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Early Childhood Education

  • Continuity of Early Learning: Overview of Data Findings

    This report provides a summary and synthesis of the findings of the data collection component of the Continuity of Early Learning: Learning Progress and Outcomes in the Early Years project.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Bronwen Cowie, Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips, Keryn Davis, Ali Glasgow, Ann Hatherly, Lesley Rameka, Louise Taylor and Maretta Taylor. Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, The University of Waikato. Report commissioned by the Continuity of Early Learning Workstream of the Minister's Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.

    Date Published: July 2015

  • Continuity of Early Learning: Case Studies of Assessment Practice

    This report, ‘Case Studies of Assessment Practice’, provides details of findings from the four hubs and four pairs, constructed as case studies.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Bronwen Cowie, Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips, Keryn Davis, Ali Glasgow, Ann Hatherly, Lesley Rameka, Louise Taylor and Maretta Taylor. Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, The University of Waikato. Report commissioned by the Continuity of Early Learning Workstream of the Minister's Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.

    Date Published: July 2015

  • Continuity of Early Learning: Literature Scan

    This report sets out the Literature Scan for the Continuity of Early Learning project. The literature scan focused on current practice in documenting and sharing learning progress in the early years, summarising New Zealand and International approaches.

    Author(s): Margaret Carr, Bronwen Cowie and Keryn Davis. Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, The University of Waikato. Report commissioned by the Continuity of Early Learning Workstream of the Minister's Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.

    Date Published: July 2015

  • Census 2013 Statistics on ECE Teachers

    Statistics NZ’s Census collects a comprehensive set of data on early childhood education (ECE) teachers. Much of this information is additional to the type of data collected by the Ministry of Education. This paper summarises the findings from the 2013 Census.

    Author(s): Andrew Morrison, Early Childhood Education Analysis Team [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: October 2014

  • ECE Participation Programme Evaluation: Delivery of ECE Participation Initiatives Stage 2

    This report is from the second stage of an evaluation of the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) ECE Participation Programme. The overall evaluation explores how the Participation Programme and individual initiatives addressed barriers to participation in early childhood education (ECE) for target groups and communities. The focus of this report is on how initiatives’ responsiveness to families and participating communities has enabled them to overcome barriers to participation.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Patricia Meagher-Lundber, Toia Caulcutt, Maretta Taylor, Sarah Archard, Helena Kara and Vanessa Paki.

    Date Published: October 2014

  • ECE Participation Programme Evaluation

    The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Participation Programme was set up in 2010, and focuses on increasing ECE participation in areas where children are not participating in quality ECE before starting school. These are largely Māori and Pasifika children, and children from low socio-economic communities. The initiatives set up under the Participation Programme contribute to achieving the Government’s Better Public Service goal that in 2016, 98% of children starting school will have participated in quality ECE.

    This baseline report on the delivery of ECE participation initiatives details findings from a stage one evaluation of the programme, completed by the University of Waikato. It looks at initiatives started in 2010/2011. Further stages of the evaluation are underway.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Patricia Meagher-Lundberg, Maretta Taylor, Toia Calcutt, Telesia Kalavite, Helena Kara, and Vanessa Paki, University of Waikato.

    Date Published: July 2013

  • Evaluation of Ministry of Education-Funded Early Childhood Education Professional Development Programmes

    The Ministry funded ECE Professional Development (PD) Programmes are for a three year period from July 2010 to June 2013. The focus for the PD Programmes is on targeting locations with low rates of ECE participation to support quality provision in those communities and services that are likely to enrol children who have the greatest potential benefit to make from participating in quality ECE (Māori, Pasifika, and children from low socio-economic areas). This report represents the findings from the evaluation of the PD Programmes and was undertaken during 2012.

    Author(s): Sue Cherrington, Mary Jane Shuker, Alison Stephenson, Ali Glasgow, Lesley Rameka and Kate Thorndon with Sarah Sears, Nicola Goodman, Alison Barker and Jonine Nager, Victoria University of Wellington.

    Date Published: May 2013

  • Participation in Early Childhood Education: Evidence Booklet

    This booklet presents information about children’s participation in Early Childhood Education (ECE) in New Zealand. It provides summary and time series information about children who do not participate in ECE, as well as new information about the duration, and the amount of time spent in ECE, for children who do participate. The Booklet presents a national overview and regional breakdowns providing insights into the unique characteristics of participation across the regions and selected population groups.

    The Booklet has been prepared for the Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Taskforce to provide an evidence base to support and inform the Taskforce’s work. The Taskforce has been established to achieve the Government’s Better Public Service target: ‘in 2016, 98% of children starting school will have participated in quality ECE’.

    Author(s): Michelle Basham, ECE Analysis

    Date Published: December 2012

  • 2011 Survey of Income, Expenditure and Fees of Early Childhood Education Providers in New Zealand

    This report presents results from the 2011 Survey of Income, Expenditure and Fees of ECE Services. It provides information on average costs of providing ECE services, and the main drivers of these costs. It provides new information on average parental charges, and how much of services costs are met by government and how much are met through private sources. It also looks at the extent of volunteer contribution within the sector.

