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Consultation closed

We held 44 public hui around the country, attended by more than 1900 people, as well as meetings with key stakeholders. We received 2,264 online survey submissions and 219 written submissions during the consultation period (which closed on 15 March).

Consultation feedback

Overall, at the public hui, through our online survey, and via submission, people told us that they were in agreement with most of the draft Plan’s recommendations. Most highly ranked were improving adult:child ratios and moving towards 100% qualified teachers in teacher-led services.

Who did we hear from?

We heard from a range of sector representatives, and some parents, at the public hui and via submissions. We also commissioned three parent focus groups, held in held in Auckland, Christchurch and Whangarei, to ensure that we captured parent’s view of the plan.

We asked survey respondents which types of early learning services they were involved with, and they said:

  • Kindergartens: 771 responses; 34%
  • Nga kōhanga reo: 101 responses; 4%
  • Playcentres: 311 responses; 14%
  • Home-based early learning service: 225 responses; 10%
  • Education and care services: 1,483 responses; 66%
  • Hospital-based services: 49 responses; 2%
  • Playgroups, ngā puna kōhungahunga or Pacific Island playgroups: 129 responses; 6%
  • Other: 83 responses; 4%


Next steps on the Early Learning Strategic Plan.

A final version of the strategic plan is being developed within the context of the Education Work Programme. This is being designed to fit together well so the different parts of the programme complement each other. It is expected that the Plan will be ready later in 2019.

The Government’s decisions on the recent Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education will be included as part of the strategic plan.