Early childhood education (ECE) matters.
Much media attention has been devoted to concerns about the quality of some early childhood education (ECE) services, and this year’s begun with the spotlight on the inadequate supply of teachers – including ECE teachers.
Chief Executive of the Early Childhood Council (ECC) PETER REYNOLDS sheds light on the “supply-demand problem” for the sector and tells us why we need to get the ECE-qualified teacher back on the Immigration Skills Shortage list.
New Zealand's newest professor of early childhood education, Professor Helen Hedges, says New Zealand needs to place more value on ECE and reflect this in policy and budgetary decisions.
"All 3, 4 and 5-year-olds can get free early childhood education for up to 6 hours a day, up to 20 hours a week" – this is what is stated on the NZ Government's website. But 20 hours of early childhood education is not fees-free for all eligible children.
Pacific-language preschools say they have been set back 30 years by tough new English language tests that have forced the closure of all dedicated Pacific preschool teaching courses.