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Sammons, Maria; Ali, Sophia; Noorzai, Leena; Glover, Melanie – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
This article discusses findings from research investigating ways teachers at one early childhood centre fostered children's sense of belonging through making cultural connections with children and their families. The research is part of a University of Waikato project, funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI),…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Cultural Influences, Religion, Role Playing
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Lees, Jacqui; Ng, Olivia – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
This article draws from a 2-year TLRI-funded research project looking at how four early childhood centres constructed positive outcomes for children from migrant families. The research questions focused on how the people, places, and practices in early childhood settings support a sense of bicultural belonging to Aotearoa New Zealand, sustain…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Immigrants, Cultural Influences, Foreign Countries
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Treweek, Louise – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
From 2018 to 2020, teachers at Hillcrest Kindergarten in Hamilton have been working alongside a team of researchers from the University of Waikato in a TLRI-funded research project, "Strengthening belonging and identity of refugee and immigrant children through early childhood education". The research aims to develop theories and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Refugees, Immigrants, Early Childhood Education
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Dalli, Carmen; Strycharz-Banas, Anna; Meyerhoff, Miriam – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
"Wellbeing" and "belonging" are explored in this article through sociolinguistic interactional analysis of naturally arising conflict situations, captured ethnographically on video, and through analysis of teachers' discussions during focus groups. Post-conflict analysis of child-led actions revealed children used numerous…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Sense of Community, Conflict Resolution
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McMillan, Hoana – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
This article presents the findings from a Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) project where kaiako set out to develop and then explore nga korero tuku iho as an assessment approach within kohanga reo. Underpinned by kaupapa Maori research protocols, wananga (discussions) were held with kaiako and whanau to evaluate the approach. The findings from…
Descriptors: Malayo Polynesian Languages, Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders, Foreign Countries
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Woodhouse, Hazel – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
Children's transition from an early childhood education setting to school needs to involve children and their families to best support the family in this time of change. This article focuses on a case study from doctoral research exploring the potential of Facebook™ to create a virtual community of practice to support children and their families'…
Descriptors: Social Media, Communities of Practice, Family Needs, Student Adjustment
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Treweek, Julie; Kelly-Ware, Janette – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
This qualitative case study research explored children's social disputes in one New Zealand kindergarten. The disputes typically related to the possession of resources and space. "First possession" was found to be significant, hence the name of this article. The notion that children have to experience "possession" and…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Conflict, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten
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Bailey, Judy; McChesney, Jane – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
Mathematical learning is an integral part of early childhood education (ECE). In Aotearoa New Zealand there is a range of valuable curriculum resources including "Te Kakano," a "living, evolving" framework of purposeful activities, to assist teachers to notice and respond to mathematics learning. This article aims to contribute…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Culturally Relevant Education, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries
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McLaughlin, Tara; Cherrington, Sue; McLachlan, Claire; Aspden, Karyn; Hunt, Lynda – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
Data and the use of data for teaching and learning can be a powerful tool. However, data can also be overwhelming or underused if teachers and leaders do not have adequate systems, supports, or mindsets to facilitate effective data use. The Data, Knowledge, Action programme of research involves early childhood researchers and teachers working…
Descriptors: Data Use, Early Childhood Teachers, Educational Researchers, Educational Change
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McChesney, Katrina; Clarkin-Phillips, Jeanette – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
The quality of early childhood education and care fundamentally depends on teachers' wise practice. However, the environments in which that education and care occur can influence, inform, and shape teachers' practice, and children's and families' experiences. This article draws on a written "portrait" of the learning environment created…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers, Educational Environment
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McChesney, Katrina – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
Greerton Early Learning Centre (GELC), is a privately owned full-day early childhood centre in Tauranga, New Zealand. GELC was operated in two centres on neighbouring streets: an infant and toddler centre (licensed for 30 children) and an older children's centre (licensed for 40 children). After two decades operating in repurposed residential…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Centers, Educational Facilities
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Gibbons, Andrew; Tesar, Marek; Pasley, And; Stewart, Georgina – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
The early learning action plan 2019-2029, "He Taonga te Tamaiti"/"Every Child a Taonga", ushers in a new era of thinking about the governance of early childhood education (ECE). The policy language has changed, with a shift from "early childhood education" to the "early learning system". This article starts…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Governance, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Radford, Sandy – Early Childhood Folio, 2020
Early childhood teachers enact a relationship-based pedagogy in contexts requiring their consistent emotional labour, not just with children but also with their families. Leaders have additional responsibilities for the wellbeing of teaching teams, meeting the expectations of those in governance roles, and accountabilities to agencies such as the…
Descriptors: Well Being, Early Childhood Education, Administrators, Mental Health
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Mitchell, Linda; Clarkin-Phillips, Jeanette; Archard, Simon; Arndt, Sonja; Taylor, Maretta – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
In this article, we discuss findings from a study of how 22 teachers in kindergartens and education and care centres in Aotearoa New Zealand spent their time at work. The teachers filled in time-use diaries, writing down details of what they did at different times over a whole working day. The diary entries were coded using a taxonomy developed by…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Kindergarten, Child Care Centers
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Kamenarac, Olivera – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
In this article I discuss how discourses of democratic early childhood education and care (ECEC) as a child's right, and enterprise discourses of ECEC as a commodity, have constructed teachers' work and professional identities in Aotearoa New Zealand over the past two decades. I illustrate two prevailing identity constructions of teachers emerging…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Democratic Values, Early Childhood Teachers, Child Caregivers
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