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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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Bond, Lisa; Brown, Jo; Hutchings, Jenna; Peters, Sally – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
In this article we present some initial findings from a Teacher-led Innovation Fund study undertaken in a kahui ako based in the small community of Dannevirke. Teachers from the eight early childhood education (ECE) services and six schools have worked together to explore teacher practice and research the impact of teacher pedagogy on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Young Children
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Sharma, Silky; Hamilton, Carol – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
Despite implementation of significant legislation and policy initiatives related to human rights and inclusive practices, children with disabilities can still experience discrimination and exclusion in multiple areas of their lives, including in early childhood education (ECE). Evidence of a gap between policies about inclusion and the reality of…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Early Childhood Teachers, Student Rights, Disability Discrimination
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Kelly, Janette – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
Teaching is a highly complex and political endeavour, and as teachers we need to be courageous as we support children to make sense of the increasingly complex and diverse societies that we live in. My doctoral research highlighted a number of issues related to teachers and curriculum. "Te Whariki," the Aotearoa New Zealand early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching (Occupation), Preschool Children, Culturally Relevant Education
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Manning, Suzanne – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
The draft early learning strategic plan "He Taonga Te Tamaiti/Every Child a Taonga" (Ministry of Education, 2018) has a goal to improve quality by regulating for 100% teachers in teacher-led services. This proposal assumes a distinct separation between teachers and parents, and between services employing professional teachers and those…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Qualifications, Parents as Teachers
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Gaches, Sonya; Gaffney, Michael – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
This article reviews the draft "Strategic Plan for Early Learning 2019-2029" against the New Zealand Government's obligations to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Using discourse analysis, the authors identify explicit and implicit references to protection, provision, and participation rights within the document.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Strategic Planning, Childrens Rights
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Terreni, Lisa; Ryder, Debbie – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
Excursions (field trips) can provide new and exciting learning opportunities outside schools and early childhood education (ECE) centres, adding new dimensions to an education programme. This article presents the findings from two doctoral studies by Terreni (2017) and Ryder (2019). Terreni, as part of a mixed-method approach, undertook a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Field Trips, Early Childhood Teachers, Young Children
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Warren, Alison – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
Professionalism in early childhood teaching is shaped within contexts, relationships, and multiple discourses of professionalism, as well as historical and enduring maternalism. This article uses posthumanist ideas from Deleuze and Guattari to reframe professionalism as produced in relationships among human and other-than-human aspects of early…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Professionalism, Foreign Countries
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Woolston, Debbie – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
Practicum is understood as a critical part of initial teacher education, and associate teachers play a vital and influential role for student teachers in their practicum experience. A substantial amount of research has focused on understanding the perspective of student teachers during their practicums, as well as the requirements of the associate…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Student Teachers, Teacher Motivation, Practicums
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McLachlan, Claire – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
This article explores early childhood teachers' and leaders' early responses to the release of the revised early childhood curriculum, "Te Whariki" (Ministry of Education, 2017), with a particular focus on teaching and assessment of literacy. The study involved a convergent mixed-method design. Data were collected via a cross-sectional…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Cooper, Maria – Early Childhood Folio, 2019
What do we know about the situation of leadership in early childhood education (ECE) in Aotearoa New Zealand? What can we learn from relevant leadership research? How can we use these insights to support change processes in ECE? "The draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning 2019-29" suggests we give serious consideration to these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Strategic Planning
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McLaughlin, Tara; Cherrington, Sue – Early Childhood Folio, 2018
Early childhood curricula are designed to provide young children with a range of experiences and interactions in order to grow their knowledge, skills, and dispositions for learning. New Zealand early childhood teachers typically aim to provide rich play and learning experiences which foreground children's interests, position teachers as…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Curriculum, Early Childhood Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Pairman, Ann – Early Childhood Folio, 2018
The revised version of "Te Whariki" (2017) acknowledges children's rights to exercise some agency in their own lives. This article responds by drawing on the author's research in four spatially diverse early childhood education centres to consider how built environments can influence children's agency. It argues that spatial complexity…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Early Childhood Education, Space Utilization, Foreign Countries
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Ritchie, Jenny – Early Childhood Folio, 2018
This article considers the potential of the recently "refreshed" Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood curriculum "Te Whariki," focusing on how the document responds to three serious concerns: the ongoing challenges of honouring the commitments to Maori made in Te Tiriti o Waitangi; the more recent issue of superdiversity; and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum, Culturally Relevant Education
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