Early Learning General News – October 2019

General news for the Early Learning sector for October 2019 including information about consulting on education priorities and safety checking teachers.

Consulting on our education priorities

Have your say on the draft Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) - Education Conversation website(external link)

Have your say on the draft Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) - Education Conversation website(external link)

We are also hosting a series of community hui where you can come along and hear about the NELP and the TES. The schedule is available on the Education Conversation website. This page is updated as new meetings are added to the schedule.

Public Events - Education Conversation website(external link)

If you have any questions or wish to make a submission on either the NELP or the TES, you can email NELP.TES@education.govt.nz.

Consultation on the draft TES closes on 25 October 2019. Consultation on the draft NELP ends on 25 November 2019.

Shaping a stronger education system with all New Zealanders

The consultation on the TES and NELP is part of ‘Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders’. This is a blueprint for education change based on the rich conversations we’ve had with almost 50,000 New Zealanders as part of the Kōrero Mātauranga.

The blueprint includes a vision for the future of New Zealand education, five objectives and a series of actions to be taken over 10 years. You can read more about the blueprint, objectives and the actions we are taking here:

Minimising food related choking risks in early learning services

While children can choke at any age, children aged five years and under are at higher risk. This is because they have small air and food passages and are developing their biting, chewing and food-grinding skills.

To minimise the risk of young children choking on food, we are proposing to amend the licensing and certification criteria. Our proposal is to require early learning services to ensure that children are supervised and seated while eating and that Ministry of Health guidance is followed in the preparation and serving of food.

You can read more about the proposals and complete a short survey on the Kōrero Mātauranga website.

Minimising food-related choking risks in Early Learning Services - Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga website(external link)

Consultation starts today and will end on Friday 15 November 2019.

Safety checking of teachers – it’s more than just ticking the boxes

Teachers in ECE are in demand, and the reality is, teachers are able to easily move from one early learning service to another. The reason why a teacher might leave a service are varied and personal. They might include personal development, increased pay, opportunities to lead, or the service is closer to their home or family. Equally, and unfortunately, there are a few situations where a teacher is dismissed for misconduct.

The safety checking of ECE teachers is a legal requirement, but the purpose of the safety check is not about compliance. The purpose is to protect tamariki.

As the owner of an early learning service you need to know why a teacher is changing services or transferring from another service, or why there are gaps in their CV/resume. You need to be prepared to ask the hard questions. You need to be courageous.

We understand that some early learning services are struggling to recruit teachers. And of course, the vast majority of ECE teachers are great people, dedicated to early childhood education and tamariki. We want to make sure you have recruited a great one.

The Safety Checking process involves seven components – the Police vet is only one component.

You can read more about safety checking and police vetting:

If you have any questions please contact your local regional office or ece.info@education.govt.nz.

TESSOL Tuition Fees Scholarships for Teachers

The Ministry is asking for applications for tuition fee scholarships to commence study in 2020 towards a Teaching English in Schools for Speakers of Other Languages (TESSOL) qualification. You can apply if you teach migrant, Pasifika or international students in a state funded or integrated primary, intermediate or secondary school, or an early learning service.

Who can apply

New Zealand registered teachers with at least two years’ experience and permanently employed in a school or early learning service, as well as ESOL specialists, can apply for the scholarship. Principals may nominate more than one teacher in their school.

What the scholarship pays for

Scholarship recipients are funded for between two and five core papers, depending on the course. This includes course fees and up to $100 for text books for each paper.

TESSOL Providers

Graduate Diploma of Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages (GradDip TESSOL) University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work
Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (Grad Dip TESOL) Waikato Institute of Technology
Distance learning for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (GradCert TEAL) Massey University
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCertED) Victoria University
Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Teaching and Learning Languages (PGDipEd) University of Canterbury, College of Education

Papers in the above qualifications will contain practical assignments and will assist teachers to effectively cater for the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in classroom programmes.

Application forms are available on the Education website below.

Scholarships for Teaching English in Schools for Speakers of Other Languages (TESSOL)

All schools with ESOL funded students will receive a copy the 2020 TESSOL Scholarship application forms and course brochures.

The closing date for applications is Friday 1 November 2019.

To apply, complete the application form for the tertiary institution you wish to study at and email it to the ESOL team at the Ministry of Education: info.esol@education.govt.nz.

For enquiries, please contact Saniya Surani 09 632 9382.

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