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Early childhood education

We have put together a guide to some of the options for Early Childhood Education (ECE) in New Zealand.

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Tips for a smooth transition to preschool

Toddlerhood heralds a whole new phase of learning and development. Before you know it, the door opens on early childhood education and your child heads off to preschool. Barbs Tozer, Communications Manager for Kindercare Learning Centres, shares her …

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Making Sure Your Child Is Safe

Mum of one, Rebecca Williamson, offers advice on making sure your child is safe when in the care of others. The first time you leave your pride and joy in the care of someone else – someone who’s not family orafriend – is a big deal for most …

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Six tips to help your child settle in at preschool

The first few days and weeks at an early childhood centre is often the hardest for both Mum and little one but the situation does improve as he or she gets to know the other children and the teachers. Preparation is important: Go for at least three …

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Find your childcare online

Looking for childcare for your precious little one? The good news is that the homework’s been done for you – just go to myece.org.nz for the lowdown on your prospective service. Type in a name and you’ll find a star rating out of five and a summary …

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Choosing home-based childcare

Dropping the kids off for a play date at a friend's house makes for an ideal childcare arrangement. Why not formalise it with a home-based childcare provider? Ellie Gwilliam discusses the benefits her family has experienced with home-based …

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Raising bilingual children

Mum of two Catherine Tafto shares the proud moments and pitfalls of raising children to speak more than one language. “Mamma, hvor er Granny?” “Hun er i hagen.” “Granny, are you in the garden?” This exchange between my son and I was one of those …

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Taking Care of Baby - Nanny? Au Pair? Daycare?

Taking care of baby Nanny, au pair, daycare or home-based? Deciding who will look after your baby is a tough call. So we asked four mums to explain why their choice of childcare works for them.   In the words of a…daycare mum Lee Plummer, mum …

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Au pair anyone?

Having live-in childcare seems like a brilliant solution for families requiring flexible childcare, and some extra help around the house. But what exactly is involved and what does it cost? We asked Au Pair Link to explain the basics. What is an au …

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What Centre Is Right For You?

If you're looking at a childcare centre for your little one, you'll need to consider not only things like cost and proximity, but also philosophy. Many childcare centres are based on educational philosophies that you may, or may not, find sit …

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Who is looking after baby

Is your child starting childcare? Whether they're going into a daycare centre, attending home-based care or being looked after by a nanny or au pair, here's what you need to think about.  Deciding to enrol your child in childcare is a huge step for …

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Gifted toddlers

How can you tell if your little one is "gifted", talented, or average? Do we even need to label them? Dr Melanie Woodfield explains IQ testing and the consequences of its results. When we think of someone being "gifted", we tend to think of a …

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Settling into childcare

The heart-wrenching sobs and the rather awkward leg cling-on need not be an ongoing part of your childcare drop-off routine. Early childhood educator Michelle Hewlett shares some strategies for settling. Whether your child is starting with a …

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Little Einsteins

A gifted child has the potential to make a significant difference in the world, adding to knowledge, changing ideas, or reaching new heights in performance. Jilly O'Brien discusses parenting a child with exceptional abilities.   Imagine that you …

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Daycare alternatives

The fact is, working mothers need childcare. But what are the options besides daycare centres? Here are three alternatives. In-home care If work means you can't stay home with your child, why not place him or her with another parent in their family …

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The daycare dilemna

If you're returning to work after the birth of your baby, you're probably weighing up the pros and cons of putting your child into care. You may be feeling extremely ambivalent about whether daycare is the best choice for your family - and you're …