Young people in Finland will be heading back to school again sometime between 7 August and 14 August, depending on the location and type of the institution in question. The academic year will introduce several new policies affecting learners of all ages.Early childhood educationNew nationwide criteria for early childhood education and care from the National Agency for Education came into effect in early 2019, and providers of such services will incorporate these new policies into their curriculum this autumn. The new plan places more emphasis on broad-based competencies such as developing thinking skills and good learning habits. Instruction will also focus on teaching self-care, cultural awareness, interaction and self-expression, critical information framing, and IT and communications skills.A trial that began in 2018 that offers one-third of all five-year-olds free access to early childhood education will continue for another year. Children currently start kindergarten studies at … [Read more...] about New school year ushers in multiple changes
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NEW Education Minister Joseph Yopyyopy wants the department to focus on a clear policy for early childhood education where a system is established that prepares preparatory students for formal education. … [Read more...] about New education minister wants focus on early child education
With the primary and secondary strikes looking like they might have won concessions from the Government, another group of teachers are starting to make noise. The Early Childhood Council says the Government underspent in childcare by $75 million last year, forcing some centres to close thier doors. Chief executive Peter Reynolds says the lack of funding is alarming. "That is either really bad planning on behalf of the Ministry of Education, or it's a deliberate effort to cut back further funding from childcare in New Zealand. This comes at a time when childcare centres are screaming for funding." PPTA calls off strike Winston Peters claims dispute with teachers solved New Zealanders support teachers' pay increase - poll Reynolds believes the Government has been too focused on the primary and secondary teachers' strikes to notice what's going on in early childcare. "I think the squeaky wheel is getting the attention. We don't begrudge primary or secondary school teachers - but … [Read more...] about Could early childhood teachers be the next to go on strike?
SPRINGFIELD – A pair of reports released this week offered supporting arguments for one of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities: increasing investment in early childhood education. Both reports, one by a group of law enforcement officials and another by leading business executives, use data from the Illinois State Department of Education that shows roughly three-quarters of all students entering kindergarten in Illinois lack necessary school readiness skills in at least one of three critical areas – social-emotional development, literacy or math. Only about a quarter of all new kindergarteners demonstrate school readiness in all three categories. Because of that, the reports argue, many of those children fall behind in their early elementary years and have difficulty throughout their school careers, leading to a wide range of social problems, including a lack of workforce skills and a higher propensity to get involved with crime later in life. … [Read more...] about Reports endorse investment in early childhood education
Four in every 10 children in the Pacific Islands are missing out on early learning, putting them at a disadvantage from the start, warns a new UNICEF report. The number contributes to the more than 175 million children, around half of pre-primary-age children worldwide, not enrolled in pre-primary education. UNICEF’s first ever global report on pre-primary education A World Ready to Learn: Prioritizing quality early childhood education highlights that children in pre-primary education are more than twice as likely to be on track in mastering early literacy and numeracy skills than children missing out on early learning. In the Pacific, UNICEF is supporting 14 countries to increase access to pre-primary education. Good progress has already been made in a number of countries, including Fiji, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Federated States of Micronesia. Whereas for Tonga, no data is available, although pre-primary … [Read more...] about Four in 10 children missing out on early education in Pacific