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About the review

The Ministry of Education is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the early learning regulatory system (the Review). We want to make sure the system is clear and fit for purpose to support high quality educational outcomes for our youngest learners. The Review is being completed in three tranches to ensure high priority issues are actioned first.

For more information about the Review, please visit this page: Early Learning Regulatory Review

Tranche two proposals

The Ministry of Education consulted on Tranche two proposals in September-October 2021. This included:

  • Implementing the new network management function under the Education and Training Act 2020.
  • Changes to qualified required for all home-based ECE services.
  • Regulating for 80% qualified teachers and strengthening the person responsible requirement in teacher-led centres and hospital-based services.
  • Strengthening the person responsible requirement in teacher-led centres and hospital-based services.

Implementing the new network management function under the Education and Training Act 2020

Following consultation, the Government agreed to policy changes for network management and plans to amend sections 17 and 18 of the Education and Training Act 2020 to give effect to some of these changes. These are being introduced via a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) to the Education and Training Bill (No.2). For more information and papers, please visit the Network Management webpage on the Ministry of Education website.

Changes to qualifications required for all home-based ECE services through the standard funding rate

During consultation on changes to minimum qualifications required for educators in home-based ECE services, we heard that COVID-19 has affected educators’ ability to complete ECE qualifications in time for the original commencement date of 1 January 2022.

In response to this feedback, Cabinet agreed to delay the commencement date to 1 June 2022.
 
This would give educators currently studying towards a Level 3 ECE qualification more time to complete the programme. It would also give home-based services an additional five months to comply with the upcoming requirement where 10% of educators must hold an approved ECE qualification.

More information about these proposed changes can be found in the consultation document. A summary of the information is also available in the te reo Māori summary document and English summary document.

Regulating for 80% qualified teachers and strengthening the person responsible requirement for teacher-led centres and hospital-based services

We are currently working through consultation feedback on options to regulate for 80% qualified teachers and proposals to strengthen the person responsible requirement in teacher-led centres and hospital-based services. 

Information about these proposed changes can be found in the consultation document.

A summary of options to regulate for 80% qualified teachers is also available in the summary documents in the languages below:

English summary document

Te reo Māori summary document

Cook Island Māori summary document

Samoan summary document

Tongan summary document

Consultation closed on 22 October.

Strengthening the person responsible requirement for home-based services

We are currently working through consultation feedback on proposed options designed to strengthen the role of the co-ordinator/person responsible for home-based services. These proposals are designed to strengthen key elements of the role, and align with related proposals from the 2018 Review of Home-based ECE.

Information about these proposed changes can be found in the consultation document. A summary is also available in English and the te reo Māori.

Consultation closed on 22 October.

Contact for the Review

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Review, you are welcome to email Earlylearning.Regulatoryreview@education.govt.nz.