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Bungle over new Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 5:35 pm | ChildForum

A new early childhood curriculum replacing the current ‘Te Whāriki’ document has been published on the Ministry of Education website -- without prior announcement until its release today and near the eve of the long Easter weekend and the start ... More >>

Early Childhood Education target missed

Friday, 3 February 2017, 10:41 am | ChildForum

After all the effort and money spent towards getting 98% participation in early childhood education, the target has been missed, Education Minister Hekia Parata suggests. More >>

Tree Incident Rare And Horrific

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 9:38 am | ChildForum

The accident at Discoveries Educare in Auckland where several toddlers were injured, one critically, after a tree fell in high winds was a rare and horrific event and one that every early childhood centre around the country will never want to happen, ... More >>

ECE spending increase won’t fix problems

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:46 pm | ChildForum

While the 2016 Budget announced that the early childhood education (ECE) sector will receive $397million over the next four years and $39million this year, the money is earmarked to cover the costs of larger numbers of children attending ECE and does ... More >>

Flag referendum final results when polling preschoolers

Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 11:12 am | ChildForum

Press Release: ChildForum Early Childhood Network While adults across New Zealand have been deciding on the country’s potential new flag, ChildForum has given a group of young children the chance to pick their favourite. More >>

Concerns Remain for Children in Early Childhood Education

Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 12:13 pm | ChildForum

Wellington – There is growing concern about quality in the early childhood education and the government’s lack of adequate response to a recent survey on teachers’ views is quite alarming, ChildForum says. More >>

National win will not benefit Early Childhood Education

Monday, 22 September 2014, 12:10 pm | ChildForum

The election outcome does not bode well for the care of children and the early childhood education sector which sees little positive change in the near future. Promises for improving the sector were made on the hustings and the more vibrant ones were made ... More >>

Spotlight on ECE Participation for the Most Disadvantaged

Thursday, 19 June 2014, 5:18 pm | ChildForum

Wellington – A report released today by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) supports concerns held by many in the early childhood sector that Government policy puts too much emphasis on simply getting under-5s into care without ensuring that issues fundamental ... More >>

Data on Early Childhood Education complaints released

Friday, 6 June 2014, 12:23 pm | ChildForum

The Ministry of Education has released this week a summary of data on the number and type of complaints made against early childhood education services in 2013. ChildForum chief executive Dr Sarah Farquhar says this gives an important message to parents, ... More >>

Children in early childhood education lose out in Budget

Friday, 16 May 2014, 11:34 am | ChildForum

There is little to cheer the early childhood education sector in this year’s Budget, despite an apparent increase in funding, early childhood national network ChildForum says. More >>

Ministry’s move on complaints a step in the right direction

Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 12:07 pm | ChildForum

The Ministry of Education says it intends to release information about complaints brought against early childhood education services to the public, but this is just a small step in the right direction, says early childhood network ChildForum. More >>

Returning to work mothers prefer known carer in the home

Thursday, 6 March 2014, 2:45 pm | ChildForum

Mothers returning to paid work after the birth of their first child prefer their child to be cared for in the home by a known person but this is not always a choice for many, says Dr Wendy Boyd, keynote speaker at the NZ Early Childhood Research ... More >>

NZ early education sector one of the most sexist in world

Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 9:02 am | ChildForum

New Zealand’s early childhood education system is one of the most sexist in the world with far too few men teaching in the sector and the Government has no immediate plans to correct the imbalance. More >>

Optimism in the early childhood sector is disappearing

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 12:55 pm | ChildForum

Optimism in the early childhood education sector is sinking further, according to the latest ChildForum survey of ECE sector confidence and activity. More >>

Problems with quality control in the early childhood sector

Thursday, 10 October 2013, 9:01 am | ChildForum

A child at an early childhood centre was left in a swing to go to sleep and ended up with rope burn and bruising to the forehead. More >>

ChildForum Early Childhood Network

Thursday, 27 June 2013, 10:07 am | ChildForum

Confidence in the early childhood education sector remains low, according to a new survey by national early childhood network, ChildForum. More >>

New guide explains legal requirements in plain English

Friday, 26 October 2012, 10:30 am | ChildForum

Did you know that if you are in a management position and use copyrighted material illegally you are liable for a fine of up to $150,000 and up to five years in prison, or that if you do not provide an employee with a signed contract before they start ... More >>

Reducing child poverty welcome but more debate is needed

Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 5:17 pm | ChildForum

There are very real and serious risks for children in the early years of life as kids are particularly vulnerable to severe and persistent poverty thus affecting their future wellbeing, the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG) ... More >>

Government Early Childhood Education plan short-sighted

Thursday, 23 August 2012, 2:05 pm | ChildForum

The Government’s Better Public Service Action Plan target to have 98% of all of NZ’s children in early childhood education before starting school is short-sighted and could well backfire resulting in worse health, behaviour, and learning outcomes ... More >>

Margaret Mahy – A Tribute from NZ Early Childhood Community

Wednesday, 25 July 2012, 5:26 pm | ChildForum

A literary hero for kiwi kids, Margaret Mahy, will be sadly missed, early childhood and education news network ChildForum says. While her sparkling stories leap off the printed page and are enjoyed immensely by children of all ages she will be warmly ... More >>



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