Wednesday 21 February 2018
The Early Childhood
Council (ECC) looks forward to participating in meaningful and inclusive discussions,
meetings, and consultations on proposed changes to the education sector that affect
early childhood education.
The Minister of
Education today announced proposed reforms of the education sector, and a
number of work programmes that will take place over the next three years.
The ECC Chief Executive
Officer, Peter Reynolds, says it is pleasing to see early childhood education (ECE)
will be included as an equal participant in discussions from day-one.
"We welcome any moves to
view the education sector as a whole, and ensure it is more inclusive, and
hopefully enable more of a level playing field across the ECE sector too," Mr
"The ECC looks forward to
participating in the Education Summit and the work to develop an Early Learning
welcome involvement in other working groups, and consultations on elements that
may impact ECE. This includes the proposed
review of funding, the review of home-based services, an action plan for
learning support, and the development of a future-focused Education Workforce
Strategy," he says.
to revise the Pasifika Education Plan, for example, needs to take account of
the detrimental impact the Education Council's International English Language Testing
System (IELTS) policy is having on Pasifika ECE teachers. So it will be good to be part of the wider
education discussions and consultations to ensure the ECE voice is heard."
At the centre
of ECE are this country's youngest citizens.
ECE matters and has an important role establishing the foundations for a
child's future learning pathways.
has a model of parental choice and variety of ECE services. We support
this model, but seek a fairer ECE playing field to address funding losses, and equally
applied rules and regulations for the sector.
"ECE in New
Zealand enjoys a world-class curriculum, Te Whaariki, that was recently
refreshed. We hope this will gain the support it deserves to be fully implemented
and better aligned with the wider school curriculum as another way to support
pre-schoolers transition to school," Mr Reynolds says.
ensuring fair access to quality ECE for all, and ensuring those that require
additional learning support, can receive it."
The ECC looks
forward to the details of the proposals, and to participating in meaningful,
inclusive discussions, working groups and committees, hui and fono.
The Early Childhood
Council is the largest representative body of licensed early childhood centres
in New Zealand. It is not-for-profit and
The member centres we
represent care for and educate more than 50,000 New Zealand children, and
employ more than 7,000 staff.
more information please contact
CEO Peter Reynolds Phone: 0800 742 742
or 028 258 22322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
ECC Senior Communications Officer Lucy Taylor
Phone: 04 471 0399 Email: email@example.com