ERIC Number: ED341510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Experiences of Charter Development in Early Childhood Centres in 1990. Quality in Early Childhood Centres Report One.
Farquhar, Sarah-Eve; And Others
Ten New Zealand kindergartens, play centers, and child care centers were studied to assess the consequences of government-mandated charter development. Issues related to the charter document, consultation, effects on centers and participants, government bureaucracy, and the impact of becoming chartered were examined. It was found that there was considerable variation in the ways in which parents were consulted and involved in charter preparation, and there was little consultation at the community level. Charters were perceived to be a requirement imposed from above. Staff, committees, and managers had to address the quality of their relationships with parents in order to deal positively with charter development. Charters did not affect the center environment for children to any substantial extent, except in such areas as the inclusion of Maori and cultural activities. A major source of frustration was the short time period for charter preparation. The charters developed by centers proved to be useful as reference sources that could serve as a basis for future evaluations. Because of the many positive outcomes of charter development for centers, it was recommended that the government requirement to charter early childhood centers be retained. Contains 30 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ministry of Education, Wellington (New Zealand). Research and Statistics Div.
Authoring Institution: Otago Univ., Dunedin (New Zealand). Education Dept.
Identifiers: New Zealand; Play Centers