Early Learning Strategic Plan
A new strategic plan is being developed for early learning that will set the high level direction and vision for the next ten years.
The Strategic Plan for Early Learning will set out a systematic and stepped approach to developing and strengthening the early learning sector, to meet the needs of all children and their families and whānau.
The draft plan will be jointly developed by a Ministerial Advisory Group, a larger Reference Group that includes sector stakeholders, and the Ministry. Their work will draw on the findings of the Education Summits and the national conversation on education, as well as other work being undertaken in the education portfolio.
Public consultation on the draft plan is expected to take place in October 2018.
The terms of reference for the strategy were announced by the Minister of Education on 5 April 2018, together with the members of the Ministerial Advisory Group and the Reference Group.
Ministerial Advisory Group members
Prof Professor Carmen Dalli (Chair)
School of Education,
Carmen has a BA (Hons) from the University of Malta, a MEd from the University of Bristol and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington. Carmen is Honorary Consul for Malta in Wellington.
Her research spans early childhood policy studies, professionalism in the early years, and under-three year olds in early childhood settings. She has a strong interest in children’s transitions from home to their first early childhood setting and the nature of learning in the first years.
Carmen was recently the principal investigator for the Quality early childhood education for under-two-year-olds report produced for the Minister of Education. Her research in early learning policy and practice has been widely published in New Zealand and internationally.
Professor Margie Hohepa
Associate Dean Māori,
Professor Margie Hohepa is currently the Associate Dean, Māori in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato. Her iwi are Te Māhurehure, Ngāpuhi and Te Ātiawa.
Dr Alex Gunn
Associate Dean, Teacher Education
Alex has taught in urban and rural not-for-profit and community-based education and care settings for children aged between birth and school-age.
She has worked in general education, initial teacher education and post-graduate education studies at the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago.
Alex’s research interests include early childhood education, inclusive education and social justice, and educational assessment and teacher education.
Prof Stuart McNaughton
Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of Education
Professor of Education and Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland
Stuart research areas are literacy and language development, the design of effective education for culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and cultural processes in development. He has published extensively of these topics and was awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education in New Zealand.
As a Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre, Stuart leads a research team in studies of effective educational interventions for schooling success with a focus on Māori and Pasifika children. He is a member of the Literacy Research Panel of the International Literacy Association and in 2014 was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame.
Dr Tanya Wendt Samu
Tanya has over twenty years’ experience in under-graduate and graduate teaching, including course development and coordination.
Tanya has experience in the tertiary sector focused on teacher education and collaborative research projects in Pasifika education – beginning with the former School of Education of the University of Auckland (1996-2000; 2002-2003), and then with the former Auckland College of Education (2004).
Tanya has contributed to international curriculum development and teacher capacity building education projects in Samoa, Tonga, Kyrgyzstan and Nauru.
Reference Group members
The following members of the Early Childhood Advisory Committee and ECE Research Policy Forum have been invited to join the Reference Group:
- Thelma Chapman, Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa
- Hellen Puhipuhi, Pasifika Advisory Group
- Cathy Wilson, Montessori Aotearoa of NZ (MANZ)
- Charmaine Thomson, NZEI Te Riu Roa
- Sandie Burn, NZEI Te Riu Roa
- Marianne Kayes, Hospital Play Specialists
- Karen Affleck, The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand
- Kathy Wolfe, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand
- Susan Bailey, New Zealand Playcentre Federation
- Kararaina Cribb, Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
- Peter Reynolds, Early Childhood Council
- Karen Shields, Early Childhood Leadership Group
- Susan Foster-Cohen, Early Intervention Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (EIAANZ)
- Clare Wells, NZ Kindergartens Inc
- Susan Phua, New Zealand Home-based Early Childhood Education Association
- Keith Newton, Barnardos New Zealand
- Raewyn Overton-Stuart, Home Early Learning Organisation (HELO)
- Helen McConnell, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
- Hikitia Ropata, Education Council
- Prof Margaret Carr, University of Waikato
- Prof Helen May, University of Otago
- Dr Anne Meade, consultant
- Dr Linda Mitchell, University of Waikato
- Dr Lesley Rameka, University of Waikato
- Prof Claire McLachlan, University of Waikato
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