Early Childhood


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    Manurewa Intermediate shines at PM's Education Excellence Awards

    Students and staff at Manurewa Intermediate School are over the moon today after taking out the Supreme Award at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards last night in Auckland.

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    Early childhood teachers launch pay equity claim

    Following the pay equity settlement for aged care and community support workers, early childhood teachers are looking to follow suit. Union NZEI Te Riu Roa is launching a new claim for pay equity for early childhood teachers and staff.

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    Budget 2017: ECE sector “gutted” at seventh straight year of per-child funding freezes

    While the early childhood education (ECE) sector has praised initiatives in yesterday’s Budget to support services with children from benefit-dependent households and children with special learning needs, representative bodies say overall the funding package is tantamount to a cut, due to it not keeping pace with inflation.

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    "Biggest reform to education in 30 years" - Education Amendment Bill passes final reading

    The Education (Update) Amendment passed its third and final reading yesterday heralding the “biggest reform to education in nearly thirty years”.

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    What is the best age for starting school?

    With the Education (Update) Amendment Bill facing its final reading this week, the public is focused intently on the proposed cohort entry policy which would allow children to start school prior to their fifth birthday. Here, Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM evaluates the international research and experience and considers what this means for New Zealand’s youngest learners.

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    Sector welcomes Te Whāriki update

    New Zealand’s early childhood education curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated for the first time time since it was first published in 1996. The early childhood education sector has welcomed the update, but some have voiced concerns about the level of funding earmarked for professional development for teachers to lead the updated curriculum.

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    Sector Voices: the biggest challenge facing education

    We asked prominent people from within the sector what they perceived to be the biggest challenge currently facing New Zealand education. Here is what they had to say.

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    Top teachers recognised

    Five outstanding New Zealand teachers have been recognised at the 2014 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).                                           

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    2015 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards launched

    *Education Minister Hekia Parata has launched the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, which recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching, leadership, community engagement and governance.*

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    From tweeting to meeting

    Members of a Twitter network for New Zealand educators, #edchatNZ, are preparing to meet face-to-face at the inaugural #edchatNZ conference in Auckland. Registrations have opened for the event, which will take place at the new Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland over the 8-9th of August this year.

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    Opinion: Excellence shared or spread too thin?

    Yesterday's announcement was a masterstroke by Prime Minister John Key's National Government. It refocussed the education debate on positive action, raising student achievement, giving teachers and principals something more to which to aspire, and most importantly, addressing the need to spread quality teaching more evenly across deciles and regions. But will the initiative work?

August 2017

June 2017

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    What is the best age for starting school?

    The Government’s proposal to allow schools to adopt a cohort entry policy for new entrants opens the door to children starting school before they turn five. Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM evaluates the international research and experience and considers what this means for New Zealand’s youngest learners.

April 2017

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    Education Ministers in waiting

    Education Review editor JUDE BARBACK catches up with Nikki Kaye, who is tipped to become Education Minister in May, and Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins about what the future holds for New Zealand education.

February 2017

May 2014

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    The yellow brick road to EDUCANZ

    The notion of EDUCANZ’s so-called ‘independence’ is questioned as the new legislation makes its way through Parliament.

March 2014

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    The transition between ECE and school

    How well aligned are our ECE and school sectors? JUDE BARBACK looks closely at a child’s transition from early childhood education to school in New Zealand.

December 2013

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    Sun sets on Teachers Council

    With the new Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand set to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council next year, teachers are anxious that their new independent statutory professional body truly is independent. JUDE BARBACK looks at how things are evolving.

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    The Novopay nightmare – when will it end?

    The Ministry of Education’s troubled payroll system is allegedly on the mend, but at what cost? JUDE BARBACK reflects on Novopay’s painful journey so far.

November 2013

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    Making learning stories come alive with technology

    Early childhood settings are embracing new software to share children’s portfolios with their families, but JUDE BARBACK asks whether people will mourn the inevitable loss of the printed learning journeys or embrace technological change?

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    Privacy in the cloud

    ‘Cloud’ computing is rapidly becoming more than just another buzzword in our digital lives. The expected paradigm shift has implications for schools that are not yet fully understood, and with data integrity on everyone’s mind these days, Education Review, looks at exactly where the buck stops.

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    There’s no iPad in team or is there?

    Tablet devices are excellent for individual independent learning, but do they promote collaboration in the classroom? JUDE BARBACK finds out.

January 2013

December 2012

  • NovoPAIN

    The Ministry of Education’s new payroll system Novopay has caused many problems for many schools. JUDE BARBACK considers whether it is one mishap too many for New Zealand education.

  • The Teacher Brain Drain

    Current oversupply of teachers is forcing new teacher graduates to consider looking for jobs overseas, but is teaching abroad all it’s cracked up to be?

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    Must try harder: ERO’s report card

    Education Review Office’s evaluation report on New Zealand schools was a dose of reality to the sector. With an education system suggested to now be less-than-world-class, what is it going to take to raise student achievement to the levels required? JUD

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    Early childhood education in 2012: a round-up


October 2012

September 2012

  • In Piaget's footsteps

    American professor Alison Gopnik is emerging as a leading light in child psychology. LAWRENCE WATT reports.

  • From Nelson to Nepal

    Last year Education Review talked to Nelson early childhood teacher SERINA ESPOSITO prior to her volunteer adventure in Nepal. Here, we find out about how she got on.

February 2012

  • NZ Teacher

    Thank a teacher - Every morning, from my kitchen window, I watch school children waiting at the school bus stop near my house.

  • Growing strides for footsteps

    footsteps provides in-home education to pre-school children for free. JUDE BARBACK talks to footsteps’ managing director Kevin Christie about this remarkable organisation’s rapid growth and future plans.

  • New teachers, listen up

    An education lecturer, a researcher and a teacher who has recently completed her first year of teaching all give their tips on what new teachers should be prepared for in 2012.

December 2011

  • Taking ECE to new heights

    First Steps Himalaya allows New Zealand early childhood educators to put their training to a good cause. JUDE BARBACK talks to founding director, Fionna Heiton.

  • Trouble in Tripoli

    DAVID CRAIG talks to Wellington teachers John and Anna Young about their Libyan ordeal.

June 2010

March 2011

  • Who’s who?

    Associations, unions and more – here’s a brief guide to the education sector.

  • More than a jam sandwich

    Adult learners return to the classroom more than 30 years after their own indifferent high school years. Carol Walden asks can they cope?

  • Success in the early years

    New to early childhood education? Education Review talks to an award-winning teacher about starting your career on the right note.

  • What kind of teacher are you?

    How can prospective teachers choose which branch of the profession to enter?

  • These parents are doing it

    MAUREEN WOODHAMS outlines a world-leading organisation built on the core value of parents laying a lasting foundation for their children’s learning.

  • From special needs

    to success for all?

  • A spade is now a spade

    GEOFF VAUSE reports on expectations now placed on providers of teacher education.