 10-12 percent of children may be…

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Making school a safe place

By Diana Clement 2 January, 2014

Bullying. What bullying? There is virtually no bullying at the decile-one Insoll Avenue School in Hamilton. That’s thanks to the school’s involvement in a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School-Wide…

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Asbestos cancer strikes retired principal

By Jane Blaikie 16 July, 2010

All primary schools must be free of asbestos hazards, says a retired Wellington principal who has the incurable cancer mesothelioma. Older teachers need to be aware that they may have…

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