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Early Childhood Education Governance Group
The ECE Governance Group (PDF, 36KB) (ECE GG) is comprised of 18 people from a range of ECE-related groups to reflect the diverse nature of the sector. They have been selected to provide the strategic leadership and direction, and an effective decision-making structure for the review. We received a strong response to the invitation for nominations to be on the ECE GG, and regret we were not able to select all who generously made themselves available.
The ECE GG convened for a two day meeting on 28-29 January 2014. The plan for the review was discussed, along with a draft needs analysis presented by Ruth Barnes, and initial thinking for a new set of qualifications based on the needs presented.
There was evidence of need for a strong bi-cultural pathway within Early Childhood Education. The ECE GG expressed a desire to better understand the implications of a Mātauranga Māori Evaluative Quality Assurance (MM EQA) pathway within the review and how it would impact Governance, approach and requirements for qualification development. This resulted in a hui on 11 February, prior to the ECE GG teleconference meeting held 20 February which determined to strengthen the Māori and Pasifika perspective on the ECE GG as soon as possible.
Four additional members were appointed mid-March to strengthen the Maori and Pasifika perspective on the Governance Group.
Additional members may be co-opted by the ECE GG to supply key skills, knowledge or representation where gaps are identified. The co-leads and professional advisor also attend Governance Group meetings.
The Governance Group met 25 March and agreed to a proposed ECE qualification landscape consultation, and to seek expressions of interest for working groups to be established to develop the draft qualifications.
The Governance Group reconvened on 13 and 23 May to consider consultation feedback (PDF, 508KB), finalise a Brief (PDF, 1.8MB) for the working groups, and to clarify issues that arose when the working groups convened 21/22 May to develop the proposed qualifications.
The Governance Group met 23 and 27 June to consider the draft qualifications developed by the working groups and the consultation documentation. The ECEGG endorsed the consultation documents and proposed sector meetings to be held in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington during July 2014.
The ECEGG reconvened 7 August to consider the feedback from the consultation and sector meetings, and determine changes required before the proposed suite and supporting documentation is finalised for the 'application for approval to develop' stage of the review process.
All consultation submissions were considered in detail by the ECEGG, and a summary of the feedback (PDF, 438KB) is now available. Stakeholder feedback on the draft qualifications consultation strongly supported the further development of each of the proposed qualifications. There were a number of issues raised that have been addressed, with some held over as they are more appropriately considered in the next stage of development.
Minutes from the meetings are available from the quick links section.
One of the crucial documents that needs to be prepared is a needs analysis (PDF, 1.8MB), which informs the decisions of the Governance Group when designing the future range of ECE qualifications. Ruth Barnes from Waiariki has taken the lead to compile this document, supported by Jane Ewens, Te Tari Puna Ora O Aotearoa - NZ Childcare Association.
The needs analysis has required comprehensive investigation and analysis to quantify need in terms of supply and demand, both existing and with a future focus. This document contains background research and data on the ECE sector, and identifies the range of roles and competencies expected of a graduate of the proposed range of ECE qualifications. The conclusions reached highlight the strategic need for ECE qualifications and specific needs of learners and employers.
The draft needs analysis has informed the initial decision making of the Governance Group, and an updated draft will be available in August.
The needs analysis is a living document and we welcome your input. If you have information you would like to contribute, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.