Politicians Support Access to High Quality ECE
A number of select committee reports were released at the end of 2013 and each one supports access to high quality ECE. NZK made submissions to the select committees during the public consultation period for each of these inquiries. A number of the recommendations in the reports reflect the views expressed in NZK submissions, including the overarching acknowledgement of the important role of high quality ECE in supporting children, whānau and communities.Inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse, with a focus from preconception until three years of age (Volume One and Volume Two) reported 18 November 2013
Recommendation for early childhood education*:
*The recommendation, and the report, is focused on the first three years of a child’s life.
- We recommend to the Government that it continue to strengthen and fund high-quality early childhood education (ECE) programmes, and ensure access to high-quality ECE for those who would benefit most, including exploring the delivery of ECE services within the public education system in the most disadvantaged communities and where provision is an issue. A clear target, aimed at zero-to-three-year-olds, with planned costing, should be set within one year of this report being published, and measures to achieve it implemented over the next two years.
Read the NZK submission here.Inquiry into Pacific languages in early childhood education reported 28 November 2013
- That it [the government] consider establishing Pasifika language early childhood education best practice models, to be developed in consultation with the community;
- That it [the government] encourage growth in the number of Pacific Island language immersion early childhood centres;
- That [the government] consider undertaking research into the uptake and quality of Pacific languages in early childhood education.
Read the NZK submission here.Inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for Maori children reported 20 December 2013
Key statements include:
- “All tamariki Māori are entitled to have the best possible start to their education, and high-quality, accessible early childhood education is an important part of such a start.”
Read the NZK submission here.