Shaping the future
It is election year and political parties have begun announcing key policies. Children’s wellbeing and addressing child poverty are emerging as top priorities for the parties, and access to early childhood education is a central feature. New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) welcomes the focus on children in this year’s election. We would like to see adequate resources directed to the early years of a child’s life, including early childhood education, to support children and whānau.
- children and whānau must be at the heart of policy development and decisions
- every child has the right to attend a high quality early childhood education service
- every child can be successful and take the next step in their education with confidence
- the early childhood sector should have equal status with other education sectors.
- commit to 100% qualified, registered teachers in all centre-based, teacher-led services, and a funding model to support this goal;
- provide better support for community-based services to be able to establish and maintain ECE services;
- ensure ECE policies are integrated into broader education policies, providing a cohesive policy framework across education settings;
- facilitate opportunities for joint leadership development and professional development across the teaching profession, and support professional networks for teachers in early childhood and primary education to support effective leadership, positive transitions and educational success for young leaners;
- in collaboration with the ECE sector, establish a national process to form the planned provision of ECE services in future.
For more information about NZK, visit www.nzkindergarten.org.nz.