Analysing the Early Childhood Qualification Implementation: The Experience of Montessori Centres

  • Sola Freeman

Abstract

In 2002, the Ministry of Education in New Zealand released Pathways to the Future: Nga Huarahi Arataki. This 10-year strategic plan for early childhood education was the culmination of years of advocacy, research and consultation within the early childhood sector. A key component of the plan was a staged requirement for teachers in positions of “person responsible” in early childhood centres to have a Diploma of Teaching ECE or equivalent qualification. This article analyses the impact of the first stage of the qualification requirement, using the results of a small qualitative study of six Montessori early childhood centres in Wellington, and reviews the context, literature and policy issues that inspired and drove the policy requirement. It concludes that practical difficulties for centres and their teachers to upgrade means there is a need to supervise the support, intervention and creative strategies used to ensure no one is left behind, and diversity within early childhood education in New Zealand is maintained.

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Author Biography

Sola Freeman
Published
2004-07-01
How to Cite
FREEMAN, Sola. Analysing the Early Childhood Qualification Implementation: The Experience of Montessori Centres. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, [S.l.], n. 14, july 2004. ISSN 1178-3311. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/nzaroe/article/view/1495>. Date accessed: 28 oct. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/nzaroe.v0i14.1495.

Keywords

Early Childhood Education