Dark underbelly of early childhood education
Newsroom - Laura Walters - July 8, 2020

Those working with New Zealand’s youngest citizens say the early childhood education sector is in crisis. Inconsistencies in pay, working conditions and quality of care have been an issue in the sector for years, but teachers say things are getting worse. Covid-19 has highlighted ...

Matariki: Howick Kindergarten’s shining stars
Times Online - July 7, 2020

Throughout the month of June, Howick Kindergarten has been celebrating Matariki. Head Teacher Leonie Kelly said over the last few weeks the children have been involved in several learning experiences related to welcoming in the Maori New Year. The teachers ...

'Ethnic prejudice' alleged in smacking complaint against Korean daycare teacher
NZ Herald - Simon Collins - July 7, 2020

A student teacher has been accused of ethnic prejudice after complaining that a Korean early childhood teacher smacked her own 1-year-old daughter. The student teacher, who was on her first day of practical experience in an Auckland childcare centre, said ...

Rules to reduce choking risk in childcare centres delayed due to Covid-19
1news Phil Pennington, rnz.co.nz - July 6, 2020

Officials began looking at whether to make the risk-reduction guidelines mandatory after a Rotorua family went public about their son, who choked in 2016 and is now badly brain damaged. The Education Ministry said it had expected to bring in changes before now, but...

Tauranga early learning centres become inspired
Sunlive - July 6, 2020

Two Tauranga early learning centres have joined the Inspired Kindergartens whanau as of this month. Mount Plunket Preschool in Mount Maunganui and OPEYS Education and Care Centre in Otūmoetai have transferred from Plunket to Inspired Kindergartens. The move follows ...

Parents of toddler left brain damaged say agencies' actions 'unbelievable'
RNZ - Phil Pennington - July 6, 2020

"Useless", "biased", and "misleading"; that is how the parents of a Rotorua toddler left brain damaged after choking on a slice of apple at a childcare centre, describe WorkSafe's investigation and its handling of their complaints. WorkSafe rebuffs this, saying it did a thorough job...

Choosing childcare: A day in the life of an early childhood teacher
NZ Herald - Nick Batley, Glenfield Early Learning Centre - July 4, 2020

I left school in 1996 to work in the printing and bindery industry, but at the age of 29 in mid-2009 I was made redundant as the industry was at a low and I was no longer needed where I was employed. I was at a time in my life where change needed to happen, so I decided to...

Choosing childcare: How to decide what's best for your child
NZ Herald - Simon Collins - July 4, 2020

Keryn Grogan tried every kind of childcare for her two children, but realised in the end that it came down to love. Her son Xavier, now 7, stayed at a playcentre until he started school because Grogan worked only part-time and was able to spend time at the playcentre with him...

'Freak accident' at daycare left 4-year-old with 'split' eyeball, vision loss
Stuff - Hannah Martin - July 4, 2020

A child may struggle with her vision for the rest of her life after her eyeball was “split corner-to-corner” in a “freak accident”. In February 2019, Skyla McDonald, then 4, from Auckland, was at daycare when an object hit her in her right eye. Mum Michelle Bartlett is telling their story...

Union says loophole means some early childhood teachers won't get pay rise
1 news - Imogen Wells - July 3, 2020

The $151 million earmarked in this year’s Budget was supposed to go towards pay increases, but the NZEI said a loophole means some of the cash is getting spent elsewhere. On May 21, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins said the funding was earmarked to improve teachers' ...

Rotorua childcare centres have fun putting together pātaka kai
NZ Herald - Shauni James, Rotorua Weekender - July 3, 2020

Local childcare centres have been working hard to make a difference in the community, and help ensure people don't go hungry, by setting up pātaka kai. Pātaka kai means storehouse pantry in te reo Māori. These pātaka kai allow locals to either donate food/goods or...

Choosing childcare: Price war for children as new daycare centres open just as attendance plummets
NZ Herald - Simon Collins - July 3, 2020

Even before the Covid-19 lockdown, a price war for children was raging on Auckland's northwestern fringe. After the lockdown, the price war has only intensified, as explosive growth of new daycare centres planned before Covid comes to fruition at a time when demand has...

Early Childhood Services Do Strive To Increase Pay For All Staff
Scoop - Press Release Early Childhood New Zealand - July 2, 2020

From 1 July 2020, education and care services will receive the additional funding through a 2.3% increase in their subsidy rates. Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the funding was specifically for early learning services to improve the pay of up to 17,000 qualified teachers...

Choosing childcare: Can you afford daycare for another child?
NZ Herald - Tamsyn Parker - July 1, 2020

Private centre, home-based care, playcentre, kindergarten … the world of early childhood education is a complex and often expensive minefield. No wonder parents and caregivers are overwhelmed when it comes to the best options for under 5s. With most mums and dads...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Childcare teachers' hours cut due to Covid fears
NZ Herald - Simon Collins - June 30, 2020

Childcare teachers working for Evolve Education have been asked to move on to flexible-hours contracts which their union says are illegal. The company, which reported a $13.3 million loss in the year to March 31 last week, has been hit by lower attendance rates as some parents...