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A fresh, heart-centred approach to teaching | Interview with Rick Fourie

28 May 2020

The Conscious Collective have a vision - empowered children, nurtured communities, and a peaceful world. Bringing together a network of passionate people from all walks of life, Rick Fourie is making a big splash in the world of Early Childhood Education with his heart-centred approach to teaching; offering inspiring professional development opportunities alongside innovative early learning villages.

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Navigating the new ECE landscape with positivity | Interview with Tanya Valentin

16 May 2020

If you haven’t already heard of Tanya Valentin, you’re in for a treat and a half.

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What relieving work will look like in Level 3

22 April 2020

Hi Everyone,

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Wellbeing in Self-Isolation

31 March 2020

We are all doing our part to help get this virus under control and eventually slow down the spread. Thank you for staying at home and saving other people’s lives.

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Retaining teachers in ECE

27 March 2020

How to retain ECE teachers during a teacher shortage

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Benefits of relieving

22 March 2020

ECE Relieving in NZ

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Pay Parity vs Pay Equity

15 October 2019

What ECE needs, and how we’re going to achieve it.

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7 Ways to Bring Calm to Your Centre | The Value of a Calm ECE Environment

20 September 2019

Creating calm in an environment that often feels chaotic can seem like a daunting task. Children can feel anxious and unsettled, and it doesn’t help when we’re feeling burnt out ourselves.   It’s exhausting work and sometimes we need an environment that’s calming for all of us, kaiako and children alike! 

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Our new look has arrived!

16 September 2019

Introducing our new mobile-friendly web application

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Connected Teachers | The Passion of NZ ECE Educators

14 August 2019

Here at Jitbug we’ve noticed something huge; something memorable and something to be proud of in NZ ECE.

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The new wave of theory in NZ ECE | Culture of Kindness

18 July 2019

If you work anywhere within the NZ ECE sector you would have most likely heard the term “Culture of Kindness.” It’s become a prominent turn of phrase among industry leaders and teachers alike.

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Understanding Communication and Leadership in NZ ECE

19 June 2019

Good leadership and great communication are two words that go hand-in-hand. In an ideal world all leaders would be capable of great communication; it facilitates better team relationships, ensures everything runs smoothly, and determines whether or not goals in the workplace are met and (most importantly) understood in the first place.

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5 Autumn Activities For Under 5's

13 May 2019

As the seasons change from summer to autumn, and the days grow colder, it can be tempting to move activities indoors and protect children from the changing temperatures and weather.

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Top 5 reasons to play outside in the cold this winter!

18 April 2019

As the weather gets colder and the days start getting darker sooner, we tend to spend more time bundled up inside, cosy and warm. If you’re teaching in an ECE centre filled with energetic and rambunctious children, it may however do us all better to play outside and embrace the weather, whether it’s rain, hail or shine.

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The Environmental Impact of ECE

11 April 2019

“Mō tātou te taiao ko te atawhai, mō tātou te taiao ko te oranga. It is for us to care for and look after the environment to ensure its wellbeing, in doing so we ensure our own wellbeing and that of our future generations.”

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How will the minimum wage increase affect ECE?

01 April 2019

The effects on the ECE sector

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Relieving agencies are expensive!!

06 December 2018

To be fair, that was my first thought too.. why would anyone pay to use the services of an agency? Surely everything that a Recruitment Agency does, anyone can do too. It cant be that hard to do..

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Top tip for getting the most out of a reliever!

18 October 2018

We’ve been accused of sending a horrible reliever to a centre. Yes, that’s right. The Centre Manager was incredibly frustrated with our reliever who seemed to stand around doing nothing waiting for direct instructions. And costing more than her regular staff.

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The Function of Dyadic Relationships in NZ ECE Services

30 July 2018

The term ‘dyadic relationship’ is being discussed more frequently in early childhood education (ECE) circles, as society’s understanding of the importance of primary relationships in an infant’s life grows.

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Will the Industrial ECE Sector be the End of Kindergartens?

03 July 2018

The privatization of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector in New Zealand has been a hugely divisive topic in recent decades. As a country whose humble ECE beginnings were formed in the community-based models of Playcentre, the industry has, in recent years, seen a boom in for-profit, all-day services: attendance numbers in privatized centres has risen, while the number of children in kindergartens is falling.

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5 Essential Tips Every ECE Reliever Needs to Know

08 May 2018

Are you considering becoming an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Reliever? Or perhaps looking at relieving as your next exciting job prospect? Whether you are a qualified ECE teacher looking for a flexible part-time job, or wondering if ECE is the career for you, relieving can offer you a world of possibilities. In this article I’m going to discuss five essential tips every ECE Reliever needs to know, to help make your relieving journey a success.

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3 Ways Early Childhood Centres Can Embrace Technology

13 April 2018

Technology can be a wonderful yet sometimes daunting prospect in early childhood education. The balance between embracing a modern world and allowing children to experience an unplugged childhood is a topic that many educators encounter, research and continuously review. In this article I am going to discuss three effective ways that technology can be incorporated into early childhood education.

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