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