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About the review

The Ministry of Education is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the early learning regulatory system (the Review). We want to make sure the system is clear and fit for purpose to support high quality educational outcomes for our youngest learners. The Review is being completed in three tranches to ensure high priority issues are actioned first.

Public consultation has finished for proposals relating to home-based qualifications and implementing the new network management function. Consultation for two sets of proposals has been extended until 22 October 2021. This includes:

  • Regulating for 80% qualified teachers and strengthening the person responsible requirement for teacher-led centres and hospital-based services
  • Strengthening the person responsible requirement for home-based services

Consultation documents and surveys on the proposals are below. For more information about the Review, please visit this webpage.

Tranche two proposals

Regulating for 80% qualified teachers and strengthening the person responsible requirement for teacher-led centres and hospital-based services

In the Early Learning Action Plan, the Government set an objective to regulate for 80% qualified teachers in teacher-led centres in the medium term. We are consulting on different options to implement this action for teacher-led centres and hospital-based services. We are also consulting on proposals to ensure the person responsible role for teacher-led centres and hospital-based services remains clear, fit-for-purpose and safeguards children’s best interests.

Information about these proposed changes can be found in the consultation document.

A summary of the information is also available in the summary documents in the languages below:

English summary document

Te reo Māori summary document

Cook Island Māori summary document

Samoan summary document

Tongan summary document

Have your say by completing the survey in either English or te reo Māori below:

Start the survey in English

Start the survey in te reo Māori

Consultation closes on 22 October.

Strengthening the person responsible requirement for home-based services

We are consulting on proposals designed to strengthen the role of the co-ordinator/person responsible for home-based services. These proposals are designed to strengthen key elements of the role, and align with related proposals from the 2018 Review of Home-based ECE.

Information about these proposed changes can be found in the consultation document. A summary of the information is also available in the te reo Māori summary document and English summary document.

Have your say by completing the survey in either English or te reo Māori below:

Start the survey in English

Start the survey in te reo Māori

Consultation closes on 22 October.

Implementing the new network management function under the Education and Training Act 2020

From 1 August 2022 if you want to operate a new licensed early childhood service you will need to seek network management approval from the Minister of Education before you apply for licensing. Network management approval is set out in sections 17 and 18 of the Education and Training Act 2020 (the Act).

Information about the proposed changes can be found in the consultation document. A summary of the information is also available in the te reo Māori summary document and English summary document.

Consultation for these proposals closed on 13 October 2021.

Changes to qualifications required for all home-based ECE services through the standard funding rate

In September, we consulted on draft regulations that would implement the minimum percentages of qualified educators for all home-based services, which will apply through the minimum standard funding rate. These percentages will apply to all services on the standard rate from 1 January 2022. This is to support the Government’s decision to move towards a qualified home-based ECE workforce.

More information about these proposed changes can be found in the consultation document. A summary of the information is also available in the te reo Māori summary document and English summary document.

Consultation for these proposals closed on 27 September 2021.

Contact for the Review

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Review you are welcome to email Earlylearning.Regulatoryreview@education.govt.nz.

https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/early-learning-regulatory-review/