23 August 2018
The Early Childhood Council welcomes the
review of home-based early childhood education services.
The Ministry of Education has released a
range of proposed changes to home-based ECE services for feedback to help
inform final decisions.The proposed
changes are part of a whole of education sector reform programme.
The Early Childhood Council (ECC) Chief
Executive Officer, Peter Reynolds, says the ECC supports the review and proposed
changes that would better align regulations across the early childhood
education (ECE) sector.
changes include minimum qualifications for educators, and asking whether au
pairs should be excluded from minimum qualifications, but funded at a lower
changes also cover working conditions, transparency of funding, some changes to
the role of visiting teacher, and tightening up the
way other children in the home are counted as part of the home-based service.
"The ECE sector is made up of variety
and parent choice of provider - which is a good thing. However, the ECC has long called for
regulations to be evenly applied across the sector and for more transparency
for parents, " Mr Reynolds says.
We support proposals to introduce
minimum qualification standards for educators, and to address inconsistencies
in regulation, licensing criteria, health and safety practices and the
engagement of educators.
That has to be a good thing for quality,
for children and for parents.
"There are too many inconsistencies in
the regulatory expectations.We support
a level playing field across all ECE service types and, in particular, support
informing parents of quality and regulatory differences between the ECE service
types where these exist so informed enrolment decisions can be made," Mr
The Early Childhood Council is a
not-for-profit membership body that represents the interests of almost 1,200
community-owned and privately-owned early childhood centres.
As well as ensuring the childcare centre
voice is heard by education policy decision makers, the ECC provides our
members with professional development opportunities, tools and support.