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  • Glenda Albon

    Kia ora Dot

    Welcome to the Online site for the Christchurch Infant and Toddler Network Group. This group is just in it's early stages and we plan to have a face to face meeting in the near future (details will be on here in the next couple of weeks) to introduce members to ways they can use this site to interact and share ideas etc.

    Glenda Albon

  • Tara Fagan

    Tena Koe Dot, it is great to have you as part of our ECEONLINE community. Please feel free to ask questions, and to contribute as you explore the site.
    To help you get familiar with the site, a good place to start is by searching for resources. You can do this by selecting MORE, RESOURCES from the top menu bar and type in your search term.
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  • As part of Brainwave Trust, we are researching information on the effects of group care on infants and toddlers brain development. Any helpful articles/links we haven't found would be great. Looking especially to see if we can track down info from a...
    • Jean Rockel

      Hi, I'm not aware of any research specifically about on the effects of group care as such in NZ, which is really not good enough is it!  As usual, little money for this in our country, despite it being the most important time for such research.  The article Relationship-shaping: Teacher consistency and implications for brain development by Miriam McCaleb and Nathan Mikaere-Wallis is a very popular article from The First Years Nga Tau Tuatahi NZ Journal of Infant and Toddler Education 7(2), 2005. 

      I have just attended the Childspace regional Auckland conference on Saturday last, of Yeah Baby, which was just fantastic.  In Pennie Brownlee's presentation she emphasised primary care (which goes by many names and is not sole care, but having buddies (other teachers) who take a primary role with an infant and family.  She mentioned a You Tube presentation: Nature, Nurture and the Power of Love: the Biology of Conscious Parenting, which I have just watched (in two parts, but 2 hours long) which explains genetic instincts/subconscious mind/conscious mind, and I found it fascinating. I presented with Rachel Hughes on 'Supporting the genius of the infant' in which we looked at the issue of love - along the lines of loving to learn and learning to love.  The powerpoint should be available on the Childspace site by the end of the week.

      Obviously the reduction of stress in any ECCE services is of vital importance.  The only other article I can think of is the work done by Margaret Sims in Australia - she published in our journal 'Child care for infants and toddlers: Where in the world are we going?' by Margaret Sims, Andrew Guilfoyle and Trevor Parry vol 8, issue 1, 2006.  This research pointed to the need for a philosophy of practice. 

      To me brain research is of vital importance.  There is a chapter on neuroscience in the Literature Review by Dalli et al (2011) on What is quality infant toddler care for the Ministry of Education (google to access).  The article I use for my course is J.P. Shonkoff (2010).  Building a new biodevelopmental framework to guide the future of early childhood policy.  Child Development, 81(1), 357-367. 

      You might be interested in googling the Brain Day - a most valuable day organised through University of Auckland Medical School.  What would we do without the internet!!!  I wonder if any students are looking at this topic through University of Auckland Psychology/Medical School? 

      It will be interesting to hear from others. 


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