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Early Childhood Education

  • Outcomes of early childhood education: Literature review

    This literature review was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to provide policy makers with a synthesis of research that analyses the impact of early childhood education (ECE) for children and families.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Cathy Wylie and Margaret Carr, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: May 2008

  • COI (Centres of Innovation)

    The Centre of Innovation (COI) Programme is a strategy aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education. It aims to promote a deeper exploration of innovative teaching and learning processes already underway in early childhood services. For more information visit: Centres of Innovation (COI) Programme Ngā Kauhanga Whakarehu.

    A limited number of ECE services are selected on merit in each round by a selection panel convened by the Ministry of Education. Selected services are designated COI for a three year period during which time they are contracted by the Ministry to: Research and further develop their existing innovative practice; and disseminate information about their innovation and the outcomes of their research. They work in partnership with a research associate who is contracted by the ministry to provide research support services to their teacher researcher partners. At the end of each COI project, the teacher researchers and their research associate produce a comprehensive final research report.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

  • An evaluation of Ministry of Education funded early childhood education professional development programmes 2007

    The purpose of the evaluation was to evaluate the effectiveness of government funded early childhood education (ECE) professional development in meeting the agreed programme outcome of strengthening teacher, educator, kaiako, faiaoga, faiako and puapi’i capability and quality in practice, in order to extend positive learning outcomes for children, based on the principles of Te Whāriki.

    Author(s): Sue Cherrington and Deborah Wansbrough, Victoria University of Wellington.

    Date Published: August 2007

  • Evaluation of promoting Early Childhood Education (ECE) participation project

    This report contains the findings from an evaluation of the processes and outcomes of the Promoting Early Childhood Education (ECE) Participation Project. It is abbreviated throughout this report to PPP. The primary goal being to ensure that, “every child has the opportunity to participate in quality ECE, by assisting communities to address barriers resulting in non-participation in ECE, by children who might otherwise participate”.

    Author(s): Robyn Dixon, Dr Deborah Widdowson, Patricia Meagher-Lundberg, Centre for Child and Family Policy Research and Dr Airini and Dr Colleen McMurchy-Pilkington, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.

    Date Published: August 2007

  • Parental decision making in relation to the use of Early Childhood Education services

    This report presents the results of a research study that examined parental decision making in relation to the use of Early Childhood Education services.

    Author(s): Jeremy Robertson, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2007

  • Calculation of 20 Hours ECE Rates

    20 Hours ECE funding rates need to fund the full average cost of providing early childhood education in each type of service. This requires information on the cost of provision, and on how that cost varies between types of early childhood education service.

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

    Date Published: March 2007

  • 2006 Survey of Operational Costs of ECE Services

    This report provides the summary results of the 2006 Survey of Operating Costs for early childhood education (ECE) services.

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

    Date Published: January 2007

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

    This is the home page for the survey of Income, Expenditure and Fees of Early Childhood Education Service Providers in New Zealand.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

  • Quality in parent/whānau-led services

    The main purpose of this research was to find out more about the contributions parent and whānau-led early childhood education (ECE) services are making to children’s learning, parent knowledge/skills and social support, and community, in order to provide the Ministry of Education and parent/whānau-led services with information that could be used to support quality in these services.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Arapera Royal Tangaere, Diane Mara and Cathy Wylie, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: June 2006

  • An Evaluation of Initial Uses and Impact of Equity Funding

    Equity Funding is a small amount of additional funding for early childhood education (ECE) services intended to reduce educational disparities between different groups, reduce barriers to participation for groups underrepresented in ECE, and support ECE services to raise their level of educational achievement. This evaluation of the initial uses and impact of Equity Funding, funded by the Ministry of Education, is intended to contribute to the development of policy within the early childhood education sector.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell, Arapera Royal Tangaere, Diane Mara, Cathy Wylie, New Zealnad Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: January 2006

  • Status of Teachers Research Project 2002-2006

    A joint research project was undertaken by the New Zealand Teachers Council and the Ministry of Education inquiring into the status of teachers in New Zealand and implications for recruitment, retention and professionalism of teachers.

