childspace story

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

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Use Educa To Earn A Higher NQS Rating

Managing QIP’s and ACECQA NQS Submissions in Educa Educa Templates Run From Reflective Questions To Self-Assessment to ACECQA Filing to Inspection Educa has always been the place where customers keep most of the evidence they need to support their NQS … Read More

learning stories as authentic assessment

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

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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

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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

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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

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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Our New Zealand ECE Study Tour Winner Reports Back!

Reflections & Takeaways After Seeing New Zealand Early Education Up Close Thank you so much Alick and Educa for an amazing opportunity and to Kelly for such a valuable and memorable learning journey. Educa’s New Zealand study tour drawing in … Read More