ECAC minutes and presentations September 2018

The Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC) met on 5 September 2018, 9am to 2:30pm at Mātauranga House, Wellington.


ECAC members

  • Marianne Kayes, Hospital Play Specialists Association of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Peter Reynolds, Early Childhood Council
  • Lee Jones, Early Intervention Association Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Keith Newton, Barnardos New Zealand
  • Sandie Burn, NZEI Te Riu Roa
  • Raewyn Overton-Stuart, Home Early Learning Organisation
  • Kathy Wolfe, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand
  • Helen McConnell, Te Kura – the Correspondence School
  • Thelma Chapman, Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa
  • Melody Stuckey, Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa
  • Kararaina Cribb, Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
  • Arapera Royal-Tangaere, Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
  • Clare Wells, New Zealand Kindergartens Inc
  • Susan Phua, New Zealand Homebased Early Childhood Education Association
  • Charmaine Thomson, NZEI Te Riu Roa
  • Susan Bailey, New Zealand Playcentre Federation
  • Juvena Jalal, The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Schools
  • Gillian Somers, Montessori Aotearoa NZ
  • Sandra Collins, Education Review Office

Ministry of Education

  • Katrina Casey Deputy Secretary, Sector Enablement and Support (Chair)
  • Helen Hurst Associate Deputy Secretary, Operational Delivery
  • Nancy Bell Group Manager, Early Childhood Resourcing and Operations
  • Damian Edwards Associate Deputy Secretary, Education System Policy
  • Siobhan Murray Senior Manager, ECE Policy
  • Amy Hunter Senior Adviser, ECE Regulations and Planning (Secretariat)


  • Jayne Franklin Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Hellen Puhipuhi Pasifika Advisory Group
  • Cathy Wilson Montessori Aotearoa NZ
  • Susan Foster-Cohen Early Intervention Association Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Phil Grady Early Childhood Leadership

Welcome, karakia and introductions

Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education

  • Katrina welcomed the group and Thelma Chapman opened the meeting with a karakia.
  • Welcome to Melody Stuckey, she is the new national coordinator for CECEAA.
Action itemsResponsibilityDeadline

No action items


Apologies, minutes, actions and subgroup reports

Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education

  • Apologies, minutes, actions and subgroup reports have been circulated by email..

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No action items


Tomorrow's Schools Review

Bali Haque, Independent Taskforce Chair

Terms of Reference for Tomorrow’s Schools: the focus is on the changes we need to make to the governance, management and administration in education to ensure the fitness of the school system to meet the challenges we face, to achieve equity and excellence. 

Draft Purpose Statement:

  • Embodies biculturalism and genuine partnership between Māori and Pākehā/Tauiwi under the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Prioritises the rights and best interests of children and young people, and the pursuit of social justice, and allocates and resources accordingly. 
  • Meets the needs and aspirations of diverse learners and communities, particularly those whose needs are not currently being met. 
  • Values the prior knowledge and experiences of all, and enables children and young people to reach their fullest potential in becoming connected, confident, active lifelong learners.
  • Ensures that all learners are able to make thoughtful, genuine and ethical choices about their learning, work and life, and thus contribute to their communities and to our country’s social, economic and environmental wellbeing. 

Members also had a discussion session with Bali on the following subjects:

  • The Independent Taskforce is looking at the whole education system as a whole ecosystem.
  • Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako effectiveness. 
  • Suggestion of a hub, centralised point, where early learning and school experts are involved to give support in the transition of a child from early learning through to end of schooling. 
  • Kararaina extended an invite to Bali to meet with Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.
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No action items    

Farewell to Thelma Chapman, Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa.

ECAC members thanked and farewelled Thelma Chapman for her contribution to ECAC over the years. Thelma has resigned from her ECAC role as well as the National Coordinator for the Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa.

We wish Thelma the best for the future.

Review of home-based ECE

Damian Edwards, Associate Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Education

The aim of the review is to better support quality education outcomes for children and assure parents with children in home-based ECE that their children are receiving quality education and care.
Proposals are grouped under two broad goals – the first, supporting quality in home-based ECE:

  • Level 4 ECE qualification as minimum requirement for educators
  • A quality rate where educators have a level 5 ECE qualification or higher
  • A separate, lower funding rate for au pairs
  • Require service providers to provide ongoing professional development to educators
  • Create a register of home-based educators
  • Change the title to visiting teacher and better articulate the role
  • More visits per month, with one visit involving a Health and Safety check
  • The same coordinator working with same educators
  • Each licence to list all homes on that licence
  • Clarification that police vets are required on all adults who may live/or be present in the home
  • Health and safety training a requirement for coordinators and educators
  • Limiting number of school-aged children (educator’s own school aged children included in the maximum number of children).

