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He taonga te tamaiti, the draft strategic plan for early learning, sets out five goals for early learning for the next 10 years.

This summary of the draft plan includes the goals and the recommendations that go with them.

Key proposals for change include:

  • moving towards a 100% qualified teacher workforce in early childhood education centres
  • introducing higher adult:child ratios for babies and toddlers
  • increasing the consistency and levels of teacher salaries and conditions across the sector
  • a more planned approach to establishing new services, greater support and increased monitoring. 

You can also find the full draft plan here



New Zealand’s early learning system enables every child to enjoy a good life, learn and thrive in high quality settings that support their identity, language and culture and are valued by parents and whānau.

Ko tā ngā whakaakoranga kōhungahunga he whakarite kia tipu ora ai ia tamaiti i ngā wāhi pai rawa e hāpai ana i tōna whakapapa, tōna reo me ngā tikanga, ā, he mea whaihua hoki aua wāhi ki ngā mātua me ngā whānau.