Message from the Secretary for Education - February 2018

Message to the Early Learning sector from the Secretary for Education.

Iona Holsted, Secretary for Education. Tēnā koutou katoa

Welcome to the first Early Learning Bulletin for 2018.

I’m sure it feels like some time ago, but I hope you managed to enjoy a relaxing break with friends and whānau over the holiday period.

I’m sure you will have seen the Minister of Education’s announcement last week about his education portfolio work programme. This sets out the Government’s education priorities for the next three years, from early learning through to tertiary and beyond.

Specific to early learning, the work programme includes the development of an early learning strategic plan and a review of home-based early childhood education. While it’s very much early days and we can’t provide too much detail about what will be involved, I can assure you that the Minister is committed to involving the sector. He envisages that an important part of the new strategic plan will be creating a shared vision for what early learning should achieve for children, and exploring what settings best support these outcomes.

A key opportunity to help shape and refine the Government’s vision for education will be the Education Summit, which is likely to take place in May, as well a series of regional hui. We’ll be providing further details of the Summit and engagement process in the coming weeks, and will make sure you’re kept well informed and have plenty of opportunities to be involved in these conversations.

Further information about the Government’s work programme, including the Minister’s Cabinet paper detailing this, is available on our website.

My very best wishes for a great year.

Iona Holsted
Secretary for Education

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