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Early Childhood Education

Alistair Lamb

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On this page you will find information and resources that are specifically related to Early Childhood Education. For all general Teacher Education information and resources, please see the Education portal. Further information and help may also be found at the Virtual Education Reference Desk (VERD).


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A+ Education

Coverage: Coverage: 1978- Index, 2000- Full-text.

An indexing and full-text database providing access to information about all aspects of education in Australasia including New Zealand. Sources include journals, monographs, research reports, theses, conferences legislation, parliamentary debates, newspapers, tests and the web.

Education Research Complete

Coverage: Full text

Education Research Complete covers all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.

Humanities & Social Sciences Collection

Coverage: Coverage: 1998 - (Full text)

Dedicated to content from and about Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, this database covers agriculture, arts, Asian studies, business, cultural studies, education, history, indigenous studies, law, media, political science, reference, social sciences, science and technology.
User Guide

New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER): Journals Online

NZCER Journals Online provides access to Set: Research Information for Teachers, Assessment Matters, Curriculum Matters and Early Childhood Folio.  These titles cover research in early childhood education, curriculum and assessment in education research, policy and practice.

ProQuest Education

Coverage: 1966 to present (Some full text)

Includes CBCA Education, Physical Education Index, ProQuest Education Journals and ERIC. These databases provide resources on teaching, educational research, educational administration, literature on primary, secondary, higher, adult and special education as well as home schooling. The collection includes scholarly journals, administration and professional publications, topical journals, theses, dissertations and education-focused newsletters.


Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society

Explores questions of psychology, learning theory, game theory, and history in depth. Approximately 460 entries describe both adult and childhood play and games in dozens of cultures around the world and throughout history.

Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care

This ebook provides a good starting point for research, it explains key ideas and issues in Early Childhood clearly and concisely, with subjects ranging from Gender to Te Whariki.


Early Childhood Folio

Published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, this journal contains recent research in early childhood education. The articles are designed to be thought provoking and forward-looking, and are ideal for staff discussions.

Early Education

Early Education is a semi-annual journal published by Early Education Services at Auckland University of Technology, for people interested in early childhood education. Also available in print.

The first years : New Zealand journal of infant and toddler education = Ngā tau tuatahi

The First Years - Ngā Tau Tuatahi is a professional peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles, research, book reviews and commentaries on infant-toddler education. The library holds this journal back to 2006.


ECE Lead: Early Childhood Education Leadership, Management and Administration

This site provides information about leading, managing and administering early childhood education services.

Education Review Office (ERO)

ERO reviews schools and early childhood education services and publishes national reports on current education practice.

Ministry of Education: Early Childhood

The Ministry of Education's Early Childhood section provides links to the latest Early Childhood education news and websites, including ECE Lead and ECE Educate.

New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER)

NZCER is an independent educational research organisation with a bicultural focus.

User Guide

New Zealand Education Gazette

The New Zealand Education Gazette is the official journal of the Ministry of Education.

New Zealand Playcentre

A national organisation that provides Early Childhood Education Centres that are run co-operatively by whanau/parents. Playcentre also provides parent education, equipment and facilities for quality early childhood education.

NZ Kindergartens Incorporated (NZKI)

The parent body of 29 Kindergarten Associations throughout New Zealand representing more than 430 kindergartens.

Te Kohanga Reo National Trust

This trust was set up to manage the kaupapa (philosophy) of the Kohanga Reo movement and to facilitate a partnership between the people and the departments of Government.

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand

Formerly NZ Childcare Association, Te Rito Maioha provides a wide range of professional services to childcare centres and individual members (including students).

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