Using Images For Authentic Assessment In Stories

Using Images For Authentic Assessment Photographs as well as learning stories that capture learning through photographs or video recordings are ‘authentic assessment’. – Marilyn Rice As an early childhood educator, do you occasionally wonder if the images you share are … Read More

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Announcing Our New Online Form Builder

Less Paper, More Collaboration, Efficiency & Sharing of Best Practice While Educa is a robust documentation platform, we know there’s still a lot of paper at your centre. Our just-released, multi-faceted Forms builder addresses this need. It aims to significantly … Read More

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Making Your ECE Service Philosophy Authentic and Real

Bringing Your Guiding Principles To Life “A statement that connects for your team requires conversation, collaboration and critical reflection.” Kelly Goodsir Your service philosophy is on the wall in the entrance foyer, it’s in the newsletter, on the website, and … Read More

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Is Food Play OK in Early Learning Services?

The Fight Over Food Play “Mei did not understand why the children were playing with rice. At home, her mom cooks rice for meals. She refused to play with these children because they were playing with rice. She knew that … Read More

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Teaching as Inquiry in ECE – What, Why and How To

Benefits, Method and Tips – Jane Warnock Explains “Teaching as Inquiry ultimately benefits self and puts you in the forefront in ‘what you do’ that benefits the children. It should be part of your day, not an addition to what … Read More

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‘Ambitious’ Draft 10-year Plan for New Zealand’s ECE

More Qualified Teachers and Tighter Ratios Ahead “We need a system where teachers and managers focus on delivering high quality service and partnerships with parents.” Peter Reynolds, CEO, Early Childhood Council (New Zealand) A draft strategy plan for the early … Read More

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Using Online Collaboration To Mentor Junior Teachers – In Educa

Raising Standards & Ensuring Consistency in Early Education Mentoring and on the job training is a hugely helpful for newer teachers.  It helps them: become better teachers find satisfaction in what they do connect more meaningfully with parents And the … Read More

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Why Free Play is an Essential Part of a Child’s Education

Making Time For Child-Led Play Every Day Early educators understand the idea that play is important child’s work. This is particularly true of “free play,” self-directed play when kids can make their own rules, act out imaginative fantasies, explore the … Read More

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Documentation at Playcentre – An Educa Customer Story

How Educa Supports Parent Cooperative Preschools and Child Care Centres Playcentre is a parent cooperative for early education in New Zealand. Playcentre’s rich and unique philosophy of child-initiated play views parents as the first and best educators of their own … Read More

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Case Study – Bringing Your Philosophies To Life, Farm Street

Using Educa To Share Your Inspiration and Vision “We knew we needed to reflect on philosophers more and didn’t really know how to get that through to all staff on a regular basis. We needed to find an easy way … Read More

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