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Early Childhood Education

  • Evaluation of two ECD Services: Licensing & Chartering Advice and Support;
    Advice and Support to Licence-Exempt Playgroups

    The purpose of this research is to investigate the quality and outcomes of the work that Early Childhood Development (ECD) services does in these two areas. Specifically the evaluation seeks to describe the services provided, identify the outcomes, identify how well advice and support are provided and identify barriers that impact on achieving outcomes. Interviews with Ministry of Education and ECD staff and participants in programmes form part of the evaluation.

    Author(s): Linda Mitchell and Diane Mara, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: November 2001

  • Strategic Research Initiative Literature Review: Early Childhood Education

    Over the last four years, the Ministry of Education has been directing significant efforts into refocusing its work and effectiveness. This has involved working towards a more strategic approach to policy planning and development, including aligning policy development and research more closely. One aspect of this work has been developing a set of strategic research priorities. The Ministry recognised that it needed a stronger information base and initiated the Strategic Research Initiative project. This literature review is one of suite of “state-of-the-art” literature reviews that the Ministry commissioned in 1999 as a first step in this project.

    Author(s): Anne Smith, Grace Grima, Michael Gaffney, Kim Powell, Children's Issues Centre, University of Otago. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2000

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