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Cross-party support essential for ECE reforms

As feedback on the draft Early Learning Strategic Plan closed last week, early childhood educators are calling for cross-political party support for the reforms and for ECE to be recognised as an integral part of New Zealand's education system.

Childcare costs jump to equal private school fees

Childcare costs have jumped in the past decade to the point where they are often now roughly the same as private school fees.

Compulsory qualifications planned for home-based early childhood education and childcare

Some childcare providers are expected to quit, and those who stay in the business may raise their fees, under a new policy requiring home-based carers to become qualified.

Early childhood centre numbers in Tauranga soar, as teacher shortage bites

A perfect storm is brewing in Tauranga's early childhood sector as new childcare centre growth surges and a teacher shortage bites.

Response: Nicholas Pole – a system perspective on the current state of ECE

Education Review Office’s Chief Review Officer, Nicholas Pole, responds to recent articles about the early learning sector in New Zealand, emphasising ERO’s role in driving quality and integrity in the early childhood sector.

Opinion: Kathy Wolfe – When will the Ministry take action on the shortage of...

While schools are facing teacher shortages, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand Chief Executive Kathy Wolfe urges the Government not to forget about similar recruitment challenges faced by the early childhood education sector.

Response: Peter Reynolds – ECE centres are not “nasty corporates”

Chief Executive Officer of the Early Childhood Council Peter Reynolds responds to Peter Lyons' opinion piece which criticises the early childhood sector for its focus on corporatisation.

Demand for qualified ECE teachers spurs return to education

Proposals to move towards a 100 per cent qualified workforce in early childhood centres will prompt many experienced but unqualified ECE teachers to get qualified says one ECE training provider.

Supporting te rangatiratanga in young learners

Kaiako talking about learning and thinking is helping children at Papakura West Kindergarten to become confident in their decision making.

Are we failing our youngest learners? Intervention waiting times still increasing

Everyone in the early childhood sector will be encouraged by Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ recently announced plan for students under six, which emphasises more and better qualified teachers. What’s less clear is whether young learners with acute additional needs figure as prominently as they should in his forward planning. By Jaylan Boyle.

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