ERIC Number: ED458954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Final Report of the Strategic Plan Working Group to the Minister of Education.
Ministry of Education, Wellington (New Zealand).
Noting that research in New Zealand and internationally indicates the importance of the early years for children's well-being, learning, and social participation in the present and for the future, this long-term strategic plan offers a comprehensive and cohesive policy framework, goals, and strategies for early childhood education in New Zealand over the next 10 years. The plan was developed by a working group that held scores of consultation meetings during 2000-2001 with various constituencies in New Zealand. The New Zealand government identified two broad aims for the strategic plan: to improve the quality of early childhood (EC) services, and to increase participation in quality EC services. The plan incorporates 20 strategies divided into four strategic directions to support these aims: (1) increased participation, engagement, and access; (2) collaborative relationships to support quality; (3) improved quality; and (4) sustainability of services. For each strategic direction, the plan identifies key issues and directions, as well as indicators of successful implementation of the strategies. The strategies represent three major shifts in policy direction: (1) enhancing policies at the national level and contexts at the local level to facilitate the implementation of Te Whariki (the national curriculum) in its fullest sense; (2) changing structures, systems, and regulations so they become better coordinated to support contributions by parents, teachers, and educators to children's early learning and development; and (3) transforming the role of government within the early childhood education sector so that early childhood education is provided in partnership with government. Long-term measures beyond the life of this plan are outlined in the plan's Appendix. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Education, Wellington (New Zealand).
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand