ECE Annual pre-conference gathering

Please join us on this day for a keynote speaker presentation, our annual ECE SIG AGM and panel session. Please visit the event page to register.


(Strong and tall like the horoeka)

The Early Childhood SIG has been established for interested early childhood professionals to share research and explore topics for the early childhood sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is anticipated that participants will use the SIG as a means to connect and collaborate with colleagues from around the country and internationally. Within the SIG, our aim is to create opportunities to share research in a supportive environment in order to build research capacity and nurture emergent and early researchers in the sector.

 The Early Childhood SIG promotes the growth and development of early childhood research as a critical and integral part of wider educational research and source of information for the sector. We encourage early childhood researchers to share and disseminate their work in early childhood circles and to wider education communities. We support a diverse range research topics and methodologies from a diverse group of researchers including practising early childhood educators, lecturers and scholars at universities and training institutes, students and student teachers, primary school teachers, educators in extension education services, families of young children, and other professionals with an interest in early childhood education.


In 2016 the Early Childhood Education SIG launched two awards. 

The Lyn Foote Award for Student Research in Early Childhood Education recognises a current NZARE member who has completed a high-quality masters or doctoral thesis.  

The Judith Duncan Award for Early Childhood Research is given to an NZARE member who has made notable contributions to the field of early childhood education and care through the conduct of high-quality research.  

For more information see ECE awards 


Early Education Journal (Pub by AUT) - Link here
Early Education Folio (NZCER) - Link here
He Kupu - Link here
International Journal of Early Childhood - Link here
Ngā Tau Tuatahi: The First Years - Link here