Resources

Read our blog articles below to get helpful advice and updates on various aspects of ECE centre development. Whether this is your first time or you're a seasoned operator or developer, our articles will help you along your ECE centre journey.

Standardisation of Teacher Salaries and Funding Changes. Goals 2 and 3 of Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning 2019-2029

Posted on 14/01/2019

This is the third 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 Goals 2 and 3: Every child is empowered through timely access to the resources they need to thrive; and Investment in our workforce supports excellence in teaching and learning.
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Planning for ECE demand

Posted on 18/12/2018

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". 

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Strategic Plan for Early Learning Goal 1

Posted on 13/12/2018

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.

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Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Posted on 29/11/2018

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.

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To buy or build an ECE Centre - What's right for you?

Posted on 05/09/2018

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.

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What does it cost to start a new ECE centre?

Posted on 03/09/2018

Thinking of starting an early childhood education centre from the ground up? Here’s some information on the costs involved to get started. 

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Tips for designing & building a new ECE centre

Posted on 31/08/2018

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.

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What Would Changes To Staff Or Space Ratios Mean For Your ECE Centre

Posted on 01/05/2018

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.

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New Build versus Conversion

Posted on 31/01/2018

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?

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Resource Consents, Notification and Neighbours Approvals

Posted on 29/11/2017

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.

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