Banks Peninsula community rallying to save its only preschool from closure
Stuff - Jody O'Callaghan - July 19, 2021

The race is on to find new owners for the only preschool available to families in Akaroa and surrounding bays. The community will hold a meeting on Monday night to find a way to keep the Banks Peninsula Plunket Community Preschool ...

'Crumbs': Claim lodged over minimum wage for kōhanga reo teachers
NZ Herald - Taroi Black, Maori Television - July 11, 2021

Teacher aides in mainstream childhood centres on minimum wage earn more than most kōhanga reo kaiako / kaimahi who say they earn "crumbs" and are now seeking pay equity. The largest education trade union, the New Zealand Educational Institute – Te Riu Roa is hosting ...

Peter Reynolds To Step Down As Early Childhood Council CEO
Scoop - Early Childhood Council - July 9, 2021

After more than a decade leading the Early Childhood Council, CEO Peter Reynolds announced he is to step down at the Council’s Annual General Meeting this evening. “Leading the ECC in partnership with the Executive has been my absolute pleasure, and it’s with great regret ...

Health authorities slow with RSV advice during outbreak, childcare centres say

NZ Herald - Sophie Trigger - July 8, 2021Wellington childcare centres are concerned they've only just received official information about the highly contagious winter virus RSV, when children have been off sick for weeks. The recent respiratory syncytial virus outbreak has put ...

Winter virus impacting short-staffed early childhood sector
TVNZ 1 news - Brooke Hunter - July 8, 2021

As sickness swirls through schools and early education providers, it’s not just children that are being forced to call in absent. Children's attendance dropped noticeably last week, compared to the week prior, as a wave of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) sees hospitals around the country ...

Parents nervous about daycare centres as RSV spreads
RNZ - Liu Chen - July 7, 2021

Hospitals all over the country are being overwhelmed with children suffering the flu-like Respiratory Syncytial Virus, also known as RSV. Starship in Auckland is postponing surgeries to make room for the influx, and some hospitals are limiting the visits of children to try to prevent ...

Two infants in ICU, 'hyper-sanitation' in childcare centres following spike in winter illnesses
NZ Herald - Sophie Trigger - July 6, 2021

Two infants are in ICU in Wellington Hospital following a peak in respiratory illnesses in recent days. Around 100 children have been admitted to Wellington Regional Hospital with RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus) over the past four weeks, with 20 children currently in hospital ...

Crisis: Early childhood teachers hard to find
Wairarapa Times Age - Tom Taylor - July 5, 2021

Wairarapa’s teachers and centre managers say that pay parity with kindergarten and school teachers will help to ease the pressure, but it is only part of a broader solution. After many years working as a qualified teacher, lecturer, and education adviser with Kahungunu ki Wairarapa ...

Kindergarten group Whānau Manaaki falls victim to Kaseya ransomware attack
Stuff - Tom Pullar-Strecker - July 5, 2021

Kindergarten group Whānau Manaaki, which operates 101 kindergartens in the central and lower North Island, has fallen victim to the global Kaseya ransomware attack. Chief executive Amanda Coulston said computers at its Porirua headquarters had been infected with ransomware.

World-class Wellington: Storypark's exciting new chapter
Stuff - Rob Mitchell - July 5, 2021

As a personal mission statement, it takes some beating. “I’m not too interested in how much money I earn before I die; I’m more interested in how can I help create as many moments that are less shit for as many people as possible.” His mother would probably bristle at that ...

Crowds come out in cold to celebrate Matariki
Otago Daily Times - Tracey Roxburgh - July 5, 2021

Hundreds of families braved bitter temperatures in Arrowtown yesterday afternoon to celebrate Matariki and raise money for the Arrowtown Preschool’s extension. As soon as the sun disappeared from Buckingham Green, the mercury dropped several degrees, but mulled wine ...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Border to open to overseas qualified teachers, Hipkins says
NZ Herald - July 3, 2021

The door is being opened to 300 overseas qualified teachers to come to New Zealand under a new class border exception, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Teachers already employed in New Zealand, but who left the country and were unable to return to their job after ...

Childcare centres at risk of staff shortage due to 'unreliable' police vetting
NZ Herald - Rachel Maher and Jayden Holmes - July 1, 2021

Childcare centres say they are at risk of being understaffed and unable to properly look after kids because of the police's "notoriously slow" vetting for workers. Some Auckland providers are waiting for up to six weeks for checks and Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft...

Lunch break in their cars: Early childhood educators 'broken in mind, body and heart'
Stuff - Susan Bates - June 29, 2021

OPINION: NZEI Te Riu Roa (the New Zealand Educational Institute) reports more than 500 vacancies for early childhood education (ECE) teachers despite the Government's recent and welcome decision to lift their income. But the trouble in ECE-land is not just money going into ...

Mana In Mahi Is Working As A Career Path For Jobseekers Into ECE
Scoop - Early Childhood New Zealand - June 29, 2021

A new programme has been launched to help unemployed people become early childhood teachers, and it’s working. The Mana in Mahi | Strength in Work ECE programme is a partnership between Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ) and the Ministry of ...