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Making history for Early Childhood Education

Friday, 6 December 2019, 1:42 pm | ChildForum

This week a petition with more than 15,000 signatures was presented at parliament to Nicola Willis, MP and opposition spokesperson for Early Childhood Education. Also attending were Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick and Hon Nikki Kaye. More >>

Open letter from teachers: Pay parity must be implemented

Monday, 2 December 2019, 1:39 pm | ChildForum

Open letter from teachers: Pay parity must be implemented Monday, 2 December 2019 Press Release:  ChildForum More >>

Early Childhood Teacher Health and Safety Needs Addressing

Monday, 30 April 2018, 9:07 am | ChildForum

A new report concludes that early childhood teaching can be high-risk work with some staff suffering the likes of back injuries from handling children, others experiencing mental health problems and some reporting both. More >>

Education Ministry failing its own standards

Sunday, 8 April 2018, 8:13 pm | ChildForum

Press Release: ChildForum Date: 08/04/2018 Wellington – The Ministry of Education is not meeting its own deadlines in releasing information on complaints it received against early childhood services from 2016. More >>

Ministry must front up over abuse of children

Monday, 31 July 2017, 3:12 pm | ChildForum

As early childhood centre manager Lynn Abraham, who smacked and force-fed children and washed a child’s mouth with soap is sentenced, (Monday July 31st, in the Auckland District Court), ChildForum chief executive Dr Sarah Alexander says the Ministry ... More >>

Sexist Attitude in Early Education Management Must Change

Monday, 24 July 2017, 9:59 am | ChildForum

The Education Ministry was well aware for at least 20 years on the need to recruit and retain male early childhood teachers, and it is shameful that it did not do anything about it. More >>

Open Letter on Changes to Kindergarten

Friday, 2 June 2017, 4:44 pm | ChildForum

Do you see the free public kindergarten as having had its day or as being important to retain? More >>

Our kindergartens are under threat

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 11:12 am | ChildForum

Parents and early childhood experts are calling for the government to put the “free” back into kindergarten and ensure kindergarten associations do not alter features consistent with the high quality model of education for children that kindergarten ... More >>

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 >>





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