In 1963, a group of dedicated women in childcare joined together to become a lasting, united force for quality early childhood care and education for young tamariki in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Childcare was a controversial topic in the 1960s. While growing numbers of mothers wanted or needed to work, many people believed childcare was bad for young children. It didn’t help that with no government funding or support for childcare services to upgrade facilities, equipment, train or pay qualified staff, quality was a mixed bag. While some delivered good quality services, others had no idea of children’s needs, no education programme and little or no play equipment.
Led by women’s rights activist, politician and social justice campaigner Sonja Davies, the New Zealand Association of Childcare Centres formed to promote high standards supported by beneficial legislation and Government funding for childcare services.
Since 1963, our organisation and members have been changing attitudes about early childhood education and care; developing training and qualifications; educating teachers, kaiako and leaders; influencing government policy; and growing knowledge and best practice in early childhood education.
We’ve also grown into an established and respected tertiary education provider growing qualified teachers, leaders and experts in early childhood and primary education.