ERIC Number: ED429736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Progress towards Licensing and Chartering Pacific Islands Early Childhood Centres in New Zealand.
Mara, Diane L.
There has been concern in New Zealand about whether the level and pace of licensing and chartering Pacific Islands early childhood centers (PIECCs) are sufficient to meet current needs. This study identified obstacles to the attainment of licensed and chartered status as assessed by key informants from agencies working with Pacific Islands Language Groups and PIECCs, representatives of the national Pacific Islands early childhood associations, and representatives of licensed centers or centers working towards licensing. Findings indicated that agencies viewed funding as the primary barrier; viewed national organizations and centers as becoming better informed about early childhood education; and identified centers' almost total reliance on government funding and ability to sustain licensed status as challenges. Pacific Island national associations identified difficulties related to funding, parent involvement, and rapidly changing policies and regulations; noted the importance of Pacific Island agency personnel; and identified the challenge in providing further immersion in Pacific Island languages. Key informants from PIECCs identified barriers and challenges, including funding, relationships with families, and lack of qualified staff. Differences between licensed and unlicensed programs included the ability to extend services to all-day provision, ability to train and pay staff, improved community status of the programs, and increased access to quality services. (Four appendices include information on definitions of terminology used by the Ministry of Education, interview questions, and feedback on the draft report. Contains 19 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Certification, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Program Improvement, Young Children
NZCER Distribution Services, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand