The years of discovery…
What happens in early childhood, matters for a lifetime
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” – Fredrick Froebel, founder of kindergarten
Children are innovators, problem solvers, communicators and leaders. At kindergarten, they learn about science, mathematics, technology, language and literacy, music and art. Teachers create learning environments where children are valued, happy and safe, where their identity and culture is celebrated, and where children can explore and learn about the world around them, developing skills and growing knowledge and understanding. Together with families and whānau, qualified teachers extend and progress children’s learning, supporting every child to be competent and confident in their world.
Kia ora, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, kia orana, fakatalofa atu, malo ni, mauri – welcome to kindergarten.
Early childhood education makes a difference for a lifetime and New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) commends the Government for developing a 10-year strategic plan to ensure high quality early childhood education provision.
The Board of NZK has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer. Jill Bond has enjoyed a significant public sector career having held senior leadership roles in Housing, Education and Health. Most recently Jill was the Executive Director of the Office of the Director General of Health and had responsibility for the delivery of the refresh of the NZ Health Strategy.
In appointing Jill to the position James Patea, President of NZK said the Board was delighted that Jill had accepted the position and they looked forward to working with her to deliver on the government’s early childhood education agenda. “What happens in early childhood makes a difference of a lifetime and having a passionate and committed person leading NZK is critical for Kindergarten”.
“This is our moment to get it right for young children and reset government policy in the interests of high quality teaching and learning” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive NZ Kindergartens. “The government’s determination to ensure the provision of high quality early childhood education (ECE) unique to Aotearoa, is to be applauded.”
The Minister of Education released the draft ECE strategic plan today which sets out a series of recommendations to lift the quality of ECE services through improved adult:child ratios and a requirement for 100% qualified and well-supported teaching workforce, to improve the planning of new services and strengthen monitoring of all services, and to increase investment in community-based, public ECE.