Extra hour's sleep slashes preschoolers' obesity risk: Growing Up in NZ study
NZ Herald - Emma Russell - February 24, 2020

An extra hour's sleep each night can slash a preschooler's risk of obesity, according to Growing Up in New Zealand (GUNZ) research. Researchers of our country's largest longitudinal study of child development have found sleep is crucial to protecting those already "at-risk"...

Obituary: Mandy Coupe remembered for service to early childhood education
Stuff - February 13, 2020

Taranaki educator Mandy Coupe has remembered for her dedication to learning, and helping others learn. Coupe, who lost her battle with cancer on Waitangi Day, made a large and extremely positive contribution to early childhood education in her 49 years...

The Conversation: A little dirt can be a fine thing
NZ Herald - Emily Johnston, Philip Weinstein and Chris Skelly - February 10, 2020

Over the past few decades, allergies and asthma have become common childhood diseases, especially in developed countries. As many as one in five people experience some kind of allergy, whether it's to food, pollen, dust, housemites, mould or animals. We used to think...

Teacher 'super proud' of Kerikeri kindergarten's carbon neutral status
NZ Herald - Jenny Ling, Northern Advocate - February 6, 2020

A little kindy in Kerikeri is making headway in the battle against climate change. Kerikeri Kindergarten recently achieved its goal of becoming carbon neutral after working with Carbon Neutral Kerikeri, a community group set up in 2018 with the aim of making Kerikeri New Zealand's...

School's out ... for 27 schools and 11 early learning services across Southland, Gore and Clutha
NZ City - February 5, 2020

The Ministry of Education say more than four thousand children are off for the day because of the weather conditions. It's urging parents to check directly with education providers - or through schools' social media pages in the days to come...

Flooding hits Southland town amid fears worse to come
Stuff - Rachael Kelly - February 5, 2020

A state of emergency remained in Southland following heavy rain. It was declared by Cook on Tuesday afternoon following Monday's declaration for Milford Sound. Flooding in the district and in West Otago had forced 17 schools and two early childhood centres to close...

Coronavirus: Schools in turmoil on plight of students affected by border closure
NZ Herald - Belinda Feek - February 3, 2020

The country's schools have been put into turmoil after the Government's sudden banning of foreign nationals returning to New Zealand from China. While many schools have kicked off the first term, many students had taken the opportunity to return home to celebrate the Chinese...

Let's cut the length of summer school holidays, they're two weeks too long
Stuff - Jordan Watson - February 2, 2020

OPINION: School holidays are two weeks too long. Six weeks. That's 42 days. That's 1008 hours. As a parent of young kids, that's bloody tough. No, I'm not the school holiday Grinch, but I am a realist. A six-week school holiday is two weeks too many. There are only so many times...

Teacher 'smashed eggs on classroom floor in rage'
NZ Herald - Simon Collins - February 1, 2020

A teacher smashed eggs on the floor of his classroom in a fit of rage, the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has been told. The teacher, who has 21 years of experience in early childhood and primary teaching, has been accused of verbal and physical misconduct against children...

Auckland daycare centre's challenge to hospitality industry over leftover food
Stuff - Torika Tokalau - January 31, 2020

A daycare centre is helping feed hundreds of people in its community with its leftover meals, and it's challenging restaurants to do the same. Angels Childcare Centre in New Lynn, West Auckland, has been leaving leftover children's lunches at food pantries for others...

My kid is starting school, and the reality of being a working mum is sinking in
Stuff - Emily Brookes - January 31, 2020

Here's something several other mums have said to me over the last few months: "It all gets so much easier once they start school." That might be true for mums that don't work, or have a partner who doesn't, or who work part time or very flexi hours. But for me the encroaching advent...

Major breaches found at kindergarten after disabled boy's fall
NZ Herald - RNZ - January 30, 2020

The mother of a young disabled boy badly injured in an accident at a south Auckland kindergarten says there has been no justice for her son, even after the kindergarten was found to have breached multiple health and safety rules. In October 2019, four-year-old Masua Tusa...

Education Ministry, ERO at odds over early childhood service breaches
RNZ - John Gerritsen - January 30, 2020

Documents show the Education Review Office found no rule breaches at an early childhood service even though the Education Ministry wanted to shut it down for multiple failings. The Education review office (ERO) was preparing to give the home-based service a positive review ...

Coronavirus: Ministry tells school hostels to isolate students at risk of having coronavirus
NZ Herald - Simon Collins - January 30, 2020

he Ministry of Education has told school hostels that they must have facilities to isolate students at risk of having coronavirus. New advice posted on the ministry website today says hostels "may need to give consideration to the number of boarders and the facilities" they have...

Preschool teachers doing bar work and babysitting to make ends meet
Stuff NZ - Lee Kenny - January 30, 2020

Could you look after five babies at once? NZ's preschool teachers have one of the toughest jobs in education but some staff feel underpaid and undervalued. Preschool teachers are pulling pints, cutting hair and nannying to make ends meet – while one early education centre...