Te Rito Maioha welcomes focus on early childhood education
Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand is pleased about the attention early childhood education is receiving as part of the Education Reforms.
‘The early childhood education sector has been seeking greater government recognition and support for many years,’ says Te Rito Maioha Chief Executive, Kathy Wolfe.
‘That’s why we are heartened by the inclusive and far-reaching approach that the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins is taking with our sector in the context of the Early Learning Strategic Plan.
‘This plan offers the early childhood education sector the opportunity to become an integral part of the whole 0-18 education system, and be recognised for its pivotal role in children’s learning and social development.
‘New Zealand must have a focused early learning strategy that is supported by a workforce development strategy that ensures we have enough qualified teachers to deliver Te Whāriki, our world-renowned early childhood curriculum.’
Ms Wolfe says she is pleased to be part of the Early Learning Strategic Plan reference group.
‘I am also encouraging all of Te Rito Maioha’s members to get involved and have their say – our time is now!
‘The consultation offers everyone the opportunity to share ideas on how to address the issues that the early childhood education sector has endured for the past decade.
‘For example, funding for the sector needs to be addressed urgently. Early childhood education services need adequate funding so they can meet regulated standards, provide high quality early learning, and ensure teachers are always available to be with the children.’