Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Current review

NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) is reviewing the suite of Early Childhood Education (ECE) unit standards. All level 5 and 6 ECE unit standards and PIECE unit standards have expired or are expiring by 31 December 2021.

The review is of the following thirty-four (34) current ECE unit standards, linked to the reviewed ECE qualifications at Levels 2-4 which were reviewed 2020-2021:

Subfield Domain ID

Early Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood: Educational Theory and Practice

10013, 10019, 10026, 26707, 26708, 29852-29858, 29860, 29863-29866, 29872-29875, 29877, 29881

 

Early Childhood: Family, Whanau, Community and Society

29859, 29861, 29867, 29870, 29871, 29876
 

Early Childhood: Professional Practice

29868, 29869, 29878-29880

The review will also update the landscape of ECE unit standards (DOCX, 48KB) to align with the reviewed qualifications.

We invite expressions of interest in participating in the review, either as a member of the Review panel, or as part of the supporting email network.  We are also inviting feedback on these standards to inform the review.

Review panel

There will be one review panel, and individually each panellist will:

  • have wide expertise, and credibility, prestige, and mana within the sector
  • have direct experience with relevant ECE unit standards
  • understand and be committed to best practice in standards based assessment
  • be able to work collaboratively for the common good rather than just for their own sector or interests
  • be available for the review panel meetings.

Collectively, the review panel will as far as possible be representative of all stakeholder groups. Panellists will also be part of the email network.

Review panels are proposed to convene in June and July 2021, and reconvene as required to:

  • examine the current standards and to decide whether/how they need to be amended so that they continue to align to the reviewed Level 2-4 ECE qualifications and meet identified needs
  • where relevant, develop other new standards- if needed.

We pay a fee for service to panellists, including for e-meetings, and we meet all travel and accommodation expenses.

If you wish to apply to be a panellist, please email the Application/Nomination form (DOCX, 529KB) to ece.review@nzqa.govt.nz by Tuesday 25 May 2021.

Email network

Members of the email network will receive regular updates between meetings with opportunities to contribute feedback, opinions, and ideas. We are happy to add people to the email network at any time.

Feedback

We invite feedback on these standards to inform the review, particularly comments on any interpretation issues, credit value size, the value of having these unit standards available that are aligned to qualifications, or any other suggestions or comments.

Any feedback that might inform the review panel can be forwarded to ece.review@nzqa.govt.nz.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to the ongoing quality of these standards.

Contact

If you would like to receive information and updates about ECE unit standards, please send a message to ece.review@nzqa.govt.nz asking to be added to the stakeholder list.

Resources and links

Completed reviews

2019 - ECE & PIECE standards for expiry

Details are available in the June 2019 Review of ECE and PIECE unit standards change report.

NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) reviewed the 15 Level 5 and 6 Early Childhood Education (ECE) unit standards and 38 Level 3-7 Pacific Islands Early Childhood Education (PIECE) unit standards, which in June 2019 were approved for expiry.  The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2021.

2017 – Development and review of ECE standards (for NZ ECE qualifications)

Details are available in the April 2017 Review Summary change report.

The suite of 29 new and five reviewed Early Childhood unit standards developed for use as assessment tools for New Zealand Early Childhood qualifications at Levels 2-4 were published in April 2017.  The new ECE standards in subfield Early Childhood Education and Care are numbered from 29852 – 29881. 

2017 – PIECE standards for expiry

Details are available in the November 2017 Review of Pacific Islands Early Childhood Education unit standards change report.

NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) reviewed 21 Pacific Islands Early Childhood Education (PIECE) unit standards in 2017.  Further to consultation feedback, NQS expired 21 Level 5 and 6 Pacific Islands Early Childhood Education (PIECE) unit standards.  The last date for assessment to take place was 31 December 2019.

2015 – ECE and PIECE standards revision and rollover

Details are available in the August 2015 Revision and rollover of 37 ECE and 38 PIECE unit standards change report.

Contact

For more information and/or comments regarding these unit standards, please email: nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

 
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