logo

ChildForum Early Childhood Education Nationwide Network
Promoting quality, valuing knowledge, advancing thinking and working together for the benefit of children, services and the sector

Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitteryoutube

Member Login

Member space

 

Plans to Review the Home-based Sector Shelved

© ChildForum

The Education Ministry has shelved plans for a review of home-based early childhood education, opting instead to look at other ways of supporting the sector.

The review was initially announced in 2012. It was welcomed by many in the home-based sector particularly by lobbyist the New Zealand Home-based Association which had been calling for a review for some time with a view to strengthening regulations and improving quality and consistency.

The ministry now says two other  work programmes already under way will take priority over a separate review of home-based care.

Any changes to, or review of, home-based ECE will now be deferred until after the new Early Learning Information System (ELI) for data management and the ECE Funding System Review have been implemented in 2015.

The ministry's group manager of Early Childhood Education Karl Le Quesne said many of the "funding, transparency and quality concerns that gave rise to the proposed review" could be resolved through these two programmes.

In the meantime the ministry plans to focus on ensuring the quality of home-based care through its continuous business improvement processes.

It also plans to focus on ways to increase participation in home-based ECE by priority groups as part of a government drive to increase participation in ECE by 2016.

In advice to Education Minister Hekia Parata released by the ministry it states that while home-based ECE has been growing, the rate of enrolment of priority groups such as Māori and Pasifika children in these services is below the national average. According to the advice, 17 percent of children enrolled in home-based ECE were Māori compared to 21% nationally and just 3% of enrolled children were Pasifika compared to 7% nationally.

The ministry now intends to consult with the New Zealand Home-based Association and the more recently founded Home Early Learning Organisation to discuss ways to increase enrolments from priority groups.

 

Related articles

See an earlier news article: Announcement of review for the purpose of aligning the home-based ECE sector to government goals

 

Free E-Newsletter

Receive the free Early Childhood Alert.

captcha 

We hate spam as much as you, we will not sell your contact details to anyone.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

Don’t miss out any longer, click the button below to join ChildForum

Testimonials

  • Preschool Leader

    Having heard a colleague talk about how useful she had found their material I joined. ChildForum's replies to my queries are prompt, extremely informative & with a genuine personal touch. I am impressed by the commitment to research & courage in tackling the hard issues like the risks of poor quality care for under 2s
    Val Morrison (Small is Beautiful)
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Join Us!

child-with-binoculars-small

 

Subscribe now for information you can trust, expert advice and research, as well as access to quality resources

We are confident you will be delighted to discover and experience the benefits of membership - so join now and make this message for non-members disappear from your screen. 

Membership Options

Individual
Member

Who is this for?
Any person who has an interest in early childhood education and care or who works directly with children.

$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
$60.00 6 months student-only

The membership belongs to you, and you only. Enjoy your own personal username and password.

ECE Service Organisation
Member

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... established or newly licensed. Gives access to professional & research materials enjoyed by individual members PLUS service operation and management area. 

$198.00 12 months for a standalone licensed service
Special rates for organisations with more than 1 licence

The membership belongs to your whole organisation, team members and managers.

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have online access to the NZ-Int Research in ECE journal (includes all past and current issues) 

$125.00 annual subscription, renewable in November each year

A username and password for your library users linked to your IP address.