10 year plan new zealand ece

‘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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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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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 memorable learning journey. Educa’s New Zealand study tour drawing in 2018 … Read More

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Creating Environments For Teacher Inquiry-Based Learning in Early Education

How to sharpen your inquiry-based practice through the lens of the environment “… we should aim for an environment that supports teacher growth so the classroom is a place of research where teachers ask questions and act as researchers. The … Read More

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Unstructured learning is powerful

Respectful Practice in Early Childhood Education – Toni Christie

Respectful People, Places and Things Slow down and be fully present, educators! That’s one of the catch cries of early childhood expert, Toni Christie, from Childspace Early Childhood Institute, based in Wellington, New Zealand. She was presenting a recent ECE … Read More

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Dr. Annie White on Learning Stories in America

Advocating for Learning Stories as an Assessment Alternative, The Making of a Movement. “Starting with an assessment checklist and then adding anecdotes is time-consuming. Why not do it the other way around? Write the stories, and then connect to objectives.” Dr. … Read More

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Magic Questions To Spark Parent Engagement in ECE

Using Conversational Intelligence & Inclusive Messaging To Build Authentic Relationships With Families “My research shows 9 out of 10 communications with parents miss the mark.” Judith Glaser, Author of Conversational Intelligence Review of Educa Webinar by author, Cassandra O’Neill and … Read More

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Australian Government Inquiry Recommends Ratios and Qualifications Be Relaxed

What You Need To Know About the Senate Interim Report – “The Effect of Red Tape on Childcare”  Raising standards beyond those needed to ensure the safety, comfort and happiness of the children costs money.” Committee Chairman, David Leyonhjelm This … Read More

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Educa New Zealand Study Tour Winner

Educa Announces First Ever Winner Of New Zealand Study Tour Giveaway

And The Winner Is… For the past five months Educa has been offering early childhood educators from New Zealand, Australia and North America the chance to win a place on a New Zealand Study Tour, hosted by Kelly Goodsir. We … Read More

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Why Male Early Childhood Educators Need To Fight For Diversity, Not Call For Gender Balance

We take a deep dive into the complex issue of male educators in early childcare Our January blog post asking why there’s a shortage of male early childhood educators in Australia generated huge social media engagement, so we’re following up … Read More

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