Establishing an ECE service
Establishing an early childhood education service is a big undertaking. Centre-based services, home-based services, kōhanga reo and hospital based services are all small businesses.
Like any other small business you need to have a good understanding of your market, the quality standards for your service and any regulations that you need to comply with. You will need a good understanding of business practices and what is required when receiving government funding.
The quality of an early childhood education service is central to early childhood education’s contribution to positive outcomes for children. What seems to matter for positive outcomes is:
- the quality of staff-child interaction
- the learning resources available
- programmes that engage children, and
- a supportive environment for children to work together.
Considerable planning and effort is required for effective communication with families, whānau and communities: listening and responding. Engaging parents and whānau in the ongoing assessment of children’s learning and sharing educational aims with parents could help improve the home learning environment and reinforce learning between home and the early childhood education service. This is a potentially powerful role for early childhood education services.
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