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Early Childhood Education

  • 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

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2011

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2011 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 2009.

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

    Date Published: September 2011

  • 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 (PDF downloads) and in Statistical Table format (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

  • State of Education in New Zealand

    This is the home page for the annual State of Education in New Zealand publication series. This report presents a picture of New Zealand’s education system with indicators on participation, achievement, effective teaching, labour market outcomes and resourcing across the early childhood, schooling and tertiary sectors. This report has been superseded by the Education Sector Indicators.

    Author(s): Strategy and System Performance, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: 2006-2008

  • Evaluation of the Sustainability of ECE Services during the Implementation of Pathways to the Future - Ngā Huarahi Arataki

    This report assesses the sustainability of ECE services during the early implementation of the ECE Strategic Plan. It complements the stage 1 evaluation undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust (TKRNT).

    Author(s): Julian King, Health Outcomes International

    Date Published: August 2008

  • Early Effects of 20 Hours ECE

    This study was undertaken soon after services began to offer 20 Hours ECE. The report focuses on the early effects of 20 Hours ECE on participating services’ practices, policies, costs and revenues. Sixty services participated in the study.

    Author(s): Natalie Froese, Martin Jenkins.

    Date Published: August 2008

  • Locality-based evaluation of pathways to the future Ngā Huarahi Arataki: Stage 1 Baseline Report

    This report presents findings from the first phase of data collection for the stage 1 evaluation of the ECE Strategic Plan. It describes the localities and services participating in the evaluation and provides a baseline picture of how things were in mid-2004 in relation to the participation, quality and collaborative relationships goals of the Plan.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Arapera Royal Tangaere, Diane Mara, and Cathy Wylie, New Zealand Council of Educational Research and Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board.

    Date Published: August 2008

  • Impact of 20 Hours ECE on Playcentres 2008

    This report assesses the extent to which Free ECE may have impacted on Playcentres. Playcentres are not eligible for Free ECE funding, as they are parent-led services. It presents data from a questionnaire sent to a survey of Playcentres, as well as data collected through the annual RS61 census and other Ministry data to see how recent changes differ from long-term trends.

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

    Date Published: August 2008

  • Locality-based Evaluation of Pathways to the Future - Ngā Huarahi Arataki:
    Stage 1 Report

    This is the second and final report from the stage 1 evaluation of the ECE Strategic Plan. It reports on progress towards the three goals of the Plan and identifies changes that have occurred since baseline data were collected in 2004.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell and Edith Hodgen, Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: August 2008

  • Perceptions of teachers and teaching: A focus on early childhood education

    The Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching study completed by Massey University professors Ruth Kane and Mary Mallon in 2006 serves as the “original study” of this report. The Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching research project (originally named Teacher Status Stage Two) was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Teachers Council to examine the relationships between key groups’ perceptions of teachers and teachers’ work in early childhood and school sectors, and the recruitment, retention, performance and capability, and professional status of teachers.

    Author(s): Professor R. Kane, College of Education, Massey University.

    Date Published: July 2008

  • Evaluation of the implementation of Kei Tua o te Pae Assessment for Learning:

    Early Childhood Exemplars: Impact evaluation of the Kei Tua o te Pae 2006 professional development

    This report presents findings from an impact evaluation of the 2006 Ministry of Education funded Kei Tua o te Pae professional development programme. In 2006, this programme provided assessment professional development to licensed and chartered early childhood education (ECE) services and ECE sector organisations (tertiary level organisations).

    Author(s): David Stuart, Cognition Consulting Limited with Helen Aitken and Kiri Gould, UNITEC Institute of Technology and Anne Meade.

    Date Published: June 2008

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