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New Consultation Available: 

To help ease pressure on licensed ECE centres, we are thinking about allowing primary qualified teachers to be the person responsible. A person responsible is primarily responsible for the day to day education and care of children at centres. At the moment, only ECE qualified teachers are able to be act in this role.

We would like your views and have started consultation on two proposals:

  1. Allow primary qualified teachers to be a person responsible for the first and last 90 minutes of the day
  2. Allow primary qualified teachers to be a person responsible at all times

You can read more about the proposals in the person responsible discussion document and complete a short survey at https://consultation.education.govt.nz/ece/person-responsible-in-ece.

If you wish to make a more detailed submission, you can send it to either legislation.consultation@education.govt.nz or this postal address: Legislation Consultation, Ministry of Education, PO Box 1666, Wellington, 6140, New Zealand.

A Ministerial Advisory Group and a larger Reference Group that includes sector stakeholders and academic experts have worked together to develop the draft plan, supported by the Ministry of Education.

This work has also drawn on the Education Summit events and the broader Education Conversation, as well as a short early learning survey that closed in July and attracted around 2,500 responses.

Consultation on He taonga te tamaiti, the draft strategic plan for early learning, has now closed.

The full draft plan is available in:

The summary draft plan is available in: