Announcing the 2019 New Zealand Study Tour Winner

Again this year, Educa offered early childhood educators from New Zealand, Australia and North America the chance to win a place on a New Zealand Study Educational Tour, hosted by Kelly Goodsir. We are delighted to announce that Judi Stevenson-Garcia … Read More

Risk and Respect in ECE: The Childspace Story 

Interview with Childspace founders, Robin & Toni Christie “Teachers respect children by allowing them to take ownership of their learning.” Toni Christie, Childspace Childspace stands out as as thought leader and relentless innovator in the New Zealand early childhood sector.  … Read More

ECE Documentation Your Teachers & Families Will Love!

Make it about the child, using learning stories Assessments can be time-consuming with unclear benefits. Or they can be life-affirming and precious for teachers, families and children.  Many early educators around are not fond of documentation, defined here as assessments … Read More

Your QIP Process, Only Simpler – in Educa

Reduce inspection stress, focus on a higher rating The evidence is in Educa, now your QIP process documentation can be there too! Educa has added a number of templates to support your QIP process, from working together on reflections and … Read More

Learning Stories as Authentic Assessment

The case for using stories to document a child’s learning journey Learning stories are documentation “for,” not documentation “of.” Dr. Annie White Traditional assessment is documentation “of” — reflections on a child in checkpoint format. By contrast, learning stories are … Read More

Innovative Intermediate – The Fergusson Philosophy

A Culture of Inclusion and Rising to the Challenge Interviewed: Simon Kenny (Principal) and Andrew de Wit (Teacher). Our curriculum is based around our “rise” values – we expect all our kids to rise to the challenge. Those values are … Read More

Making Everyday ECE Routines Into Extraordinary Rituals

Everyday early childhood routines are a gold mine for finding rituals. That allows you and your staff to make a “psychological shift that impacts your attitudes and reactions.” Toni Christie Early childhood expert, Toni Christie, Childspace Early Childhood Institute based … Read More

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

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

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