Pūmanawa Rangahau Kōhungahunga—Institute for Early Childhood Studies

Find out about the work being done by the Wellington Faculty of Education’s Institute for Early Childhood Studies and get contact details for our staff.

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The Institute was established in 1995 as a joint initiative by Victoria University of Wellington and Wellington College of Education. It is part of the University's Faculty of Education.

The Institute promotes excellence in early childhood education through research, policy studies and professional learning and development.

The Institute maintains strong links to the early childhood teacher education sector through the activities of its members.

The work of the Institute

The work of the Institute includes:

  • being a public voice in the interest of children and their families on early childhood issues.
  • research and publications on early childhood education and issues related to the learning and development of young children
  • national and international consultancy to government and non-governmental agencies on early childhood issues
  • public seminars and professional learning and development workshops as a resource for early childhood professionals
  • support for early childhood researchers in tertiary institutions, early childhood organisations, and early childhood centres
  • maintenance of an archive of early childhood historical documents, and a reference library of a series of specialist early childhood books, journals, video tapes and personal collections
  • provision of a welcoming place for visiting international and national early childhood scholars and for local early childhood groups
  • adminstration of the Tony Holmes Early Childhood Education and Care Fellowship.

Institute for Early Childhood Studies Annual Review

Read the Institute for Early Childhood Studies Annual Review 2017

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Tony Holmes

Tony Holmes Early Childhood Education and Care Fellowship

The Tony Holmes Fellowship is for an Early Childhood practitioner working in an early childhood education and care setting.

The Fellowship is intended to allow the recipient time for research and reflection, leading to recommendations for pedagogical or policy change that would benefit early childhood education and care in New Zealand.

The Fellowship is awarded annually, and the practitioner will be based at Victoria University of Wellington—Te Herenga Waka, Faculty of Education associated with the Institute for Early Childhood Studies. It is for a period of up to three months depending on the amount of funds available. The award is for a stipend, travel and accommodation, and includes access to the University library and a study space.

The Fellowship is open to current practitioners with preference given to proposals in the field of nurturing language skills, including skills in more than one language, and especially te reo Māori and Pasifika languages.

Email lisa.terreni@vuw.ac.nz for more information.

Get in touch

The Director of the Institute is Dr Lisa Terreni:

Senior Lecturer
School of Education