Toddler behaviour hardest hit during Covid-19 lockdowns, survey finds
Stuff - Serena Solomon - October 19, 2020

Charlotte Gurnell’s three-year-old daughter regressed in her potty training and invented an imaginary friend. The tantrums of Olivia Rysenbry’s normally sweet-natured, 3-year-old daughter intensified. Victoria Gray’s 3-year-old son switched to a short attention span and didn’t play as well ...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Breath test device developed, Dunedin childcare staff try it out
NZ Herald - John Lewis, Otago Daily Times - October 10, 2020

A prototype breath analysing device which can instantly detect if a person has Covid-19 was on display in Dunedin yesterday, and could be a "game-changer" in how we live in the world with the virus. New Zealand distributor of the device was at the Jade Star Childcare and Learning Centre...

PMG Fully Subscribes Investment Offer; Fastest In Property Funds Manager’s History
Scoop - Press Release: PMG Property Fund - September 30, 2020

Property funds manager PMG Property Funds Management Limited has (PMG) fully subscribed an Offer in its PMG Direct Childcare Fund within 36 hours of the Offer going live. PMG Chief Executive Officer Scott McKenzie says the Offer in its PMG Direct Childcare Fund – a category ...

Te Rito Maioha (ECNZ) Signs A Virtual MoU With UAE’s Higher Colleges Of Technology
Scoop - Press Release: HCT - September 28, 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) will collaborate with New Zealand’s Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand to develop an enhanced version of its Bachelor degree programme in Early Childhood Education, after the two organizations...

Judith Collins targets younger demographic - at daycare - with fist-bumps and advice on drinking milk
1 news - September 24, 2020

Judith Collins met today with a younger demographic by visiting the Gisborne daycare centre BestStart Lytton, where she was warmly welcomed by the children. During the visit, the National leader fist-bumped one of the children, spoke about the importance of milk and told 1 NEWS ...

Border closure shuts out manager for new childcare centres with 86 planned staff
NZ Herald - September 23, 2020

A British childcare manager has been blocked from entering New Zealand just before the opening of three childcare centres with 86 new staff who would have worked for her. Angela Foley, an experienced early childhood centre manager, was recruited by Auckland-based New Shoots ...

Meals at kindergarten the only food some preschoolers get in a day
Stuff NZ - Josephine Franks - September 23, 2020

It used to be common for children at Te Papapa Preschool to turn up with a fried egg and half an apple in their lunchbox. Centre manager Liz Ferris would look in their sibling’s lunchbox and find the other half of the apple. On other days they would arrive with nothing to eat for the day...

Fourteen Hawke's Bay early childhood centres on the waitlist for KidsCan help
NZ Herald - Shannon Johnstone, Hawkes Bay Today - September 22, 2020

Almost double the number of early childhood centres in Hawke's Bay that KidsCan currently helps are on a waitlist for assistance. KidsCan say early childhood education centres around the country are reporting an increasing number of children arriving without enough food...

Preschool poverty: Kids turning up with no food or shoes
NZ Herald - Nikki Preston - September 21, 2020

A young girl saved her sandwich crusts from daycare and wrapped them up to take home to her mummy - just one of the desperate measures families are taking as they struggle to make ends meet due the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Other babies and young children...

Research shows a unhealthy sleep routine in children increases their risk of obesity
NZ City - September 20, 2020

An Auckland University study reveals obesity in preschool children is linked to their behaviour towards sleep, eating and play time. But Researcher Samantha Marsh says some young children find bedtime upsetting, because they miss their parents. Marsh advises setting a timer ...

Early learning centres 'reluctant to charge any more of a fee to parents than is necessary'
RNZ - September 19, 2020

Many early learning centres are looking to draw on their own cash-strapped resources to survive Covid-19, rather than increasing fees for parents. A survey by the Early Childhood Council showed while a quarter would consider raising fees, just under half wouldn't. Early learning...

Labour Promise To Extend Sick Leave Will Have Huge Impact In Early Childhood Education
Scoop - Press Release: NZEI Te Riu Roa - September 19, 2020

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming Labour's announcement today that it would double minimum sick leave entitlements to 10 days per year if returned to Government. President Liam Rutherford says inadequate sick leave is an issue across the education sector, particularly in early childhood ...

'Alarming' increase in early childhood care complaints
Otago Daily Times - John Lewis - September 18, 2020

Complaints about Otago and Southland early childhood education centres (ECEs) have more than doubled in the past year, Ministry of Education data shows. The New Zealand Educational Institute says the "alarming rise" highlights under-resourcing of the sector, but the Ministry ...

Inquest into childcare death of Aldrich Viju: Heartbreaking details revealed
NZ Herald - Joey Dwyer - September 17, 2020

Childcare teacher Jiae Kwon had just finished playing with a group of children when a little girl came over and said one of the boys "was sleeping and won't wake up". That boy was 4-year-old Aldrich Viju who died at Angels Childcare Centre after being strangled by a cord...

Kiwi kids who go to childcare tend to make friends easier: new study
NZ Herald - Ben Leahy - September 17, 2020

Kiwi kids who go to early childhood education centres tend to make friends easier but are also likely to get sick more often, new research has found. Exactly what effects early childhood learning has on a child's emotional development and wellbeing have long been debated by academics...