    Author(s): Julia Arnold and David Scott, ECE Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2012

  • Employment outcomes for ECE teaching graduates

    This report looks at the post-study employment and earnings for ECE teaching graduates over a five year period following the completion of their qualification. The research provides information on the make-up of ECE teaching graduates, and aims to provide insights on how attractive the ECE sector may be in terms of recruiting, retaining and renumerating ECE teaching graduates.

    Author(s): Temaleti Tupou and David Scott, ECE Analysis, Education Information and Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2012

  • Locality-based evaluation of Pathways to the Future - Ngā Huarahi Arataki

    Pathways to the Future: Ngā Huarahi Arataki was a 10-year strategic plan for early childhood education published by the Ministry of Education in 2002. This report synthesises findings from a locality-based longitudinal evaluation of Pathways to the Future: Ngā Huarahi Arataki.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Patricia Meagher-Lundberg, Diane Mara, Pam Cubey and Margaret Whitford, The University of Waikato. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: July 2011

  • Quality early childhood education for under-two-year-olds:
    What should it look like? A literature review

    Recent years have seen increasing participation of under-two-year-olds in early childhood education. This literature review draws together relevant research evidence to better understand what quality early childhood education for children under-two-years of age should look like.

    Author(s): Carmen Dalli, E. Jayne White, Jean Rockel, Iris Duhn with Emma Buchanan, Susan Davidson, Sarah Ganly, Larissa Kus, and Bo Wang, Victoria University of Wellington.

    Date Published: March 2011

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2010

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2010 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2008.

    Author(s): David Scott and Paul Gini, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2010

  • Effective Learning in Early Childhood Education?
    The Impact of the ECE ICT PL Programme: A Synthesis Report

    This report provides an overview of the impact of the Early Childhood Education Information and Communication Technologies Professional Learning (ECE ICT PL) programme, 2006–2009.

    Author(s): Ann Hatherly, Dr Vince Ham and Laura Evans, Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: August 2010

  • Education Statistics of New Zealand

    This is the home page for the Education Statistics of New Zealand publication series. These publications provide basic information on the education sector.

    Basic information is provided for early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling, and tertiary education.  Education Statistics of New Zealand is provided in Booklet format(as PDF downloads) and as Statistical Table format (as MS Excel downloads).

    Author(s): Data Management and Analysis Division, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: Annually

  • Literature Review: Transition from Early Childhood Education to School

    The review’s purpose was to deepen understanding of transition to school by critically analysing research literature. The focus was on what successful transitions to school look like, the factors that play a role in how well children transition from ECE to school, and the ways in which children can be supported by teachers and families to transition as successfully as possible.

    Author(s): Sally Peters, The University of Waikato, Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: July 2010

  • Early Childhood Education centre-based Parent Support and Development
    Final Report

    The Early Childhood Education (ECE) centre-based Parent Support and Development (PSD) programme trialled by the Ministry of Education was intended to provide early interventions that targeted vulnerable parents through a universal service. A total of 18 pilot ECE sites were selected and funded to provide PSD for a three-year period starting from 2006. Pilot sites were selected, in part, on the basis of the high concentration of vulnerable families living in the surrounding area. The sites offered a wide range of activities including educational, social support and outreach activities. An evaluation of the programme was undertaken by Martin Jenkins and the report was completed in early 2010. The findings from the evaluation indicated that the programme was beneficial for parents, children, pilot sites and communities but also highlighted significant challenges in programme implementation, particularly in relation to targeting vulnerable parents within a universal service.

    Author(s): Donella Bellett, Meenakshi Sankar and Marinka Teague

    Date Published: January 2010

    Released on Education Counts: April 2010

  • 2008 Survey of Operational Costs of ECE Services

    This report provides the summary results of the 2008 Survey of Operating Costs for early childhood education (ECE) services.

    Author(s): Education Information and Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: July 2009

  • Evaluation of the ECE Information and Communication Technologies Professional Learning Programme

    The Early Childhood Education Information and Communication Technology Professional Learning Programme (ECE ICT PLP) is a three year pilot professional development programme established in 2006. The overarching goal of the ECE ICT PL Programme is increased teacher capability (with particular emphasis on ICT capability) that leads to transformation and the development of a community of practice; which, in turn, contributes to enhanced learning outcomes for children.

    Author(s): Sue Cherrington, Lisa Oldridge and Vanessa Green with Carmen Dalli, Susan Davidson, Ali Glasgow, Sonja Rosewarne, Jayne White and Deborah Wansbrough, Victoria University of Wellington.

    Date Published: March 2009

  • Competent Children, Competent Learners

    This is the home page for the Competent Children, Competent Learners publication series.

    The Competent Children, Competent Learners project is a longitudinal study undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) which focuses on a group of about 500 young people from the greater Wellington region.

    Seven phases of the project have now been completed - the first when the students were near age 5, the next when they were at age 6 and then at ages 8, 10, 12,14 and 16. A further phase is currently underway collecting data from the sample of young people at age 20.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

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