The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi

The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi is a professional journal for people involved and interested in the education and care of infants and toddlers.

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New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education

The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi, published twice yearly, provides a forum for teachers, researchers, and others to reflect on their everyday realities and passions related to the care and education of very young children. The journal serves as a catalyst for debating practice, policy and pedagogy, both within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, presenting opportunities for readers to connect and engage in reciprocal exchanges in a globalised world. Its vision is to promote the status of infant and toddler educational provision and provide a key source of inspiration, for those who work with, and are interested in, infant and toddler education and care.

Executive Editors

Dr Maria Cooper
Associate Professor Marek Tesar

Honorary Editor

Jean Rockel

Consulting Editors

Dr Sandy Farquhar
Professor Helen Hedges

Managing Editor

Mina Badiei

Editorial Committee

Ann Hatherly, John Roder, Sue Stover

Editorial Board

Sonja Arndt, Carmen Dalli, Sheila Degotardi, Ann Hatherly, Diti Hill, Joce Nuttall, Berenice Nyland, Valerie Podmore, Lesley Rameka, Jenny Ritchie, Jean Rockel, Mere Skerrett, Sue Stover, Jennifer Sumsion, Rita Walker, Jayne White, Pam Winter.

Peer reviewed journal

The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi is a peer reviewed journal, including two kinds of articles published—one quality assured by engagement with the editor and one quality assured through double blind-peer review by two reviewers. We welcome submissions of articles from researchers, academics, practitioners, and others interested in infant-toddler education and care. The editorial team may consider the provision of a mentor to offer support to new and emerging writers. The editors make the final decision regarding whether the manuscript is accepted for publication, before and after review, and may seek further advice from the Consulting Editors, the Editorial committee and Editorial board where necessary.

Information for contributors

Please submit your contribution to executive editors Dr Marek Tesar and Maria Cooper (

  • An original manuscript as an attachment in an email. The contribution should preferably be in Word format, with a 2.5 cm margin, between 1500-4500 words, and double-spacing. Use APA referencing.
  • Include original photographs if necessary.
  • The copyright for published contributions will reside with the First Years Journal, once the authors have signed a copyright transfer form.

Recent publications

Issue 1, 2019

Editorial: The infant toddler landscape 20 years on: Where have we got to?
by Maria Cooper and Marek Tesar
The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi’s 40th issue: Guest editorial: Twenty years later
by Jean Rockel
The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi’s 40th issue: Reflections on the changing landscape of infant and toddler education
Reflections by Enid Elliot, Margaret Sims, Helen May, Norah Fryer, Lorraine Sands, Sue Stover, Jayne White and Sandy Farquhar
Respecting and re-thinking children’s interests: Insights into children’s identity formation
by Helen Hedges
Emotional labour in ECE leadership: Examining the experiences of teacher-leaders
by Natalie Donald
Saving time with efficient planning and assessment practices for infants and toddlers
by Rene Novak
Spirituality, positive emotion and well-being
By Ashley Gullap Jerry
“Dance is liberation ... resistance ... politics ...” : A conversation with Adrienne Sansom
By Maria Cooper (with commentary by Helen Hedges)