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We are New Zealand’s national body for early childhood education and care

Teacher Member Posts

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Children's Health, Attachment and Wellbeing

Picky Eaters and Managing Children’s Eating Habits

Picky eaters? Some children may display anxiety and unhealthy eating habits when they begin early childhood education, others may display behaviours at different times that you are wondering if these are normal, and what to say, do and change.   This […]

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Behaviour Management & Social Development

Bullying by Children as Young as 2 Years

Children bullying another child is not uncommon, and it happens in early childhood centres and homes. Around one in ten children experience being bullied or picked on as a consistent experience from age two years, according to findings of a […]

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Learning Activities - Outside the Box Ideas

Plane Spotting and Tracking

Plane Spotting at the ECE Service. Going plane spotting is easy. You can do this now without leaving home or your early childhood service. There are thousands of learning possibilities… Technology – tracking planes, use of real timeGeography – different […]

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Behaviour Management & Social Development

Say Sorry – Asking a Child to Apologise

Ask a Child to Say Sorry. By Warwick Marshall Some early childhood service teachers do not want to ask a child to say sorry. They avoid this. But why? And what if anything is wrong with supporting children to say […]

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Service Provider Member Posts

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Indoor & Outdoor Improvements

Sandpit Design

A good sandpit design for an ECE service sees it being large enough to accommodate half or more of the children attending. It should provide enough room for each child to stand or sit and dig without touching or getting sand […]

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Health and Safety Management

Building is Unusable But You Need to Continue Providing Care for Children

ECE Centre Temporary Relocation. A major earthquake, a fire, or other unplanned event such as gas leak, may mean your early childhood centre building cannot be used. Parents will continue to need childcare, and you want to continue business but […]

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Internal Evaluation, Self-Review and Staff Meetings

Working Smarter, Not Harder for Best Practice

Working Smarter. By Janet Moles. At the centre the group is in the midst of the strange ritual known as ‘The Staff Meeting’. In this gathering, the leader communicates to the group, the tasks to be achieved, assigns duties and […]

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Establishing a New Service: Views and Experiences

A Small Privately-Owned Centre Set-Up

Small Privately-Owned Centre. By Marian Ayres Hill. Setting up, managing and teaching in a small private preschool has many challenges, however it is very rewarding when you see the enormous benefits that a small owner-operated centre brings to children.   […]

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Research Library – Today’s Featured Articles

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2012 NZRECE Journal Articles

Airplane Grows in the Tummy of Clouds: Living Through Relations in the Early Years of Life

Using a child’s expression that illustrates his mental image of constituted relations of living things, the author conceptualizes relationality, an interrelated view of being, and its importance for early childhood education. The difference between relation and interaction, and the significance […]

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2021 NZIRECE Journal No. 2. Special Issue

Wellbeing Literacy and Early Childhood Education

Research on child wellbeing and insights into wellbeing gains for children in early childhood education. Read the full paper below. Or to order a pdf copy of the article go to the main NZIRECE Journal page.

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2015 NZRECE Journal Articles

Advocating for a Comprehensive Approach to Assessment in New Zealand Early Childhood Education

Advocating for a comprehensive approach to assessment in New Zealand early childhood education. Qilong Zhang. Waiariki Institute of Technology, NZ. Full Reference: Zhang, Q. (2015). Advocating for a comprehensive approach to assessment in New Zealand early childhood education. NZ Research in […]

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2014 Special Policy Issue

The Relationship between Early Childhood Education and Care and English Proficiency at School Entry for Bilingual Children in Australia

The Relationship between Early Childhood Education and Care and English Proficiency at School Entry for Bilingual Children in Australia. Meredith O’Connor1,2, Elodie J. O’Connor1, Amanda Kvalsvig1 and Sharon Goldfeld1,21. Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria, Australia2. University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Full […]

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The Office of ECE drives high-quality care, learning and teaching for all infants and young children and high-quality working environments for teachers and service providers.
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