Proposal two - ensuring Government investment is better directed towards education and care:

  • Improve pay and conditions for educators
  • Change the definition of ‘service provider’ in the Education Act 1989
  • Change the definition of ‘home-based education and care service’ in relation to the phrase ‘gain and reward’
  • Better information to parents about government subsidies
  • Better information for Government
  • Licence size (ratio of coordinator to children and educators)
  • Coordinators and educators listed on each licence
  • Change the Education Act 1989 so that ERO has the power to enter homes
  • ERO undertaking an external evaluation for new services before the Ministry grants a full licence.

Read the discussion document - here (external link) .

You have until 30 September 2018 to take part in the survey – here (external link) .

Detailed submissions can be emailed to

Action itemsResponsibilityDeadline
Circulate the link to the review of home-based ECE review document and survey.  Secretariat  ASAP

Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education

The Minister referred to the review of home-based ECE and the Early Learning Strategic Plan and invited questions.  Discussion points included:

  • Teacher supply and workforce.
  • Terminology used – ‘early learning’ and ‘early childhood education’.

The Minister confirmed his intention to have a draft Early Learning Strategic Plan out for consultation later this year.

Action itemsResponsibilityDeadline

Send next ECAC meeting invite to Minister’s office.

Secretariat ASAP

National Education and Learning Priorities

Cathy Diggins, Chief Education Analyst, Ministry of Education

Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (SNELP) sets out the Government’s high level priorities to guide the strategic direction for early learning services, schools and kura.

The Minister is required to consult with stakeholders across early learning services, schools and kura before publishing a SNELP. The consultation approach will be in two phases:

  • Targeted, face-to-face engagement with key groups of people, including children, young people, parents and families and key representative bodies.
  • Consultation on the draft SNELP in 2019.

Cathy engaged members for feedback from the early learning sector towards the SNELP, a way for the Ministry to understand what young children think about their learning and wellbeing in an early learning context.

Feedback due to Cathy Diggins by 19 September 2018.

Action itemsResponsibilityDeadline
Feedback on proposed questions. ECAC Members 19 September 2018

Children in Oranga Tamariki care and early learning services

Blythe Wood, Group Manager Service Delivery, and Peter Mellor, Chief Policy Analyst, Ministry of Education

Presentation one was on the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (external link) that come into force on 1 July 2019:

  • The National Care Standards (NCS) will transform the care system and ensure every child and young person is in a safe, stable and loving home. The NCS set out the standard of care every child and young person in care can expect to receive to be well, and do well. The NCS also set out the support caregivers can expect.
  • This is a joint objective between the Ministry and Oranga Tamariki to ensure early learning services, schools, kura and teachers know when a child is in care and then can proactively respond to their needs.
  • The Ministry’s work programme team requested feedback on how the early learning sector would like to be involved so they are supported when the new regulations come into force in July 2019.

Presentation two discussed Gateway Assessments, these assessments provide a health and education assessment for children and young children entering the care of Oranga Tamariki, already in care or who are at risk of entering care and have higher needs. It is an initiative between Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

  • Discussion on the current process for Education Profiles works and challenges of achieving full completion rate of these requests.
  • Feedback sought from ECAC members and the early learning sector on Gateway Assessments and the effectiveness of the Education Profile template.

Feedback on both items are due to Amy Hunter ( by 26 September.

Action itemsResponsibilityDeadline
Circulate the National Care Standards regulations link.  Secretariat  ASAP
Feedback on how the members and sector want to work with the Ministry on implementing the new National Care Standards. ECAC Memebers 26 September
Feedback on Gateway Assessments and Education Profiles. ECAC Members 26 September
Prepare a matrix of the new care standards for children in care vs current expectations for early learning services. Blythe Wood and Peter Mellor  

Information sharing guidance consultation 

Deborah Morris-Travers and Jane Lee, Ministry of Justice

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill was introduced into Parliament in March 2017. The Bill proposes to create new rules for family violence agencies (specific government and non-government agencies defined in the Bill) and specific social service practitioners around sharing personal information.
The Bill will:

  • permit the family violence sector to collect, use and disclose information for limited purposes
  • require the sector to consider sharing information if it may help protect a victim, or if they receive a request for information
  • provide immunity from legal liability and professional disciplinary processes for sharing information in accordance with the Bill, unless sharing was done in bad faith.

There is an open consultation on the information sharing guidance for the family violence sector (external link) . It is open until 21 September 2018.

Detailed submissions can be emailed directly to 

Action itemsResponsibilityDeadline
Feedback on information sharing guidance draft. ECAC Members 21 September 2018
Prepare consolidated guidance specifically applicable to the early learning sector.  Deborah Travers-Morris  

Other items and wrap-up

Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education

  • Katrina invited ECAC members to make requests for the next meeting agenda.
  • Melody closed the meeting with a karakia.

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