Early childhood services fall short

first_imgNZ Herald 6 August 2015A report into education for under-3s has found almost half of early childhood services are not doing enough to help babies and toddlers learn.The review of 235 early childhood services providers shows while they are good at establishing warm and nurturing relationships, 46 per cent lack a responsive curriculum that supports our youngest children to be “communicators and explorers”.Experts have labelled the findings “concerning”, with academics saying there are major implications for children’s development if they are not in a quality, stimulating, responsive setting during crucial brain development time.“The best early childhood care, it’s not just babysitting,” said Auckland University research fellow Jean Rockel. “It’s about more than keeping you safe. It’s a critical period of learning, and about developing empathy. It’s time to get things right in these first years. You don’t easily get a second chance with the brain.”The report was undertaken by the Education Review Office in 2014. It was prompted by several earlier studies which also highlighted concerns about education for under-3s.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11492610last_img read more

Women’s basketball sweeps road trip

first_imgAfter a month of home games, the USC women’s basketball team traveled to Colorado and Utah to gain two more Pac-12 wins. The teams’ record improved to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in conference.The Women of Troy did not lose the lead in either game. Their opponents, however, found ways to close the point deficits forcing the team to address and correct their game plan.“Road wins are always big,” said coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. “Going to someone’s home court in a difficult game, when you’re not at your best [and] you still come out with a win, it makes it a bigger victory.”On Friday night, USC stormed through Colorado with an 81-61 victory. Freshman guard McKenzie Calvert and senior forward Alexyz Vaioletama shot the lights out of Coors Events Center by scoring 20 points each. Sophomore guard Brianna Barrett also contributed a generous 17 points and went on to be the only Trojan to score double digits at both games.USC wrangled in the Buffaloes during the first half. Though USC was shooting at 43 percent and Colorado at 42 percent, turnovers and a pair of three-point shots were the catalysts to success for the Trojans.Defensive stops and reliable offense gave the team the early lead within the first five minutes of the game. They then held the Buffs to over two scoreless minutes, giving the Trojans an opportunity to extend their lead.Freshman guard Courtney Jaco was the first to shoot from behind the arc. Less than four minutes later, sophomore guard Brianna Barrett dropped another three-pointer and the Women of Troy soared beyond the Buffs with a 40-27 lead by the end of the half.“We had intensity and the energy coming out of the game,” Vaioletama said. “There was a couple of times where we were on the run and got to the free-throw line.”In the second half, the Buffs returned with an offensive stampede and scored 20 points within the first eight minutes, while the Women of Troy added just 16 points.“We had to pick up our defense,” Barrett said. “We had a mini slow start but we picked up again with our energy.”USC frequented the free-throw line as the second half continued. Barrett made 10 out of 13 free throws, leading the Women of Troy to a crushing win over Colorado.Continuing the road trip, USC won a 46-43 game against Utah this past Sunday. The Women of Troy were unable to land a single three-point shot. However, free throws saved the team in the end as they scored 12 out of 16 points at the key. Barrett had the highest score for USC in the game with 13 points. Utah forward Taryn Wicijowski and guard Paige Crozon scored 14 points each.Both teams scored at a sluggish pace with USC shooting at 36.7 percent and Utah trailing in field goals at 31.8 percent. Halfway through the first quarter, the game was tied at 11 points. After a three-point play by junior forward Kaneisha Horn and a score from Barrett, the Trojans had a five-point lead. Sophomore guard Jordan Adams seized a bucket and sparked an argument from the Utah sideline that resulted in a technical foul for the Utes and with that, USC was up 26-17 at halftime.The Trojan experienced a rough second half when after scoring early, the team went scoreless for six minutes. Freshman forward Kristen Simon ended the drought with 9:30 left in regulation, but the Utes kept the game close.Cooper-Dyke said the Utes were very physical, making the game tough for the Trojans.“Utah did a very good job with getting us out of our game plan,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We had to call a lot of different offensive sets and a lot of different plays to stimulate some offense.”After securing a five-point lead, the Women of Troy then suffered another offensive drought and the Utes took advantage of the opportunity. With only 14.5 seconds left, Utah was down by 1. After Simon sealed the game with two free throws, Utah was not able to fill the gap and fell to the Trojans 46-43.As the result of a successful road trip, Calvert was named  Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Jan. 5.“It all came from my team and feeding off of them,” she said. “It was a blessing.”Looking forward, USC welcomes freshman transfer Sadie Edwards from UConn. Edwards played six games with the Huskies averaging 4.8 minutes per game. In high school, she was named Newark Star Ledger Prep Player of the Year.“She was a big part of two high school state championships,” Cooper-Dyke said. “She’ll be practicing and training with us immediately, and we can’t wait to have her.”last_img read more

Huskies win 8-7 over Grande Prairie Wheelers

first_imgThe Huskies earned a dramatic 8-7 overtime win over the Grande Prairie Wheelers on Friday night.The Huskies had a bit of a rough start, with the Wheelers scoring 2 goals within minutes of each other, and at the end of the first period the score was 5-1 GP.In the second period the Huskies took over scoring and tied it all up.- Advertisement -In the third period, the Wheelers took the lead twice more, but but the Huskies refused to quit, eventually tying the game with only 38.8 seconds left.After some end to end four on four overtime, Jordan Shipton finally ended it, scoring his third of the game, and giving the Huskies the win. The Huskies will definitely gain some momentum after this huge 8-7 win.Listen to this highlights package [asset|aid=543|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=171d58de2d8292c6af4393b9826212bf-Huskies win 8-7 over Wheelers_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more