    Research Division was commissioned to provide an evidence base for development of policy and benchmarks for on-going monitoring. Three research reports were completed, of which the second and third will be formally published. The first scoping report is available on request to the Ministry of Education or the Teachers Council and the other two are formally published.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

  • Initial Teacher Education

    Initial Teacher Education enables students to learn to become quality teachers. All programme of Initial Teacher Education include opportunities to learn to teach on practicum, with support. The publications on this page include research, position papers and evaluation reports with a focus on features of quality practice in Initial Teacher Education.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

  • Hui Taumata 2005: Māori in Early Childhood Education and Schools

    This analysis of trends in Māori in early childhood education and schools was commissioned for Hui Taumata 2005.

    Author(s): Siobhan Murray and Amy Galvin, Education Information and Analysis, Ministry of Education. Commissioned for the Hui Taumata Steering Committee.

    Date Published: January 2005



    Category: Māori & English medium

  • ECE Teacher-led Workforce Survey 2003

    A survey of employees in early childhood education (ECE) teacher-led services.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: 2004

  • The role and potential of ICT in early childhood education: A review of New Zealand and international literature

    This review synthesises recent literature about ICT use in early childhood education (ECE). It looks at the role and potential of ICT to support teaching and learning, professional development, sector capability, administration, infrastructure, and information management and communication.

    Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: November 2004

  • An Evaluation of Ministry of Education Funded Early Childhood Education Professional Development Programmes 2003

    The Ministry of Education commissioned this evaluation to examine three aspects of professional development (PD) in the early childhood education (ECE) sector: describing the current delivery of PD; identifying barriers and success factors for delivery of the PD programmes; and identifying their impact. The evaluation covered the provision of whole centre PD in the calendar year 2000.

    Author(s): Michael Gaffney, Children's Issues Centre Dunedin.

    Date Published: January 2003

  • Pasifika Early Childhood Education

    This scoping report was commissioned with the inter-relationship between children’s language acquisition, their cognitive development, and quality teaching in immersion and bilingual settings as the broad topic area for investigation. The report is comprised of three components: the first compiles of a profile of immersion and bilingual Pasifika early childhood education in 2001; the second reports on a consultation exercise with key stakeholders; and lastly an essay on bilingualism and second language acquisition in early childhood.

    Author(s): Anne Meade, Hellen PuhiPuhi, Susan Foster-Cohen, Anne Meade Associates Wellington.

    Date Published: January 2003

  • Pathways: Logic Model

    Evaluation of Pathways to the Future will take place over the next 10 years. The Ministry of Education has commissioned a logic model to use in this evaluation. The logic model shows the intended outcomes of the strategic plan and the pathways towards these outcomes.

    Author(s): Collaborative Institute for Research, Consulting and Learning in Evaluation; RMIT University.

    Date Published: June 2003

  • Whanau Toko I Te Ora: A Parenting Skills Programme

    The Māori Women's Welfare League undertakes a parent support & development programme: Whanau Toko i te Ora. This is an evaluation of the progress of whanau moving though the programme. It involves an overall account, based on the database held at the Māori Women's Welfare League; and includes the write up of 16 case study interviews.

    Author(s): Ian Livingstone, Chartwell Consulants for the Māori Women's Welfare League.

    Date Published: January 2002


    Category: Māori & English medium

  • Picking up the Pace

    This research project delivered concentrated professional development in literacy instruction to groups of early childhood and new entrant teachers in decile one schools in Mangere and Otara. The outcome was a substantial lift in the reading and writing achievement of new entrants. Picking up the Pace was a component of the Early Childhood Primary Links via Literacy (ECPL) Project which was part of a much broader project, Strengthening Education in Mangere and Otara (SEMO), which aimed to raise achievement significantly among students in these two communities.

    Author(s): Gwenneth Phillips, Stuart McNaughton, Shelly MacDonald and Michael Keith, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: January 2002

    Category: English Medium

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