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Our Regional Hui in Manawatu

We had a great evening lead by Eulalia Connor who is a Pasifika Education Consultant .  We engaged with what Tapasā looks like in our practice.  We spend time unpicking the three core values Tautua (service and responsibility), Alofa (love and commitment) and Fa’aaloalo (respect and dignity)  and Eulalia was able to share with us stories of what these values can look like in our interactions with Pasifika children and their families.  Our session ended with learning to Sas...

September 18, 2019

Rainbow Preschool - Dunedin

OTAGO POLYFEST EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOLS’ MĀORI & PACIFIC ISLAND FESTIVAL The children at Rainbow Preschool have also been preparing for their performance in the Otago Early Childhood and Schools’ Māori & Pacific Island Festival on Friday 13th September. We have had dress rehearsals for the mums and babies in our SPACE programmes, the children in our Under Two area, and other visitors to the centre.  We were also blessed with a Grant from Otago Community Trust for the purchase ...

September 11, 2019

How Facebook Advertising Could Help Your Centre

At Little Ones Preschool, we are a privately owned, rural Christian preschool. We started 10 years ago, and then added a Nursery three years later. We are licenced for 62, but have just 30- 40 children attending each day. The Ministry of Education state that the number one reason that people select a preschool, is it’s location. So previously we have basically done little or no marketing of our centre. This year, we set up a company Facebook page. We can post for free. Usually if we post a pho...

September 4, 2019

Wellington Regional Hui - 5/11/19

We hope you will join us for an evening of fellowship and professional learning: Date: Tuesday 5 November 2019 Time:5.00pm-6.30pmCost: FREE Discovery Early Learning Centre148 Major Drive, KelsonLower Hutt Our Professional Learning Focus: We will be reflecting on our CECEAA THRIVE document in relation to the Leadership Capability Framework.  What does this mean to us from a Christian Perspective? Light Refreshments will be provided Please RSVP to Melody Stuckey by the end of September to nco...

September 2, 2019

Imago Dei: Life as it is Meant to Be

We are all created in the image of God … what does this really mean for us as Christian Teachers? This is a great reading to spend some time reflecting on this concept....

August 28, 2019

Manaakitanga - A leadership of kindness

Having a deep understanding of our own identity is important to defining yourself as a  person, and certainly as a leader.Research has shown that in early childhood there is very little formal training in leadership. Most leaders learn as they go, using cause and effect as the tool to improvement. This has certainly been the case with me.We begin to delve into identity when we are training to be teachers and develop a personal philosophy. This philosophy is generally based on developmental ...

August 16, 2019

Manaakitanga Framework For Leadership

This resources was presented at the 2019 Thrive Conferences and was adapted from S & A Macfarlane: Te Pikinga ki runga....

August 16, 2019

Building a Christ-centred Organisational Culture

“Let your roots grow down into Him and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7Promoting and establishing teacher well-being is the foundation of a strong healthy organisational culture. Without prioritising teacher well-being it becomes challenging for children’s well-being to be at the centre of their educational experience. This internal evaluation tool is designed to enab...

August 16, 2019

Thrive Conference Presentation

The CECEAA Thrive Conference Presentation is now available for download....

August 14, 2019

Our CECEAA North Island Hui

It was fabulous to see over 80 people gather at Laidlaw College which was a beautiful setting for our weekend together growing our learning community.  It was a great time of encouragement as we grappled with some of the real issues that impact us in today’s society.  We were challenged to consider our personal wellbeing and to build our organisational culture so we can ensure we are a light in this national.  To enable us to do this Cathryn Bell talked about the importance of s...

August 14, 2019

Our Christchurch THRIVE Hui

We had a wonderful time at our CECEAA Christchurch Hui  and it was an opportunity to be inspired both personally and professional as we aim to THRIVE in all aspects of our life.  We engaged with our CECEAA THRIVE document and looked at how we can build a strong Christ- Centred organisational culture.  ‘We don’t want to just survive, God intends for us to THRIVE’.  Chris Thornley from the Teaching Council looked at ways we can strengthen our understanding of Inquiry and ...

August 5, 2019

Faith the Fantail

For some years now, Faith the Fantail has been flitting around the country, visiting different CECEAA centres and having many fun experiences with the tamariki and their teachers. Some of you will have already had the privilege of having her in your centres and will have shared stories of Faith’s adventures with us in the magazine.Faith has been having a bit of a holiday recently but she is now ready to go again and is currently exploring the environment and getting to know the tamariki at Wha...

July 25, 2019

Highlights from the THRIVE Leadership Hui

It was wonderful to be able to get together in Wellington at the beginning of April for our inaugural Leadership Hui where we launched our THRIVE. We had approximately 45 in attendance from Kaitaia to Dunedin and it was a privilege as a CECEAA executive to see connections being made and people engaging with what it means to ‘thrive’ as individuals and in our teams. We were blessed to hear from a range of speakers including Karen Haywood from InterLead, Cindy Hammond, Colleen Fryett, and Cath...

