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Every Child is Worth It – your new early childhood campaign

November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

7 November 2016 I’m very pleased to announce that today we launched our rebranded ECE campaign, Every Child Is Worth It – Better funding for ECE. The new name and design were unveiled at a media event at Hill Street Early Childhood Centre this morning and will support our ongoing…

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Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu ECE Teachers Agreement settled in June 2016

June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu ECE Teachers Agreement negotiations team who settled their agreement this week. It’s a real testament to the collective professional wisdom and agency that the negotiations team bring to the table on behalf of their colleagues.  

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Early childhood education faces yet another funding squeeze in 2016

May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kindergartens and early childhood education services face an even bigger battle to maintain quality teaching and learning following the Budget announcement that there will be no increase in funding. This is the fifth year in a row that funding for early childhood education has effectively been frozen, said NZEI National President…

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Missed opportunity to fund quality ECE

June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Any hope of extra funding to maintain quality standards in the 2015 Budget has disappeared with the announcement of just $74.9 million over four years to cover increased and earlier participation. Centres effectively face a funding cut with no increase in the ECE operations grant to account for inflation. NZEI…

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Submission on the provision of ECE services

December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

On December 8, NZEI Te Riu Roa delivered a submission to the Productivity Commission addressing the provision of ECE services in Aotearoa. The Productivity Commission outlined their inquiry into the provision of a broad range of social services in June 2014. The outline specifically included Early Childhood Education in this…

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The Kindergarten Journey

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

My son was just two-and-a-half years old when he started kindergarten. On his first day, I wondered how my baby would cope being away from me for the first time. I hung around outside for half an hour after dropping him off, half expecting a phone call, before dragging myself…

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Gingerbread men and ECE

March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve discovered a link between gingerbread men and the long term positive impacts of quality ECE.  Seriously.  As I watched my 13 year old, 10 year old and 7 year old kids and their three friends of similar ages all poring over dough and cutters on the weekend, I was…

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Learning environment needs to support young children’s complex development

February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week 12 preschool children from the Adelaide Early Childhood Centre in Wellington, along with their teachers, caught the cable car to Kelburn and the botanical gardens. This experience offered a complex array of learning opportunities that were new to some children while familiar to others. As well as helping…

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Knowing when quality early childhood education happens – a teacher’s experience

February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

I recall a morning when I was teaching in a small rural South Canterbury early childhood centre. It was most likely autumn – the play of light was as warm as the westerly breeze – there were 30 children present aged between a few months and school age, along with…

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Treasuring our Children

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The theme for this year’s Children’s Day on March 2 is “Treasure our Children”. With quality early education central to that theme, NZEI Te Riu Roa is highlighting the importance of qualified teachers for the under fives. We have been targeting community newspapers with articles about local ECE centres and…

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