New Zealand orders health workers, education staff jabbed by January
The Age - Nick Perry - October 11, 2021

Wellington, New Zealand: Most of New Zealand’s health care workers and teachers will soon be legally required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. A new mandate compels doctors, pharmacists, community nurses and many other health care workers to be...

Will vaccines be mandatory for teachers? Decision due on 'divisive issue'
Stuff NZ - Ellen O'Dwyer - October 11, 2021

In early childhood education, children are highly vulnerable to getting this strain of Covid-19. They cannot be protected from it, there’s no immunisation made available to younger children. Staff cannot wear face coverings and socially distance, it would be...

ECE teachers essential workers in all but name
Newsroom - Dr Sue Cherrington - October 7, 2021

Returning to work amidst the outbreak of the Delta variant, early childhood teachers must be recognised as essential workers - and remunerated as such, writes Dr Sue Cherrington. The Prime Minister’s reopening of early childhood education (ECE) services...

Covid-19 Delta Outbreak: Auckland parents left disappointed after early childhood spots filled up
NZ Herald - Amy Wiggins - October 6, 2021

Less than half of the children enrolled in daycare centres around Auckland have been able to go back today, leaving many parents disappointed, according to the Early Childhood Council. Phase One of Auckland's move out of level 3 restrictions was announced...

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Early childcare reopening - no limit to bubble numbers as long as they fit safely
NZ Herald - Dubby Henry - October 6, 2021

The Ministry of Education is spelling out how the phased reopening of Auckland will work for early learning centres. Early learning services will be open to all parents, not just those who must work and cannot find another care option for their child, according to...

Paediatricians say Covid risk to pre-school kids is 'low' as daycares reopen
Stuff NZ - Hannah Martin - October 6, 2021

If we want to protect children in early childhood care settings we need to aim to have 100 per cent of the adults around them – including parents and teachers – vaccinated, an expert says. As part of the government's plan to slowly ease lockdown restrictions...

Covid-19: What we're learning about Delta outbreaks and children
Stuff NZ - Georgia Forrester - October 6, 2021

Research looking at the transmission of the virus in New South Wales found the vast majority of children who caught the infection during the Australian state’s current outbreak, including at school or at early education centres, experienced mild or no symptoms...

10 child per bubble limit sees some Auckland early childhood centres hit capacity
1 News - Corazon Miller - October 5, 2021

Early childhood education centres across Auckland say they have virtually no more physical space to open their doors to children beyond those of essential workers that they are already caring for. On Monday the Government announced all ECE facilities...

Government Causing Chaos In Early Learning Sector
Scoop - October 5, 2021

The Prime Minister’s ill-considered announcement yesterday claiming more children could return to early learning centres in Auckland from tomorrow has caused chaos in the sector, National’s Early Childhood Education spokesperson Erica Stanford says...

Covid-19: No guarantee teachers are jabbed, no way to find out if they are
Stuff NZ - Josephine Franks - October 5, 2021

When early childhood centres reopen more widely on Wednesday, parents will have no guarantee teachers are vaccinated, and no way of checking if they are. Speaking on Breakfast on Tuesday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said the education...

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Early Childhood Council calls for clarity before opening on Wednesday
NZ Herald - Zoe Holland - October 4, 2021

Early childhood education will reopen this week, with limits of groups of 10 in a bubble and infection control processes. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the reopening of early childhood education was part of the three-step plan that would allow...

Early childhood centres to reopen in Auckland
TVNZ - October 4, 2021

Though Auckland is remaining in Level 3, the region’s early childhood centres are set to reopen to everyone from Wednesday, and schools can return after the holidays. Jacinda Ardern on Monday announced Auckland would not be moving down a level...

Covid-19: Early childhood sector split over whether reopening in Auckland is a good idea
Stuff NZ - Josephine Franks - October 4, 2021

Childcare centres will reopen at step one of Auckland’s roadmap out of lockdown, but questions remain over how risks will be managed and whether it’s a good idea. Early childhood education (ECE) centres will be able to open for more children from Wednesday...

Property Investors Come In To Play As Brand-new Daycare Centre Goes Up For Sale
Scoop - October 4, 2021

The freehold land and day care facility premises which will accommodate the Morrinsville Early Learning Village being built on the corner of Lockerbie Street and Fairway Drive are now being marketed for sale at auction on October 28 through Bayleys Hamilton...

75% Of Early Learning Providers Worse Off By Accepting Pay Parity Offer
Scoop - September 30, 2021

The government’s early learning teacher Pay Parity offer is failing to deliver on its promise, with three quarters of surveyed providers saying they’d be worse off by opting in. Damning feedback shows the offer designed to close the gap between kindergarten...