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Teacher marks 50 years with kindy kids

27 June 2013

A Palmerston North kindergarten teacher who has been looking after small children for half a century says times have changed - but kids will always be kids.

Riverdale Kindergarten relief teacher Pam Townend celebrated 50 years' work with the Ruahine Kindergarten Association yesterday. Read all about it in the Manawatu Standard.

Canterbury schools and early childhood services rose to meet the challenges of earthquakes, new ERO report shows

24 June 2013

ERO has just released a new report focussed on resilience and innovation among Canterbury schools and ECE services following the earthquakes, including Kidsfirst Kindergartens. The report, Stories of Resilience and Innovation in Schools and Early Childhood Services, can be accessed here and the press release from ERO here.

Kindergartens receive a visit from Fairfax First Books

19 June 2013

Fairfax First Books supports early literacy through the provision of reading resources to preschool children throughout New Zealand. The Fairfax First Books programme launched in 2006, provides annual book donations to kindergartens in low-decile communities for children to use at kindergarten and to take home. Fairfax recently distributed this year’s books to several kindergartens around the country. Check out news stories on The Press Facebook page and read the story below which appeared in the Western Leader.

Kindy aiming at $10,000 auction

19 June 2013

Pukekura Kindergarten is gearing up for The Great Taranaki Art Auction.

The event, on June 28, will raise funds for playground improvements at the kindergarten. Find out more in the Taranaki Daily News.

Kindy unveils 2 year project for whanau

18 June 2013

After two years working to establish their philosophy, Gonville Kindergarten staff and community were excited last week to unveil their harakeke tukutuku in a celebration with the community, Whanganui iwi and the Ministry of Education. Read all about it in the Wanganui Chronicle.

Art Auction for kindergarten

15 June 2013

Read all about the inaugural kindergarten art auction fundraiser in SunLive and in the Bay of Plenty Times.

Kelson Kindergarten strikes gold – again!

12 June 2013

Kelson Kindergarten – Hutt City – “The kindergarten has landed their second Heart Foundation Pa-Harakeke award for its achievements in implementing healthy lifestyle and exercise programmes through the Healthy Heart Award Programme.” Read the full story on the Heart Foundation website.

Teacher wins Green Ribbon Award

7 June 2013

Environment Minister Hon. Amy Adams presented Adam Buckingham with a 2013 Green Ribbon Award at a function at Parliament this week (5 June 2013) on world environment day. Read all about it in Scoop Independent News.

Pre-schoolers connect with nature

6 June 2013

Fiordland Kindergarten head teacher Claire Maley-Shaw runs the kindergarten's nature discovery programme in which 4-year-olds are taken to Ivon Wilson Park once a week to experience the outdoors.

The programme started in 2009 and was one of the first of its kind in New Zealand, she said. Read the full article in the Southland Times.

Bright young sparks bone up on road safety

5 June 2013

Bluff Kindergarten has received road-safety books it won through the Bright Sparks road safety campaign.

The books were presented yesterday to the kindergarten for winning the prize for most child restraints checked. Find out more in the Southland Times.

Kindergartens rewarded for road safety efforts

4 June 2013

Two Southland kindergartens will be recognised today for their commitment to road safety.

Bluff and Rockdale Park kindergartens will be rewarded for their top efforts during Bright Sparks Week last month.

Brights Sparks is a roadshow campaign set up by Road Safety Southland, police, Plunket and Kindergarten South to highlight the importance of pedestrian safety to Southland kindergartens.Read all about it in the Southland Times.

Kindy celebrates 50 years

30 May 2013

Fifty years of playdough, painting and make-believe will be celebrated in Eltham next week. Find out more in the Taranaki Daily News

Kidsfirst Kindergartens winners in the Amazing Place Playground Competition

23 May 2013

Congratulations to Kidsfirst Kindergartens! Kidsfirst Kindergarten Lincoln and Kidsfirst Kindergarten MacFarlane Park have won first and second place respectively in the Amazing Place Playground Competition in Christchurch. Read about the competition and view the winning entries here or here.

Signs of change at this kindy

21 May 2013

Using New Zealand Sign Language is all part of everyday learning for children at one kindergarten.

Forest View Kindergarten in Tikipunga celebrated New Zealand Sign Language Week with a special class by deaf tutor Eddie Hokianga. Find out more in the Whangarei Leader.

Strengthening the teaching profession - a welcome move

20 May 2013

Building a 21st Century Body for the Education Profession is welcomed by New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive Clare Wells. “A strong profession is key to quality teaching and leadership in education.” Read the full media release here or here.

Early Childhood Education sector response to the 2013 Budget

16 May 2013

New Zealand Kindergartens

Early Childhood Council

New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI)

Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/NZ Childcare ASsociation (NZCA)

Increased investment - does it go far enough?

16 May 2013

The $172.5 million to early childhood education (ECE) over the next four years receives a cautious welcome from New Zealand Kindergartens.

“While are pleased to see more funding to support participation in the Government’s ‘target’ communities, we are concerned that the general increase falls short of matching the increasing operational costs of ECE services” said New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive Clare Wells.

“Kindergarten has had significant cuts in funding over the last few years and today’s announcement brings the universal funding rate back to just above where it was five years ago” Clare Wells said.  Read the full media release here.

Budget 2013 - Education

14 May 21013

Radio New Zealand looks at what the education sector is hoping to see in the 2013 budget. This news story features New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive, Clare Wells.

