I often find when speaking to people that they will make a comment along the lines of how it seems that new centres are "constantly popping up all over the place".
This is the second in a series of short articles to break down, analyse and question the implications of the Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning 2019-29. In this article we’re looking at Goal 1: Quality is raised for children by improving regulated standards.
This is the first in a series of short articles to break down, analyse and question the implications of Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning – hereinafter referred to as the ‘Strategic Plan’. I’ll be tackling this from the point of view of existing centre owners, future centre owners and those that own an ECE building, purely because that’s my wheelhouse and I’m sure others will cover areas relating to teacher pay, funding and curriculum with greater insight than I can. This first article looks at pages 1-21 of the Strategic Plan and covers the introduction and overview sections.
If you’ve decided that the early childhood sector is something you’d like to get into, and that running an ECE centre is the type of service that best suits you, the next decision is whether to build one from scratch or see what’s already out there for sale. To help you choose, here’s what you need to consider about both.
Thinking of starting an early childhood education centre from the ground up? Here’s some information on the costs involved to get started.
If it’s your dream to design and build your very own, brand new early childhood education centre you probably have some sort of idea in mind of what it will be like. While it’s great to have vision, the many regulations that rule over the sector may see you making some compromises. Before you start, here are our tip and considerations to help you find the best solution.
In April, the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced the terms of reference for a 10-year Early Learning Strategic Plan to be developed jointly with a Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG).
The terms of reference for the plan explain that the MAG may consider any matter relating to the early learning sector, such as policies around funding, regulation and support and the curriculum.
So you’ve found a great site for your new childcare centre – it’s got all you’ve ever wanted. The kids are going to love it here. And there’s a lovely house already on site. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just convert it? Maybe add an extension to the back? Surely that will be cheaper and easier than knocking it down and starting from scratch?
A common feature of any new or altered ECE centre is the council resource consent process. It can feel daunting even to those who are familiar with it – the most complicated part is often the notification process. This article aims to demystify the bureaucratic and give you a basic understanding of why some applications are notified and some are not.