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Ministry Of Education’s Own Data Contradicts Ministerial Advice

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 06:06:16 +1200 | Early Childhood Council

Fears have been raised that incorrect advice received by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins is affecting decisions around early learning centre closures. This comes after Minister Hipkins said ‘I am advised that ECE closures are fewer than this ...More >>

ECE Needs Flight Plan Overhaul, Not Flying Squads

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:10:00 +1200 | Early Childhood Council

News the Ministry of Education is bringing back a Provider Assessment Group, a ‘surprise visit’ investigation unit that shut down 17 early learning services will only add to providers’ woes. There’s no question safety and quality comes first, and we ...More >>

Anti-choking Confusion Isn’t Going Away

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 16:39:03 +1200 | Early Childhood Council

If you think the anti-choking guidelines issue has settled down, ask those on the front line trying to make sense of it all. Recent commentary suggests that if the Ministry of Health’s directives are easy to understand and apply, then “...why ...More >>

The Real Reason Behind The Early Learning Centre Food Guidelines

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 05:46:38 +1200 | Premium SEO NZ

It’s highly likely that you have recently heard the new food guidelines for early childcare centres being slammed by the media. Among the list of foods that centres can no longer provide are popcorn, dried fruit, seeds, lollies, and hard rice crackers. ...More >>

100 Million More Children Fail Basic Reading Skills Because Of COVID-19

Sun, 28 Mar 2021 18:08:30 +1300 | UN News

A new study released on Friday by the UN cultural agency, revealsthat more than 100 millionmore children than expected, are falling behind the minimum proficiency level in reading, due to COVID-related school closures. According to the study ...More >>

Early Childhood Teachers Experiencing Teacher Shortage, Fear Situation Could Worsen

Mon, 22 Mar 2021 07:52:33 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

A survey of early childhood educators has revealed significant concerns about the impacts of teacher shortages on teachers and children, and suggests the situation is worsening. The survey, conducted by NZEI Te Riu Roa union's 'ECE Voice' campaign, ...More >>

Has A Gap In Old-school Handwriting And Spelling Tuition Contributed To NZ’s Declining Literacy Scores?

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:36:50 +1300 | The Conversation

Christine Braid , Massey University The recently reported decline in student performance in international tests for literacy, science and maths confirmed a view in some quarters that New Zealand’s curriculum is in need of an overhaul. More >>

Manakau School’s One-day Community Café Event Showcases Little Garden Harvest And Students’ Cooking Skills

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:34:10 +1300 | Foodstuffs NZ

This past year, kids at Manakau School swapped their iPads for gardening tools as the much-loved New World Little Garden returned to stores nationwide. Now, six months later with the school’s Little Garden produce ready for harvest, Manakau School ...More >>

Nation’s Early Childhood Heroes Recognised On Children’s Day

Sun, 7 Mar 2021 05:49:44 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

Innovation during the COVID-19 lockdowns, support that went above and beyond for families after the Christchurch shootings, mentoring children to be environmental enthusiasts, and tirelessly advocating for a better, more just early childhood education ...More >>

Are Kiwi Kids Getting The Education They Deserve?

Tue, 2 Mar 2021 06:15:33 +1300 | The New Zealand Initiative

A well-functioning education system is vital to equip our children for life. However, a new report from The New Zealand Initiative says it is not clear whether the education system is serving our children as well as it should. Educational Performance and ...More >>

Porirua Bikes In Schools: “The Best Thing Ever”

Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:35:34 +1300 | Porirua Bikes in Schools

More than 1300 students from six primary schools in Porirua can now ride a bike, thanks to Bikes in Schools and local cooperation. Mass bike-riding is the best thing that’s ever happened at Titahi Bay School, says principal Kerry Delaney. Almost ...More >>

National Hauora Coalition And Counties Manukau Health Caution Against Misinformation About Throat Swabs In Schools

Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:30:37 +1300 | National Hauora Coalition

The National Hauora Coalition (NHC) and Counties Manukau Health have become aware of misinformation spreading across social media about COVID-19 testing in schools. This misinformation implies that schools are testing children for COVID-19 without ...More >>

COVID-19 Imperils ‘Historic Advances’ In Children’s Access To School Meals: UN Report

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:14:23 +1300 | UN News

Hard-won gains in efforts to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable children with nutritious food, through free daily meals at school, are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) report said ...More >>

New Pathway Into Primary Teaching Meets A Need

Thu, 4 Feb 2021 08:23:27 +1300 | Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ

Te Rito Maioha is launching a new three-year Bachelor of Teaching | Tohu Paetahi Whakaako (Primary) that does not require students to relocate from their home communities. The three-year Bachelor of Teaching | Tohu Paetahi Whakaako (Primary) degree is field-based ...More >>

ECC Calls For Pause On Lunchbox Rules

Sat, 23 Jan 2021 06:43:35 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is calling for the implementation of new early learning centre food safety rules to be paused so that issues that have emerged through its roll out can be worked through. The issue is about preventing children from choking, ...More >>

Guidelines, Not Food Police, The Right Approach

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 07:42:21 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council welcome the new guidelines for child food safety, provided room remains for ECE centre discretion. “We deeply sympathise with everyone involved in the incident that prompted the review, and agree children’s safety is paramount. ...More >>

New Research From ERO Highlights Impact Of Covid-19 On Education Sector

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 06:53:45 +1300 | Education Review Office

New reports, published today by the Education Review Office (ERO), indicate that, although schools and services developed a range of positive solutions during the pandemic, the impacts of Covid-19 on learners will continue to be felt this year. ...More >>

UNICEF Chief: Closing Schools Should Be ‘Measure Of Last Resort’

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 07:12:13 +1300 | UN News

The head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) underscored on Tuesday that “no effort should be spared” to keep children in school, as the coronavirus pandemic continues into a second year. “Despite overwhelming evidence of the impact of school ...More >>

Time To Say Goodbye – Head Teacher Retires After 36 Years At Kindergarten

Wed, 16 Dec 2020 16:45:44 +1300 | Ruahine Kindergarten Association

Next week, Lynnette Barlow, Head Teacher of Cloverlea Kindergarten will step into retirement after 36 years of service. Lynnette began her career as a teacher in Nelson, moving to the Manawatu in 1975 where she joined what is now Ruahine Kindergarten ...More >>

Ministry Of Education High Trust Vision Will Fail If ECE Remains Unequal

Wed, 16 Dec 2020 10:44:59 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council says the ‘educationally powerful connections’ vision set out in the Ministry of Education’s Briefing for Incoming Education Minister will be handicapped by the broken early learning funding model. The Ministry sees ...More >>


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