Little cooks take lessons on healthy food to heart

11 May 2013

Manawatu kindergartens introducing cooking into children's lives early could be giving them a fighting chance against future bulge.Find out exactly bwhat they are doing in the Manawatu Standard.

Lifting investment in ECE

10 May 2013

“Lifting Government investment in high quality early childhood education is crucial to ensure five out of five young children succeed” said New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive Clare Wells. Read the full media release here.

“Being” in nature: learning in the natural world

10 May 2013

“Visit the local park midweek in Te Anau and the bush will not only ring with the sounds of birds but the excited chatter and laughter of a small group of children from Fiordland Kindergarten exploring nature….” The Southland Kindergarten Association has just published a book about its innovative Nature Discovery Programme. Read more about the book and how to order a copy here.

Bright Sparks visit kindergartens for Road Safety Week

7 May 2013

Road Safety Southland, NZ Police, Plunket and Kindergarten South have come together to launch Bright Sparks, a roadshow campaign across Southland kindergartens that highlights the importance of pedestrian safety. Read the full story here in the Southland Times.

IPADS Supporting Good Teaching Practice

 6 May 2013

Heretaunga Kindergarten Association Education Manager Frances van Dillen and Massey University Education Facilitator Heather Bell engaged in research with teachers and children at Lucknow Kindergarten in Havelock North to explore whether IPADS could support good teaching practice. Read a fascinating article published in the most Education Gazette - 6 May 2013about the research and the findings.

New Oamaru North kindy means jobs

24 April 2013

A new kindergarten in Oamaru will benefit more than just children's education, according to those behind the project.

The Oamaru Kindergarten Association (OKA) governance board recently voted in favour of establishing a new kindergarten in Oamaru, at Oamaru North School, to go with the other three that fall under the OKA banner. Find out more in the Timaru Herald.

Minister Announces New Zealand Will Host The 4th International Summit On The Teaching Profession

24 April 2013

Education Minister Hekia Parata welcomes the news that New Zealand has been successful in the bid to host the fourth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) in March 2014. The complete article can be read in Scoop Independent News.

Heritage Education focus for Campbell Free Kindergarten

17 April 2013

The Heritage of Education is the theme of this year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18 – a day that highlights and celebrates different aspects of heritage, organised by ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites).

And according to the NZ Historic Places Trust’s Heritage Adviser Registration, Martin Jones, one central Auckland landmark fits the education heritage criteria perfectly.

“The former Campbell Free Kindergarten near Victoria Park is believed to have been the first purpose-built free kindergarten established in New Zealand, and was registered as a Category 1 historic place in 2004 in recognition of its importance,” says Martin. Read the full article in Scoop Independent News.

Early start to healthy eating

12 April 2013

The kindergarten this year adopted a new healthy-eating programme and head teacher Jan Forsythe hoped Fuelled4life would help to get the early childhood centre the highest healthy-heart award in New Zealand. Find out more in the Taranaki Daily News.

Rata kindy kids give to needy

10 April 2013

After discussing how disadvantaged some others are, the children at Rata Kindergarten were inspired to empty their piggy banks.

"There was no hesitation. They just wanted to give them what they had," head teacher Megan Burke said.

"It was the loveliest thing I've experienced in this job, and I've had plenty of highlights in my career." Read the full story in the Timaru Herald.

Breaking the gender barrier in childcare

2 April 2013

On a scale of All Black to astronaut, "kindergarten teacher" is unlikely to make the cut on most Kiwi boys' dream career wishlists.

In New Zealand, early childhood education is traditionally a female-dominated sector where men make up just 2 per cent of the workforce, according to Child Forum.

This comes as no surprise to Joseph Pomana - long accustomed to being mistaken for just another "dad" at the Palmerston North kindergarten where he works. Read the full article in the Manawatu Standard.

Big grant for kindy

22 March 2013

The Oamaru Kindergarten Association has received a significant grant from the Ministry of Education to support a new kindergarten being established at Oamaru North School. Read the article published in the Otago Daily Times.

Pacific Early Childhood Education Boosted by New Guidelines

22 March 2013

Education specialists from across the Pacific region recently met and produced new guidelines to support Pacific governments providing access to high quality early childhood education. Read the story here in Scoop Independent News.

New fresh food guidelines for school food

20 March 2013

The Heart Foundation’s Fuelled4life initiative has launched a new set of food guidelines to support schools and ECE services to provide healthy food options for children. Read the story here.

The building blocks of our community

13 March 2013

Agline, the CRT shareholders’ magazine, writes about the essential role of the Waimate Mobile Kindergarten for the children and families of the rural, southern region of Waimate. Find out more here.

NZK blog

26 February 2013

There is a great deal of positive momentum and focus on early childhood education in 2013, and it remains a key priority of the government. Reaching 98% participation in early childhood education is one of the Better Public Services goals and access to high quality early childhood education has featured in several high profile reports on children including the White Paper for Vulnerable Children and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group report on Solutions to Child Poverty.

Read the NZK blog here.

Kindy and care centre opens

20 February 2013

The new Waiouru Kindergarten and Care Centre was opened last week. At the opening, Wanganui area chief executive Trisha-Taylor Pope said: "We certainly have our challenges with the reduction in funding. Read the full sory in the Manawatu Standard.

Kindy project a stunner

11 February 2013

Children at Witherlea Kindergarten in Blenheim have been swapping sunflower stories after attempting to grow the plants at home as part of a mathematics lesson. Read all about the project in the Marlborough Express.


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