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National Early Childhood Management Forum, May 2015

childforum's logo The Early Childhood Management Forum is held in Wellington the day after the Minister of Finance announces the Budget for the coming year.

In 2015 the Forum was be held on Friday 22nd May. Early childhood service leaders, owners, and managers from throughout the country met to learn and examine what the immediate future holds for early childhood education. They also participated in presentations on quality and business issues during the day.

Notes of what was discussed in group break-out sessions and copies of presentations provided by presenters are available to ECE Service members - click here to view.


Presentations and speakers included:

The 'Big Economic Picture
Chief Economist with the BNZ, Tony Alexander on the likely operating environment for businesses for the next couple of years

The 'ECE National' Picture
Ministry of Education Senior Management ECE Policy, Andrew Mcloughlin on what Budget 2015 holds for early childhood education and care across the country and questions of interest to us.

An ECE Service Quality focus

  • Giggles Early Learning Centres - Rachel Terry and Pania Baxter
  • The Ole Schoolhouse - Eric and Julie Hollis
  • Kristin Kindergarten - Diana Patchett, Mandy Savage and Maree Kelly

An 'ECE GROUP' Picture
Wayne Wright on the story behind Kidicorp's growth and its change from private to charitable status

Break-out group discussions and sharing of ideas

  • Not-for-profit ECE services 
  • For-profit ECE services
  • Pasifika services  

Strengthening Child Protection Practice
Eric Hollis (Professional development facilitator for the MOE and Centre co-owner/manager)

The Early Learning Information System
Anthony Newton (Ministry of Education Senior Manager, ECE Funding and Implementation), Sherra-lee Tamaki (Lead Advisor ELI), and Jenna Houpt (Senior Advisor ELI) 


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