Getting started with Every Child activities and resources

Every time someone organises an Every Child Is Worth It campaign event, they bring their own ideas and focus to the event. We’ve seen some great activities so far!

If you’re planning your own event, check out these case studies for an idea of things to try.

Community centre – campaign launch

a26i2783This event took place at 10am on a weekday at a community ECE centre.

Objective

To gain media attention for the Every Child campaign.

Who we targeted

Parents and media

How we prepared

  • Teachers talked to all their parents about the campaign.
  • Parents who chose to opt in their children signed a permission form for photos to be taken and shared on social media and in the media.
  • Some parents chose to opt out their children.  These children spent time with a teacher in a different part of the centre during the event.

What happened on the day

The children did their pepeha and sang a waiata to welcome the visitors. One teacher gave a short speech. The NZEI president MCed the event, and spoke. A parent from another centre gave a short speech.

After the speeches the children put their handprints on a large heart.

The total time of the event was about 15 minutes.

Social event

socialA local Barnardos centre hosted an after work event for teachers and the community.

Objective

To introduce local teachers and whānau to the Every Child campaign

Who we targeted

Teachers and whānau

How we prepared

  • An NZEI field officer and local member leader worked with other local leaders, and with Miro Māori leaders, to organise the event.
  • The local neighbourhood got invitations in their letterbox.

What happened on the day

The event was social, with drinks and nibbles and an opportunity for teachers and parents to network, with a few short speeches.

The heart activity was distributed to worksite reps to take back to use with their colleagues.

Parent/whānau conversations at pickup time

3This event took place over an hour during pick up time at a community centre.

Objective

To gain the support of local whānau for the Every Child campaign

Who we targeted

Parents and whānau

How we prepared

  • Teachers advertised the event to parents.
  • Teachers worked with parents to complete permission slips for photos to be taken.
  • NZEI staff prepared resources.

What happened on the day

Staff set up an activity where the asks of the campaign were turned into parent friendly statements such as “children learn better in small groups”.  These were displayed and parents asked to sign those they agreed with, or to add their own ideas.

Staff had conversations with parents around these points.

Parents and children shared a cake decorated with the Every Child is Worth It heart.

Nature activity and parent/whānau conversations at pickup time

1This event took place over an hour during pickup time at a community centre.

Objective

To gain the support of local whānau for the Every Child campaign

Who we targeted

Parents and whānau

How we prepared

  • Teachers advertised the event to parents.
  • Teachers worked with parents to complete permission slips for photos to be taken.
  • Teachers prepared resources and the activity.

What happened on the day

A short series of speeches were MCed by a local member leader, and there were speeches from the head teacher and from a parent member of the centre committee.

Children from the centre collected nature items from outside to glue onto a big heart with the message that children need to be nurtured with quality ECE.

Community stall

littleMembers ran a stall at a community event. A large heart was prepared that people could take photos of themselves holding.

Objective

To gain community support for the Every Child campaign

Who we targeted

Whānau, community, members of parliament.

Heart activities

hataitai-heartsEducators, parents and children fill in the heart poster with artwork or messages.

This activity has been taking place at various centres.

Objective

To gain support for the Every Child campaign

Who we’re targeting

Parents, whānau, community, members of parliament

What’s happening

Some centres have displayed hearts material on noticeboards or around their centres.

Some centres have distributed flyers to parents.

Centres have used the hearts in different ways – with children’s drawings, messages from educators or parents, or to send to local MPs with questions about their position.

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  1. Hugo van Stratum on February 24, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    The Education Ministry are not taking their responsibility for upholding equity policies of Government and the Ministry and parity pay in the education sector seriously. If you are paying the major funding of ECE you should be able to lay down the conditions of employment. I just want to highlight the disadvantages the Edu Ministry is inflecting on the ECE sector.

    This is the Education Ministry list of pay for relievers. It shows how bad it treats Early Childhood Teachers.
    TEACHER RELIEVER RATES
    Secondary Teachers’ 2016 $310.70 per day

    Primary school teachers is $307.64 per day,

    For area school teachers is $306.47 per day,

    The current KTCA daily rate of $278.34 an hourly rate of $34.79
    Early Childhood Education rate payable is $25.15. an hour x8 equals $201 for an 8 hour day

    Get the message $25.15 x 8 = $201 per day for ECE teachers. $109 less than a teacher at secondary yet teachers should have parity. I know $25.15 where I was at Beststart would be a good rate of pay for a qualified. Where is the justice in this discrepancy. We know: little children so cheap woman’s work. Simon Bridges even thinks his wife could do the work but he did not say he could. Even when little children take more looking after than big ones we have this pay disparity. The ECE hours of Child contact mostly 8 hours a day for ECE. Secondary 3 or 4 x 55 minute periods on a busy day. Primary 5 to 6 hours child contact. You can see who has to work the hardest.
    Hugo van Stratum.

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