Jill Bond, CEO of New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) said their members were thrilled with the news the government will restore funding for qualified and registered early childhood teachers to 100%.
The National government reduced the funding to 80 % in 2010 which meant many kindergartens ended up in deficit and had to use financial reserves.
Jill says the funding is so welcome and will give local Associations much needed financial certainty.
Member Associations of New Zealand Kindergartens say they want to support parents returning to work this Thursday with the move to Level 2 and have had time to thoroughly prepare.
“Our teachers over the past couple of weeks have had time to get everything ready on site and have been practicing new hygiene routines. We’ve been extremely careful to wipe down all surfaces and in Level 2 we will be cleaning outside surfaces daily as well.” Said Jill Bond, CEO of New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK).
“One thing that the children will love being able to do is get outside on the play equipment and let off some steam. They have really enjoyed coming back under Level 3 and while we can still provide on-line support for those at home, we want to encourage all children to return to our kindergartens to reunite with their friends and teachers.”
The number of children returning to Oamaru kindergartens in Level 3 is low, but growing every day.
Of the Oamaru Kindergarten Association’s five kindergartens, three reopened last week and about 4% of the 220 children enrolled were attending, general manager Julie Craig said.
Children who had returned were either unable to learn at home or had parents who were essential workers. Their return had been “smooth”, Ms Craig said.
It is great to see our Geraldine staff involved in the Ministry of Education Learning from Home videos.
Teachers at Waimea kindergarten in Nelson had a special surprise for the children returning to kindergarten in Alert Level 3.
They created a magical fairy garden in the front entrance, so it was the first thing that tamariki saw when they arrived.
“We recognise that after five weeks at home, the children might’ve been feeling a little anxious about their return, and we wanted to provide something special to welcome them back,” said Head Teacher Rebekah Senior.
Throughout New Zealand, small but happy groups of children had a smooth transition back to kindergarten and early childhood centres according to teachers. First day numbers were smaller than anticipated representing around 3 to 4% of whanau; but these figures are expected to grow as the happiness spreads.
New Zealand Kindergartens CEO Jill Bond and Early Childhood Leadership Secretariat and Waikato Kindergarten Association CEO Maree Stewart said that they were delighted to hear how well the first day had gone for children and teachers.
New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) and Early Childhood Leadership Group (ECL) say they’re working hard to ensure their services throughout the country are prepared for the move to Alert Level 3 level next Tuesday morning.
Their kindergartens, centres and home-based services are preparing to open next Wednesday April 29th.
New Zealand Kindergartens Association (NZK) says Children’s Day is the perfect day to remind the Government of its commitment to the early childhood sector.
NZK Chief Executive Jill Bond says Children’s Day recognises and celebrates children throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. “It is also a day to put the spotlight on why so many of our children continue to live in poverty and do not have the opportunity to realise their potential.
“We know that what happens in early childhood education makes a difference for a lifetime and the system needs to ensure seamless inclusion and transition for all children,” Ms Bond says.
The annual Te Mata Kindergarten Triathlon had its biggest turnout yet this weekend.
The triathlon saw 400 children sliding to victory at Hereworth School on Sunday.
Head teacher Fiona Francois said it was the 10th time the Havelock North community had rallied for the kindergarten’s main fundraiser.
“It was by far our biggest turnout,” she said.
“A visit from the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service was a highlight, which couldn’t have happened without the help of the Havelock North Volunteer fire brigade.”
A Tasman kindergarten has learned it’s better late than never when it comes to the Late Bloomers sunflower competition.
The children of Waimea Kindergarten may not be able to reach their winning sunflower, but their 3.2 metre tall bloom has bagged the Tallest Sunflower award in the Daltons Late Bloomers Competition.
The Late Bloomers Awards ran from December 16 to February 10 to recognise the kindergartens whose sunflowers may have been affected by the weather or weren’t in bloom in December when the main Sunflower Project winners were announced.
Kindergarten is a fantastic early childhood education option. With flexible sessions for ages two to five, a strong focus on quality education, and 20 hours free care for ages three and up, this type of teacher-led service is the perfect fit for many whānau. Depending on the kindergarten, children can be enrolled in morning, afternoon or six-hour sessions, up to five days a week during school term. Some kindergartens offer…Keep Reading
New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) has welcomed the Early Childhood Action Plan 2019 – 2029 – He taonga te tamaiti – Every child a taonga, released by the Government today.