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Children Need A Government That Cares About Early Learning, Not Removing Rights And Safeguards Of Quality

Fri, 24 Nov 2023 15:26:59 +1300 | NZEI

The government should be focusing on better early childhood education funding, not regulation, if it wants the quality and safety of early learning for tamariki to be improved, says NZEI Te Riu Roa, New Zealand's largest education union. Pay parity ...More >>

Early Childhood Education Gets Shafted Again

Thu, 23 Nov 2023 11:34:21 +1300 | Early Childhood New Zealand

With a National-led government emphasising the importance of reading, writing and arithmetic, including a commitment from our incoming Prime Minister to “educate our children so that they can grow up to live the lives they dream of”. Surely ...More >>

‘Discrepancy’ Of $253 Million Means 18,000 Teachers Missing Out On Pay Parity And ECE’s Closing Fast

Thu, 23 Nov 2023 09:06:44 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

The Labour Government’s early learning Pay Parity promise became unaffordable in June 2023, when the Ministry of Education changed its method for calculating how much they would fund ECE teachers employed by independent education and care centres. ...More >>

Early Childhood Teachers Should Not Be Short-changed Because Of Inadequate Forecasting

Wed, 22 Nov 2023 13:48:02 +1300 | NZEI

The incoming government has an urgent job to do fixing early childhood education funding, education union NZEI Te Riu Roa says. A recently released Cabinet paper from September shows the previous Labour Government walked back from their commitment ...More >>

Crafting The Future: A Deep Dive Into Auckland's Preschool Education System

Tue, 7 Nov 2023 09:22:35 +1300 | Fabric Digital

Auckland's commitment to early childhood education (ECE) is an investment in the nation's future. New Zealand's strategic plan for ECE aims for all children to participate in quality ECE, regardless of their background, enhancing participation, improving ...More >>

Playcentre Encourages Outdoor Play For Play Week Aotearoa

Mon, 6 Nov 2023 11:10:17 +1300 | Playcentre Aotearoa

Playcentre Aotearoa is encouraging whānau at their early childhood education centres across the motu to find new ways, places and spaces to enjoy outdoor play with their pēpi and tamariki in recognition of Play Week Aotearoa (6-12 November 2023). Play ...More >>

Early Childhood Education Teachers Strike Over Essential Funding

Mon, 6 Nov 2023 10:43:32 +1300 | NZEI

Kaiako and kaimahi from around 100 early childhood education centres across the motu will take strike action for the first time ever on Wednesday 8 November after voting last month to take industrial action. The teachers, who are part of the Early ...More >>

Inflexible Building Rules Could See Ministry Of Education Suspend Early Learning Licences Overnight

Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:29:04 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

Lack of clarity with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s new approach to building regulation could see Ministry of Education shut early learning centres overnight, leaving parents scrambling for care and massive disruption for ...More >>

UCOL | Te Pūkenga Introduces Early Childhood Education Degree In Whanganui

Wed, 4 Oct 2023 10:49:11 +1300 | UCOL

UCOL | Te Pūkenga have announced that they will be offering a Te Tohu Paetahi Akoranga: Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at their Whanganui campus from 2024. The three-year degree, which will launch in the first semester next year with our ...More >>

Largest ECE Survey In Years, Kōriporipo, Highlights Teachers Under Pressure

Wed, 27 Sep 2023 09:17:41 +1300 | NZEI

The largest survey of the early childhood sector in Aotearoa in recent years, Kōriporipo, shines a light on the immense pressures facing ECE kaiako and kaimahi and makes recommendations that could transform the sector. Undertaken by NZEI Te Riu Roa, the most alarming ...More >>

Who Teaches The Teachers?

Sun, 17 Sep 2023 05:04:08 +1200 | The New Zealand Initiative

Being an effective teacher is one of the most important and difficult jobs there is. It is essential that we prepare teachers well for the classroom. In a new report by The New Zealand Initiative, authors Dr Michael Johnston and Stephanie Martin highlight ...More >>

Suzy Cato And Loopy Tunes Entertain Whanau At Pre-school Open Day

Mon, 4 Sep 2023 11:48:28 +1200 | Chrysalis Group

A whanau open day at the multi-award winning Chrysalis Early Learning Centre in Avondale will be an event not to miss on September 16, celebrating this year’s Maori Language Week. Students, their families and the wider community are all invitedMore >>

Funding Review, Pay Parity Increase, And Changes To Home-based Funding Conditions Confirmed For Early Learning Sector

Thu, 31 Aug 2023 14:40:54 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The Government has confirmed a raft of early learning funding changes to boost teacher pay, address systemic issues in the ECE funding model, and to support the home-based sector, Associate Education Minister Jo Luxton announced today.More >>

Sunflower Project Returns To Sprout Budding Gardeners

Mon, 21 Aug 2023 10:57:05 +1200 | Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens

Scores of sunflowers and kindy kids are set to star in Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project, which launches today across New Zealand. Around 13,795 youngsters will take part in this much-loved sunflower growing contest that helps sprout little gardeners ...More >>

Early Learning Teachers’ Pay Equity Process In Doubt

Fri, 18 Aug 2023 14:35:58 +1200 | Early Childhood Council

The Education Minister’s decision to defer giving teachers in-principle government support to funding their Pay Equity settlement means increased uncertainty and pressure for Early Childhood employers, who have no such luxury once a settlement occurs. ...More >>

Pay Equity Funding Decision Angers Early Childhood Teachers

Thu, 17 Aug 2023 10:01:23 +1200 | NZEI

Early childhood teachers are angry and disappointed by news yesterday that the Government has delayed an in-principle decision to fund pay equity for ECE teachers. ECE kaiako are part of a large pay equity claim for all teachers across schooling and ECE that ...More >>

Parents Expect Children To Have Fully Qualified Teachers But Are Often Short-Changed

Thu, 17 Aug 2023 09:49:32 +1200 | My ECE

The Early Childhood Education Parents’ Council wants early childhood centre regulations amended to guarantee that children, at all times of the day, have teachers who are trained and qualified in providing early education and care. A spokesperson for the ...More >>

Playcentre Messy Play Week

Wed, 9 Aug 2023 13:40:52 +1200 | Playcentre Aotearoa

Playcentres throughout New Zealand are inviting families with children aged 0-6 years to visit during Playcentre Messy Play Week (21-25 August). The free event is designed to give young children a chance to explore messy play activities that spark ...More >>

No Guarantee The Secondary Teacher Salary Increase Will Be Matched For Early Learning Teachers

Wed, 2 Aug 2023 19:03:23 +1200 | Early Childhood Council

Teachers in education and care centres must wait to see if the Government will match the 14.5% secondary school teacher salary increases for early learning. If the offer gets accepted by the PPTA there’s no certainty that education and care teachers, ...More >>

Missing Voice Activated In Early Childhood Education

Mon, 24 Jul 2023 09:58:36 +1200 | Early Childhood Education

Parents’ views are overlooked in early childhood education policy. But that is about to change with the formation of the ECE Parents Council. When the government and the Ministry of Education consults on early childhood plans and policies their ...More >>


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