The 21st PECERA International Conference has been deferred until 2021, for information - please click here


For information pertaining to the Novel Coronavirus and the PECERA Conference - please click here

21st International PECERA Conference Deferred. (1 April update)

21st PECERA Annual International Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Visionary navigators: Advocating for children, families and early childhood education.

Announcing the deferal of the conference until 2021

For details, please see below.

Deferment Notice

21st PECERA Deferment Information

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and attending Conferences (5 March update)

To download the information below - please click here

The New Zealand Ministry of Health advice is:

“As the situation regarding novel coronavirus can evolve rapidly, we suggest you check our web content for the latest updates. Our website is being updated daily.”

Can I go to the Conference?

As always, anyone who is unwell should not be at any public events.

Anyone arriving in New Zealand who has returned from mainland China, Iran, northern Italy or the Republic of Korea (excluding airport transit), or been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days is being asked to self-isolate. You should self-isolate for 14 days.

If you develop symptoms including fever, coughing and difficulty breathing you should ring Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor.

When should I stay home?

If you feel sick, you should stay at home.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms you should contact Healthline as soon as possible (for free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor.

When should I seek medical advice?

If you are concerned about any symptoms you are experiencing, please contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor.

How do I protect myself and others from Covid-19?

It's really important to practise good hygiene, regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands and practise good cough etiquette.

What are the signs and symptoms of Covid-19?

Symptoms of Covid-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have Covid-19. Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • difficulty breathing.

Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

If you have these symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with Covid-19, please contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor immediately. 

What should I do at the Conference?

  • Please restrict your physical contact with other people
  • Wash your hands thoroughly at regular intervals
  • If hand sanitizer is available, use it regularly
  • Try to refrain from touching your face
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue
  • If you begin to feel unwell, please go home and contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor immediately.

7 February Update

Kia ora tatou – Greetings everybody

In this conference news update, please find information on the following:

  • Website update – refreshing your URL.
  • Only 3 weeks to go to submit your abstracts for poster and paper presentations
  • Conference registrations are open
  • Visa and NZ Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) requirements

The full update can be seen below. To view update on mobile device and to download, please CLICK HERE.

Pre Conference Activities

There are two optional activities for attendees to choose from, these will be held prior to the conference. Details about these options are below - you will have the opportunity to choose them during the main Conference registration process.

Optional Activity 1

Visits to ECE centres
Friday 3rd July, 9am – 12noon
Cost NZ$45

Conference participants are able to register for a visit to one of our local ECE centres. Diversity is a characteristic of early childhood services in Aotearoa New Zealand and include the following:  

  • Kindergartens: teacher-led services predominately for three- and four-year-old children in ‘school-day’ programmes
  • Playcentres: parent-led sessional programmes primarily for two and a half to five-year-olds
  • Education and care services: include sessional and full-day programmes for children from birth to five years, with some catering for children of particular ages or having distinct educational philosophies such as Steiner, Montessori;  
  • Pacific Island Language Nests: EC services that prioritise languages of Pacific Island countries for children and families.   
  • Kōhanga reo: provide programmes in te reo Māori for children and whānau (families). As much as possible, visitors are asked not to speak English when visiting Kōhanga reo.   

If you are interested in taking part in a centre visit, you will be asked during the main Conference registration to to make a choice of the type of service you would like to visit. As there will be limited numbers of places for the different service types and we may not be able to accommodate all first choices.   

Lunch will be provided for those attending a centre visit.

Optional activity 2

He Kōrerorero Tiaki Taiao: Sharing Sustainability Stories
Thursday 2nd July, 10am – 3pm
Cost: NZ$40

Nau mai, haere mai, ki tēnei huihuinga o tātou. We welcome you to join us for this session in which we will share our experiences, our research and our teaching that focuses on early childhood education for sustainability in line with the aspirations of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.7:

“More than any other target, 4.7 touches on the social, humanistic and moral purposes of education. It explicitly links education to other SDGs and captures the transformative aspirations of the new global development agenda”[1]

“Specific steps should be taken to incorporate messages for ‘people and planet’, including Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)”[2]

What strategies have you found effective? What have you learned? How have you supported young children’s advocacy on behalf of their planet and their future?  We look forward to having this opportunity for discussion, for reflection and for learning from one another. The session will run from 10am until 3pm on Thursday 2nd July. 

Lunch will be provided.

“Kia pai te whakatere i te waka kei pariparia e te tai, ka mōnenehu te kura nei”
Steer the canoe carefully or our treasures will be drenched by the sea spray.

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