Institute for Early Childhood Studies
Find out about the Faculty of Education’s Institute for Early Childhood Studies.
The Institute was established in 1995 as a joint initiative by Victoria University of Wellington and Wellington College of Education.
Following the merger of the College and the University in 2005, it became part of the University’s Faculty of Education.
The Institute promotes excellence in early childhood education through:
- policy studies
- information services
The Institute maintains strong links to early childhood teacher education and early childhood professional development through the involvement of its members in these areas.
The 2016 IECS Autumn Research Seminar was held on Saturday, 14 May. The theme for this seminar was Making Teaching Visible. There were two keynote speakers - Helen Hedges and Daniel Lovatt - and a selection of workshops and papers.
The IECS Autumn Research Seminar was held on Saturday 16th May 2015. The theme for this seminar was Diverse Diversities with two keynote speakers – Professor Marilyn Fleer and Dr Alex Gunn - and a selection of workshops and papers
Autumn Research Seminar 2014
The IECS Autumn Research Seminar was held on Saturday 10th May 2014 The theme for this seminar was Relationships: People, places and things with two keynote speakers – Anita Mortlock and A/Prof. Vanessa Green – and a selection of workshops and papers.
Winter Research Seminar 2013
To view papers presented at the 2013 Winter Research Seminar: Early Childhood Professional Learning: Growing the Profession/Growing the Community, please click here.
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 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- maintenance of an archive of early childhood historical documents, and a reference library of a series of specialist early childhood books, journals, video tapes and personal collections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