About the Journal

This journal has been a part of the New Zealand early childhood community for a considerable length of time.

It was originally started by Caryl Hamer, who initiated the journal. Caryl Hamer had a long involvement in early childhood education. She has worked with a range of early childhood organisations including the NZ Playcentre Federation, YMCAs of New Zealand, Te Tari Puna Ora O Aotearoa/NZ Childcare Association and Anau Ako Pasifika.

Caryl then handed the reins to Cushla Scrivens at Massey University, who cared for it for several more years. On retirement, Cushla Scrivens handed the reins to Claire McLachlan and Sue Stover at AUT, who cared for it from 2006 onwards.

On Sue Stover’s retirement in early 2018, the reins were handed over to Claire McLachlan and Sally Peters (University of Waikato) and Karyn Aspden (Massey University). The journal also moved to an online, open access format at this time to increase the accessibility of the journal.

From 2024 the journal returns to its roots at Massey University, and we look forward to continuing growth in partnership with the Massey University Early Years Research Lab. 

The purpose of the journal has remained unchanged in this time, although the style has changed a bit over time. The key purpose is to share ideas about early childhood education in New Zealand, which will be useful to many groups. The articles have been used by providers of initial teacher education (ITE) in reading lists for pre-service teachers, by professional development providers with in-service teachers and by teachers and policy makers as guides for good practice. There has often also been a topical focus on the early childhood politics of the time, which make the journal a useful repository of historical accounts of early childhood in New Zealand. We hope that the journal continues to have a useful place in education in New Zealand and beyond, where we also know that it has readership.

The Coverage Time

Early Education has been published twice yearly since 1987. It will move to annual publication from 2018.


Dr Karyn Aspden, Institute of Education, Massey University

Professor Claire McLachlan, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato


Editorial board

Dr Karyn Aspden, Institute of Education, Massey University

Professor Carmen Dalli, Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Lia de Vocht van Alphen, College of Education, Health and Human Development, Canterbury University

Associate Professor Andrew Gibbons, School of Education, AUT

Dr Glynne Mackey, College of Education, Health and Human Development, Canterbury University

Professor Claire McLachlan, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Associate Professor Sally Peters, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie, Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Sue Stover, freelance consultant, Auckland

Focus and Scope

The focus of the journal has been on early childhood education, with a particular focus on publishing articles that will be relevant and meaningful to a practitioner audience in New Zealand. Where possible, the journal avoids publishing articles specifically on infant and toddler education, which are better located in the journal First Years, as the editors have wanted to avoid competition between the two locally published journals. Because of the focus on a practitioner audience, the articles are typically quite short in length, are written in accessible language and do not provide in depth discussions of research methods. The journal has always published both peer reviewed and editor-reviewed articles; so that teachers and emerging researchers are supported to share ideas stemming from both research and practice.

Peer Review and Editor Process

Authors are encouraged to submit their articles via the online portal and indicate that they wish for the article to be peer reviewed. Articles for peer review should have any identifying details removed from the text of the article. The submission will then be sent by the editors to two reviewers for blind review. Once the reviews are returned the editors will make contact with the author(s) and give advice on the outcome of the review.

Articles that are submitted for review by an editor will be allocated to one of the editors to liaise with the author and to give guidance on whether the submission is appropriate for the Early Education audience. If it is, the editor will then give guidance on how to strengthen the submission for publication. This is an encouraging and supportive process, which is designed to support first time authors in particular.

Ethical Guidance for Peer Reviewers

Peer reviewers are requested to respond to the categories identified in the peer review format that is sent to reviewers. They are also requested to comment on any ethical aspects of the submission and to include feedback to the author(s) on any matters that need to be addressed.

Peer reviewers are requested to declare any known conflicts of interest when they read any submission and to withdraw as a reviewer if they have such a conflict. Reviewers are requested to keep the submission and their review of it confidential.

Guest Editor Policy

There have been a number of guest editors of volumes of Early Education over the years. Typically this is a member of the Editorial Board, who proposes to drive the recruitment of submissions on a particular topic and to lead the editing process. However, the editors welcome proposals from anyone who would like to lead the development of a volume or a section of a volume on a particular topic. Please contact the editor if you would like to make a proposal.

Journal Sections

The journal typically includes the following:

  1. Letter from the editor
  2. A letter from….
  3. Peer reviewed articles
  4. Editor reviewed articles
  5. Management matters
  6. Book reviews
  7. List of contributors

Use of Photos

You must obtain written consent for the use of photos within the journal where a person can be identified. The permission must state permission to publish online. 

Complaints procedure

Should authors, readers or reviewers have a complaint, this must be sent in writing to the General Editor, outlining the basis of the complaint.

The General Editor will review any complaint on the basis of EEJ policies and procedures. The General Editor may convene an extraordinary Editorial Board meeting to resolve matters before responding to the complainant with a final ruling and/or next steps.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Journal Sponsor

This journal is published by the Institute of Education, Massey University, in partnership with the Massey University Early Years Research Lab.