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

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

Contents Issue 1 2021


"An accidental alignment of focus: Contemplating the significance of culture in infant-toddler education and care" by Maria Cooper

"Wai Koiora: Reclaiming, reframing and realising Māori knowings in Early Childhood Educatio" by Lesley Rameka, Te Aroha Puru, and Tracy Ani Rikihana (peer-reviewed)

"Reflections on Touch and a Pedagogy of Care: An Asian Perspective" by Janelle Chung

"The experiences of families of children living with disability in New Zealand Playcentres" by Gretchen Good (peer-reviewed)

"Reflecting on the 'capable' child during conflict moments: challenging your mindset" by Heidi Panchartek

"Balancing two minds: Parent and Teacher" by Amber Pates (peer-reviewed)

"The First Years Journal interview series: ECE leader Malo Taeao"

Book review: “Love builds Brains” by Jean Clinton, review by Jean Rockel

Book review: The work of the eyes/iii’s: "Sean Sturm on Seeing the World through Children’s Eyes" by Sean Sturm


Contents Issue 1 2020


"He waka eke noa: The significance of everyday leadership in
times of change" by Guest Editor Justine O‘Hara-Gregan and Maria Cooper

“We had to keep fighting”: The legacy of Beverley Morris (1923-2019) by Sue Stover

"A tuakana-teina model across the infant-toddler rooms: Nurturing a culture of peer mentoring for teachers" by Shirlene Murphy

"Internal Transitions – Our Learning Journey" by Antonia Fletcher

"Leadership development as a bus journey: Making sense of life experiences from childhood to adulthood" by Louise Gorst

"Mentoring and Leadership – Applying an Educaring® Lens" by Helen Lye

"Experiences of leadership: reflections from a provisionally certificated teacher" by Sophie Moskowitz

"The First Years Journal interview series: ECE leader Tina Tacken"  

"Book Review: For women and children: A tribute to Geraldine McDonald" by Chris Jenkins