Beyond Regulatory Standards and Expectations to Building Quality

Free guide for parents on choosing the best ECE This can be viewed or downloaded from the parents MyECE.org.nz website.

Building Quality 

By Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander There seems to be so much to do in trying to provide a quality service, does there not?

Is all your work worth it or could a change in focus and method achieve better results?

To help you to think critically on this consider the following:

  • Who defines what quality is? And for whom?
  • Whose quality do you prioritise and why?
  • How much time, energy and money (e.g. additional staffing, administration and training costs) do you (your service) put into meeting external licensing and other legal requirements, expectations for conformance from the Ministry of Education and Education Review Office and professional obligations? Now, compare this with the time, energy and money put into researching, discussing, planning and anticipating children’s and parents’ wishes and perspectives.  

Your Quality Sits Above Regulatory Standards

Parents will have their own reasons for selecting your particular service. They are likely to have already factored into their decision the organisational characteristics of your service (e.g. location, hours, look and feel).

If your service follows a particular educational philosophy such as Montessori or Rudolf Steiner or has a particular cultural perspective then this could well be important, and a key reason for families to select your service. 

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