June 26, 2019

Children’s Ability to Serve Others

I was so heartened recently, after a vibrant conversation with Claire van Niekerk the Head Teacher from Bethlehem College Kindergarten in Tauranga.  The Kindergarten is involved in a Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) entitled Ngā Whānau O Karaiti that is focusing around the topic of Service Based Learning. In our conversation I was impacted by Claire’s view of the child.  She spoke with such passion about children’s ability to make an impact in their communities from a very young...

June 6, 2019

Te Hono - The Link : Term 2 2019

Welcome to the first edition of our termly newsletter. It is our hope that through Te Hono you will get a sense of, and feel linked into, what is happening within CECEAA as an organisation and in centres across the country. In this edition: THRIVE: North Island and South Island Hui datesMelody’s MusingsHighlights from the THRIVE Leadership HuiFaith the FantailPrayer Focus for Term 2: Praying for the regionsPost Graduation Scholarship Opportunity...

May 28, 2019

Thrive: Auckland 10 - 11 August 2019

Laidlaw College campus 80 Central Park DriveHenderson, Auckland REGISTER TO ATTEND Cost: $285 (Member) $325 (Non -Member) (This includes two lunches and one 2 course dinner)Please note: Accommodation is not provided. So don't delay book your accommodation today!...

May 28, 2019

Thrive: Christchurch 3-4 August 2019

South West Baptist Church. (Balcairn Street Site)6 Balcairn StreetHalswell, ChristchurchREGISTER TO ATTENDCost: $285 (Member) $325 (Non -Member)(This includes two lunches and one 2 course dinner) Please note: Accommodation is not provided. So don't delay book your accommodation today!...

May 28, 2019

Amazing Scholarship Opportunity At Bethlehem Tertiary Institute

In recognition of our recently signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa (CECEAA), BTI is offering a scholarship for our Master of Professional Practice programme to an early childhood teacher who wishes to further explore the way their faith can more actively influence their professional practice.   The scholarship is worth just over $10,000 dollars and is for a start in the July intake.  The scholarship covers tuition...

April 29, 2019

5 Simple Te Reo Pronunciation Tips

Do you want to use more te reo in your teaching practice? What’s holding you back? In my work as the author and publisher of Te Reo Singalong books, I meet many teachers who struggle with their pronunciation of te reo. This article introduces five simple tips to help you gain confidence with your pronunciation of te reo. First, let’s think about why we should make an effort to improve our pronunciation of te reo Māori. When I ask teachers in my workshops why they place importance on pronou...

April 16, 2019

NCO Report - April 2019

It is a privilege to be called into this role at this time.My first 6 months transitioning into the role has been largely about forming relationships and getting a sense of where CECEAA is at as an organisation. It has been great to reconnect with old colleagues as well as forming new relationships. Spending time with Thelma was helpful to identify the successful developments over the last few years as well as the current challenges from her perspective.  It has been exciting to see ho...

April 5, 2019

Chairperson's Report - April 2019

Kia ora koutou At last years’ AGM we welcomed Melody Stuckey as our new National Co-ordinator. We were also pleased to elect four new Executive members- Liza IIiffe (Whanganui), Barbara Samson (Dunedin), Chris Reid (Christchurch) and Ena Drinnan (Kaitaia). Along with Phil Ozanne and Karyn Robertson (Tauranga), Jenny Te Punga Jurgens (Whanganui), Huhana Winiata and myself in Auckland, we cover much of New Zealand! As Chair I would very much like to thank Mel and the Exec Members for the work t...

April 5, 2019

Melody Stuckey - National Coordinator

Melody StuckeyCECEAA National Coordinator(BEd, Dip Tch ECE) Melody has been working in the field of Early Years education for the last 25 years. She is an experienced Early Years leader, lecturer at BTI and teacher.  Melody has a background and passion for Christian Education and her international perspective has added to her ‘kete’ of knowledge in regard to best practice. Melody’s previous position was working in a large international school in China where she was Head of Early Years...

April 1, 2019

In The Best Interests Of Children

This book tells the inspiring account of the birth and growth of the very unique Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa. It documents the history and the stories of those directly involved in its inception and continuation, and concludes with the current vision for the Association's future.An important book, it makes visible the contribution the Association has made to the New Zealand early childhood sector over the past 22 years.About the Author:  Cheryl Greenfield has...

March 13, 2019

Thriving Not Striving!

The notion of thriving has become a common theme in many circles, but what does it mean to me as a Christian Educator and Leader?  For me thriving is about finding joy in my current situation. It is believing my job is a calling rather than just a means to an end.  I was reminded of this in a significant way this week when I was explaining to my 9 year old Luke the meaning of his bible verse from school “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’...

February 26, 2019

Every child a taonga

The draft strategic plan is out. What are your thoughts? Make sure you register for a regional hui so you can have your say. ...

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