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Major News - special edition of the ECE Alert

There is major news on a new government plan for ECE. We have prepared a series of articles with links to further information on topics you may want to know more about.

There will be implications for current providers of ECE.

All investors and those planning to expand their service should also take note.


  1. Government's intention to champion a high quality public education system. Should private and commercial services be fearful of this? 
  2. Agenda For Raising the Quality of ECE in NZ
  3. The details and timeline - a look at the previously confidential paper to cabinet on the Education Minister's proposals 
  4. Nearly 60 years since the minimum adult-child ratio was regulated in centres and it's not been improved


1. Government's intention to champion a high quality public education system

Should private and commercial services be fearful of this and what is it likely to mean for the future growth of the ECE market?  Find out - read more

What's happening for home-based ECE and how resurrecting a review of the sector has potential to be of benefit Read more

Hipkins will be no fool second time around with the ECC business group even if it initially plays nice Read more

What about the future of the free kindergarten system? Read more

Will there be benefits for centre and home-based teachers/ educators?   Learn more


2. Agenda for Raising the Quality of ECE in NZ

Any new strategic plan must address and not glide over or ignore the problems currently affecting quality for children.

Read more about each and the solutions at hand - View a copy of the Agenda online by clicking here.   

  1. Children’s rights and interests
  2. Child numbers
  3. Adult to child ratios
  4. Qualified teachers
  5. Gender discrimination
  6. Space per child
  7. ECE participation / life balance
  8. Knowing children
  9. Teacher wellbeing
  10. Accountability and transparency
  11. Community ownership and participation
  12. Valuing care and education

Lotta De Coster Professor in Developmental and Clinical Psychology at the University of Quebec, Canada, had this to say about the Agenda For Raising the Quality of ECE in NZ  

"Very clear and interesting "problem-solution" approach in order to raise the quality of early childhood education. Excellent ideas, e.g. home-visiting in order to know the children; implementation of strategies in order to improve teacher/educator well-being."


3. The details and timeline - a look at the previously confidential paper to cabinet on the Education Minister's proposals

Education Minister Chris Hipkins outlines his intentions for an “Early Learning Strategic Plan” in a paper to cabinet, which are as follows: Read more.


4. Nearly 60 years since the minimum adult-child ratio was regulated in centres and it's not been improved 

Looking at the first set of Child Care Centre Regulations introduced in 1960, the minimum ratio was 1 adult to every 5 children under 2 years. The ratio for over-2s was 1 adult to every 10 children. This is the same today. So nearly 60 years later there has been no improvement in the regulated adult-child ratio. But centres are much busier places today with more demands placed on staff. Teachers must follow and implement a nationally prescribed curriculum. They must also assess children's learning and document it. The maximum permitted number of children in centres has tripled from 50 to 150 creating more demanding environments for teachers to work in. Teachers are required to do a large amount of documentation and engage in ongoing professional development.  

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