Whakatāne early childhood centre wins dental challenge
Bay of Plenty Times - November 19, 2019

A Whakatāne early childhood centre has been flashing its pearly whites after taking first place in an annual oral health challenge. Early childhood education centres across the Eastern Bay were invited to take part in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's annual World Oral Health Day...

Pay parity, equity issues underlined at ECE rally
The Gisborne Herald - November 18, 2019

Children are being shortchanged by government underfunding . . . that was the central message of an early childhood education rally on Saturday. A teacher shortage, class sizes and pay parity due to underfunding and under-resourcing were issues underlined by more than 40 teachers...

Discoveries Educare teacher censured for growing cannabis in 2013
NZ Herald - Simon Collins - November 18, 2019

A West Auckland childcare teacher has been censured for growing cannabis six years ago and not disclosing it to the Teaching Council. Lianne Kem, a teacher at Discoveries Educare in Henderson, was convicted and discharged in the District Court in 2013 on a charge of cultivating cannabis...

Durie Hill Kindergarten's colour chaos fun walk raised funds for upcoming projects
NZ Herald - Lucy Drake, Whanganui Chronicle - November 18, 2019

Whanganui families went crazy for colour as they spent a Sunday afternoon walking around Virginia Lake. Organised by Durie Hill Kindergarten, the colour chaos fun walk fundraiser was a big success. One hundred and fifty people of all ages came out to meet at the punch bowl...

Overwhelmed charities say child poverty in NZ as high as ever
Stuff - Cate Broughton - November 17, 2019

KidsCan, which supports children in low-decile schools by providing food and other basic needs, had also seen continued high demand for its support, chief executive and founder Julie Chapman said. In the past five years the number of schools supported has almost doubled, from 388 to 740...

Researchers uncover that sense of belonging comes through early childhood education
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 15, 2019

Two major New Zealand studies have placed immigrant and refugee children at the centre of the resettlement process in the country, researching how early childhood education can help refugees find a sense of belonging in Aotearoa, and sustain a sense of belonging in home countries...

Early Childcare Education needs action, not debate – Early Childhood Council
The Daily Blog - November 15, 2019

The Early Childhood Council is calling on the government to not take their eye off the ball while working on the future of education. “With an Early Childcare Education teacher shortage and widening pay disparity facing our sector today, it’s time for action, not words. You can’t ...

National to focus on quality early childhood education
Scoop NZ - Press Release: New Zealand National Party - November 13, 2019

National is focused on lifting the quality of early childhood education, National’s Early Childhood Education spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “It’s important our children receive quality education in their early years as this sets them up for primary school onwards...

Early childhood teachers call for improved pay and work conditions
Stuff - George Heagney - November 12, 2019

Early childhood teachers are demanding improved conditions in the sector. The New Zealand Educational Institute union has launched a campaign to fix what it calls a pay gap in early childhood education. Primary, secondary and kindergarten teachers have all reached collective...

Biggest overhaul of school system in 30 years
Stuff - Henry Cooke - November 12, 2019

The Government is undertaking the biggest overhaul of the education system in 30 years, dramatically reducing the amount of independent power schools have to govern. While it has backed away from an earlier proposal to transfer most power from boards of trustees to regional hubs...

A brand-new, fully furnished Napier childcare centre is seemingly abandoned. Why?
NZ Herald - Blair Voorend, Hawkes Bay Today

It's a brand new fully furnished commercial building in a high-profile Napier site: there's just one problem - it's abandoned. At the bottom of Chaucer Rd South sits a brand new shipping container-style modular building seemingly set up as a childcare centre. It's worth roughly $2 million...

'Stressed' Hawke's Bay early childhood teachers plead with Government for pay fairness, better conditions
NZ Herald - November 8, 2019

Early childhood education teachers in Hawke's Bay say the region is staring down the barrel of a "chronic shortage" of qualified staff. They are part of a nationwide campaign launched by the NZEI teachers union in Napier...

Hipkins promises early childhood sector support is on way - next year
Stuff - Henry Cooke - November 8, 2019

An increasingly frustrated early childhood sector has been promised more support. Education Minister Chris Hipkins was handed a petition with more than 8000 signatures in Wellington on Monday from early childhood teachers calling on the Government to fulfil promises it made...

Early childhood teachers deserve more cash - and kudos
Stuff - November 8, 2019

EDITORIAL: A teacher in an early childhood centre, after three years' study, can be paid as little as half as much as essentially the same person, with the same qualification, teaching children barely a few weeks and months older at a primary school. That's the reality for many in the ECE sector...

South Canterbury kindergartens to stay open over term breaks from 2020
Stuff - Esther Ashby-Coventry - November 7, 2019

News that South Canterbury kindergartens are no longer closing for term breaks from next year has been greeted with enthusiasm from parents and teachers. South Canterbury Kindergarten Association general manager Dave Hawkey said the decision was made to meet the demand...