Swings + Roundabouts Winter 2022

FROM THE Editor Kia ora koutou katoa, He rangi tā matawhāti, he rangi tā matawhānui. A person with narrow vision has a restricted horizon; a person with wide vision has plentiful opportunities. After having tunnel-vision both professionally and personally over the last two years with the vibe of ‘just getting through the day’ I’m starting to feel that it is time for change and momentum. Hence why I chose the above whakataukī when I thought about the upcoming 2022 ECC Conference. Now was time to challenge myself and move forward. If you are looking to challenge yourself, widen your perspective and meet like-minded people facing similar work-focused challenges the 2022 ECC Conference this September may just be the key. From page 20 find out what’s on offer – from the aspirational keynote speakers to the many centre manager and teaching workshops, plus a variety of expo exhibits – all which you can add to your kete to confront and solve difficult situations and create positive change. Further reading highlights in this issue: If you are a community-based centre you will find Megan Thorn’s article, Welcome to the Community Board: Setting up for success, insightful with many practical ideas when inducting a new board member. If you like what you read, you won’t want to miss Megan’s practical workshop at conference where her session will provide practical tips and tools to help Centre Managers to support their board to be the best they can be. Have you yet accessed the Teaching Council’s Unteach Racism tool? If not head to page 14 and gather some ideas on how this tool can support your culturally responsive practice. I challenge you all to step onto this kaupapa and enrich your teaching and relationships with all tamariki and their whānau. Workplace culture – can make or break a centre on page 28 reminds educational leaders on the importance of aligning your centre’s values to create a positive workplace culture. If your workplace is unsettled or emotive it may be time to revisit your values and philosophy and re-centre! Tolerance and employee engagement on page 30 is a think-piece article, offering a few ideas for educational leaders in how to connect and engage your team with some thoughts around acceptance, involvement and belonging. On page 32, there is a short article from a two-year long research project looking at how schools can be supporting the transition from early learning to school more successfully. There is a follow-up story on page 34, Transitioning to school, offering readers some of the recent research from ERO for ECE services and some reflective starting points from Te Whāriki in how we in early learning can be supporting our tamariki as they transition to school. If you’d like to contribute an article to Swings & Roundabouts, we’d love to hear from you. We like to share positive ECE management and teaching stories to inspire and inform our readers. Any topic you would like to write on will be considered. Ngā mihi Trudi Sutcliffe Editor Specialised business insurance for over 1500 childcare centres Get your insurance sorted 0800 765 429 childproof.co.nz June 2022 { 7 }