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Research on Quality & Effects on Children

happy child hands in airWe have created sub-categories because there is so much in this section. 

Click on the sub-categories below to see the list of articles under each.  Happy learning and reading!  

Conference Research Presentations

Abstracts and copies of presentations at the Annual NZ Early Childhood Research Conference, starting from 2012, will be available from this page.  

Here is a listing of the previous conferences 

  • 2014 Mach, Wellington
  • 2012 January, Wellington
  • 2010 May, Christchurch
  • 2009 January, Wellington. A Joint conference with Australian researchers

In 2008 our NZ researchers attended the Australian Assn for Research in ECE conference

  • 2006 December, Wellington
  • 2005 November, Dunedin
  • 2004 November, Wellington
  • 2003 November,  Auckland
  • 2002 Palmerston North
  • 2001 Christchurch
  • 2000 Hamilton
  • 1999 Wellington
  • 1998 Dunedin
  • 1997 Auckland
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Effects of ECE on Children - Research

babies in careWhile there is clear evidence of the cognitive and language benefits of targeted and well-funded intervention programmes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, much less is known about the impact of ordinary/typical ECE programmes experienced by most children.

In New Zealand early childhood education programmes differ by community, philosophical and educational approaches, the number of children in the programme, the number of hours available, the age range of children in the programme, the cost to families, and the location and type of building in which programmes are provided. Children are likely to have widely varying experiences of their early childhood education and care, with heterogeneous effects on their learning and development.

For alternative views including parent perspectives and policy options go to another section of articles on our website by clicking here.

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Survey Reports and NZ ECE Data

This section contains:

  • annual survey reports on the State of the Early Childhood Sector including what is going well and not going well in the sector and any worries for the coming year,
  • the results of surveys on major policy issues,
  • description and analysis of data on the sector, its workforce, children and families collected by the Ministry of Education and from other sources.

More recent reports can be found at a new public information link - go to the list of Reports from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and .... new releases.

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