If you've been involved and contributed to the Ministry of Education's education conversation and thought that was it - it is not.
A new survey on the "Future Direction of Early Learning" has been launched today by the Ministry to contribute to developing the government’s 10-year Strategic Plan for Early Learning (sic early childhood education and care). To what extent will people's individual and collective contributions to the survey be reflected in the wording and content of the final Plan?
1. The Minister has been pretty clear about the kinds of things he wants to see reflected in the Strategic Plan and Labour's policy,
2. Te Whariki the early childhood curriculum is most unlikely to change given that it was only just revised by the Ministry. So parent and whanau values and ideas for improvement for early learning in relation to curriculum seem likely to be put to one side.
3. The survey closes later in July. That leaves a minuscule amount of time for any detailed analysis of survey responses, and because these are important it should not be rushed. It leaves little or no time really for feedback and re-writing of what has been drafted before the Education Minister seeks Cabinet's approval for the final completed written plan in December.
But it is an opportunity to have your say - again.
A ministry spokesperson said: "The survey is aimed at parents, families and whānau, teachers, early learning (sic early childhood education) providers and the wider community. We want to hear from a wide range of people about what they think is working well already, and what could be changed to improve early learning for all New Zealand children, from birth to 5 years old." Go to the survey here.