Defining quality in a divided sector: A review of policy and practice in early childhood settings in New Zealand from 2008 to 2018
Keywords:Early childhood,, policy, teachers, standards
This review examines major changes in the early childhood sector during the National-led government from 2008 to 2017, with discussion of the possible future under the new Labour-led government. The changing pattern of provision and access to quality early childhood services for families is critiqued, along with changes in funding models, qualifications, and professional development. The revision of Te Whāriki is examined, together with tensions between the revised curriculum and the early childhood centre regulations. Specific issues such as regulatory changes around group size and licences and choices for families are explored. This review concludes with an examination of the potential of the new strategic plan, highlighting the tensions within the terms of reference and consideration of directions for research that may help inform the vision for policy and practice laid out in the strategic plan.
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