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Parents Welcome At Playcentre Open Week

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 14:08:42 +1300 | Playcentre Aotearoa

Playcentres across Aotearoa are inviting whānau with tamariki from birth to school age for a free visit during Playcentre Open Week, which runs from 4-8 March 2024. The theme for Playcentre Open Week this year is “Whānau tupu ngātahi – families ...More >>

Three Ministers For ECE - A Welcomed Focus For Children’s Outcomes.

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 13:46:34 +1300 | Early Childhood Education

The addition of a third Minister to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) portfolios with specific responsibility and focus on funding, regulations, and systems design within is a welcome move for a sector plagued by unnecessary red tape and a funding ...More >>

IHC Urges Budget Decision To Protect The Most Vulnerable

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 19:49:38 +1300 | IHC New Zealand

IHC is urging the Ministry of Education to think hard and act fairly when it comes to finding ways to meet the Government’s savings target by ensuring there is funding to address inequities. IHC’s From Data to Dignity Report on the health and wellbeing ...More >>

Government Mini Budget Commits To Invest In Early Childhood Education

Thu, 21 Dec 2023 21:15:19 +1300 | Early Childhood Education

The release of the government’s mini budget has created some certainty within the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector. “By committing to the planned 4.6% increase in the 20 Hours ECE funding rates, the government has demonstrated that ...More >>

Sunflower Superstars Announced!

Wed, 13 Dec 2023 17:29:45 +1300 | Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens

In a year that has been tough for many whānau, a children’s sunflower-growing contest has brought smiles to thousands of young faces and imparted useful lifelong skills on how to grow and nurture plants. Over the past four months, 13,795 youngsters ...More >>

ECE Managers’ Pay Lagging Behind, Thanks To Pay Parity Policies

Fri, 8 Dec 2023 16:29:13 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

A comprehensive survey of early learning sector wages shows Pay Parity is having a positive effect overall on average ECE teacher pay, but reveals the diminishing gap between pay for teachers and managers is ringing alarm bells. The Early Childhood ...More >>

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 >>


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