Leadership & Service Management
7 simple ideas for helping children build resilience in a stressful world.
Find out how Learning Notes have improved communication and accountability at Maungaraki Kindergarten.
Learn how to use reflective practice to overcome your feelings of tiredness and exhaustion.
Six strategies to help early educators manage their stress response, which can be practised in the workplace.
Research from the early childhood sector has found high levels of despondency among educators associated with pay rates and staff retention.
Four effective strategies for retaining your early education and care staff which don’t require an additional financial outlay.
Casa Dei Bambini Montessori Preschool, in Christchurch, is known as the preschool in the park as it survived the earthquakes and is now surrounded by parkland.
Four strategies for conducting productive, non-confrontational staff evaluations with early education teams for managers and service directors.
With COVID-19 vaccinations underway, this article discusses the rights of early education workers when it comes to vaccinations.
Ten top tips for becoming a more reflective early educator, the habit of pausing to think about everyday interactions and how they can be improved.
Early childhood expert Adrian Pattra offers 10 ideas for directors wanting to improve their team meetings and use them as a forum to inspire and motivate staff.
Psychologist Nicole Nossiter, the founder of Growing Strong Minds, explains how early childhood educators can support the wellbeing of young children through positive psychology.
Early learning services were required to rapidly rethink engagement strategies in light of the COVID-19 lockdown, what lessons were learnt?
Adrian Pattra from Farran Street Education explains how early childhood managers can better recognise what educators need to successfully navigate through and adapt to change.
ShakeOut is NZ’s annual earthquake and tsunami safety drill. Learn how to get involved and about the range of resources available to support early educators to teach children about earthquakes.
After a spate of break-ins in early childhood centres, this article offers suggestions for reviewing and implementing simple and effective crime and vandalism prevention strategies.
A range of simple, cost effective strategies early childhood service managers can use to boost team morale and wellbeing during times of change and uncertainty.
The government is encouraging early education services to display QR codes at entrance and reception areas to make it easier to track people in the event of another COVID-19 breakout.
This article discusses a range of Ministry of Education scholarships and support schemes available to support early childhood educators to work more effectively with children with additional needs.
Interaction with animals offers children a range of developmental opportunities and benefits, this article explains the range of services available to give children this experience without committing to a service pet.
Strategies for supporting the health and wellbeing of early education and care providers over the long months of winter to avoid burnout.
Recent changes to government policy mean the introduction of mandatory minimum qualifications standards for home based educators.
Strategies for addressing the digitally empowered parent head on.
The 15 main reasons why young children bite and what educators can do about it.
Play ‘n’ Lean offers tips on how early education centres can improve design to boost the learning end developmental opportunities for children and make the working day easier.
Learn how to reboot and revive your enrolment strategy by taking a close look at the effectiveness of your tours and how well you are engaging families.
Learn how preschool-aged children use language to think and learn in this contribution by paediatric speech pathologists Tania Kelly and Janice Zee, directors of Little Birdie Books.
Four questions you should never ask during a job interview and tips for running a great interview.
The Ministry of Education ECE census offers a picture of the state of play in the early learning sector and gather datas to inform the policy making process.
With NZ likely to be at Alert Level 2 for some time, this article is a reminder what that looks like in early learning services and what hygiene procedures need to be adhered to at this level of operation.
Steps educators can take to reduce their risk of injury at work and care for their body.
Budget 2020 offered good news for centre based early childhood educators with a pay increase, designed to move them towards parity with teachers in other areas of education.
Early learning portfolios fulfil operating requirements and become treasured memories for many families. Learn the pros and cons of digital portfolios and the more traditional paper portfolio.
Early childhood expert Nicole Halton from Inspired EC says high quality educators have wide ranging skills and experiences which should not be judged by age or parental status.
Free online courses that can be undertaken in an educator’s own time and at their own pace offering invaluable new skills.
How to manage tricky conversations to ensure great outcomes for children, parents and service providers.
The keys to becoming a better early childhood leader and what the benefits are.
Is there a role for robots when it comes to caring for and educating young children.
9 simple ways to improve self care practices and boost wellbeing in your early childhood service.
The safety of children in early childhood settings is an operational priority and recent media coverage on accidents and oversights is a timely reminder to review health and safety obligations.
Partnerships between an early childhood centre and families can reduce social disadvantage, improve child outcomes and increase social inclusion.
This Marketing Guide for the Early Childhood Sector outlines a range of simple strategies for boosting the profile of your service.
Converting lookers into bookers at your early childhood service.
Making a great first impression on families and to how to run a professional and informative tour, which leads to touring families converting to enrolments.
Tips for communicating tricky topics effectively with families.
Interview questions to make staff recruitment easier and more effective for managers.
One of the most challenging, time consuming, and subsequently costly elements of running an early childhood centre is the recruitment, training, and retention of quality staff members.
Tried and tested staff retention strategies that may work to reduce attrition rates in your service.
Stress management strategies for early childhood educators, to boost wellbeing and avoid burnout.
According to Child Forum, only 1.8 per cent of all early childhood education and care workers in New Zealand are male. Why is this figure still so low?
Positive partnerships with parents are based on effective and regular communication work to ensure the best outcomes for children.
Atract the right staff to your early education service without breaking the bank.
Attracting families to your service: Gone are the days when families defaulted to the provider closest to them.
Encouraging the parents in your services to write ratings and reviews for your CareforKids.co.nz profile is an effective way to spread the word about your centre.
The Ministry of Education downgraded more than 300 early childhood education centres across NZ in 2017 and 2018 after identifying operational problems.
What is it about teachers, that can improve student learning?
Boosting motivation levels among educators who go above and beyond their job descriptions each and every day.