Tamariki In ECE Services Come Off Second Best In Budget 2022
Scoop - May 20, 2022

Early childhood teachers will be celebrating another step towards pay parity in this year’s Budget – but there’s still no parity for tamariki in early childhood education services, or their whānau. “After being forgotten in last year’s Budget, we’re very pleased that experienced ECE...

Little Comfort For Early Childhood Education In This Year’s Budget
Scoop - May 19, 2022

Early childhood education services that are already financially stressed and struggling to retain teachers are unlikely to find much to smile about in this year’s Budget. A cost adjustment to funding rates may be welcome news for ECE business owners worried about diminishing...

Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens Welcomes Budget Focus On Families
Scoop - May 19, 2022

One of the country’s largest early childhood services, Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens, welcomes the focus on families in today’s budget, but says that early childhood funding increases won’t keep pace with inflation. The government has announced a 2.75 per cent...

Early Learning Forgotten In Government Attendance Push
Scoop - May 11, 2022

A pre-budget announcement of $88 million to address school attendance has completely ignored early learning. If the Government was serious about improving educational attendance they’d start at its foundation with more investment in early childhood education...

International Appointments And Research To Advance Early Childhood Education
Scoop Education - May 4, 2022

New academic appointments and collaborative research have cemented an international relationship to advance early childhood education knowledge and practice. UNITAR International University of Malaysia has appointed two academic staff of Te Rito Maioha Early...

Early Childhood Education Sector In Crisis – Pre-Budget Survey Reveals
Scoop Education - May 2, 2022

More people than ever in the early childhood education (ECE) sector think it is heading in the wrong direction and that there will be no improvement, at least not over the next 12 months. The quality of ECE for children in the sector has worsened. The sector is also...

'Child-farming': Office of Early Childhood Education survey's bleak results
NZ Herald - Melissa Nightingale - May 2, 2022

Early childhood educators say the state of the sector is going downhill and have little faith in where the Government is taking them. "Child farming," a sector "heading backwards", and "ECE is a train wreck" are some of the comments that have come out of the annual...

Fear the Government's Fair Pay Agreements won’t work for early childhood teachers
Stuff - Gabrielle McCulloch - April 18, 2022

Key figures in the education sector fear the Government's Fair Pay Agreements won’t be enough to achieve pay parity for early childhood teachers. The heads of the New Zealand Education Institute and the national early childhood education body have both said the...

Horowhenua childcare centre reducing its waste at kai time
Stuff - Adam Blackwell - April 1, 2022

A Horowhenua early childhood education centre is working hard to keep kai time clean. Learning Links in Levin has a goal of reducing the amount of plastic packaging in lunch boxes, and minimising the amount of waste that makes it into the rubbish bin. Learning...

New Employment Law Will Boost Quality Of Early Childhood Education
Scoop - March 29, 2022

NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes the introduction of the Fair Pay Agreements Bill to Parliament, with Early Childhood Education set to be among the first sectors to be covered. “This is an opportunity for kaiako and kaimahi to lock in the fair pay and working conditions they deserve...

Teacher Fee Increase Puts More Stress On ECE Because Of Inadequate Government Funding
Scoop - March 29, 2022

Doubling teacher registration fees will place more stress on early childhood education because the Government has not made good on promises to fund fair pay for ECE kaiako. “As a membership organisation of ECE services and kaiako, we’re hearing serious pain and concern...

Unvaccinated teachers could remain barred from some jobs when mandate ends
RNZ - John Gerritsen - March 24, 2022

Unvaccinated teachers could remain barred from some jobs when the vaccine mandate for schools and early childhood services ends in 12 days. The Ministry of Education has told schools they can require Covid-19 vaccination for certain roles even after the government...

International Relationship To Enrich Early Learning Research And Teacher Education
Scoop - March 23, 2022

An international agreement to collaborate on early learning research and teacher education will create new knowledge, fresh thinking and opportunities for ECE students, lecturers and researchers. “Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ is pleased to announce a Memorandum...

RATs more widely available in schools and ECEs
Sun Live - March 18, 2022

Nearly a million more rapid antigen tests are being made available and easier to access in schools and early learning centres, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. Schools, kura and early learning centres will now be provided with rapid antigen tests to give to symptomatic...

RATs in schools will up student attendance, 'bring down anxiety levels'
RNZ - John Gerritsen - March 16, 2022

Schools and early childhood centres hope hundreds of thousands of rapid antigen tests (RATs) will keep attendance up. The government has announced that it will send nearly a million test kits to schools and early learning services for staff, children and families with...