The Importance Of Early Child Education

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Children are gifts and our future. The child is considered tapu and represents the atua and the tipuna. This concept of the child being special requires that the child be treated with great consideration. One important consideration that needs to be look upon is the quality of education and care they receive during their early years. The early years are the most crucial years for child development (Caroll-Lind & Angus, 2011). The increasing number of mothers joining the labour force, emerging understanding on the benefits of early childhood participation and the move to promote social equity among children of diverse backgrounds are some of the reasons for the growing need to provide quality early childhood curriculum for the youngest members …show more content…
staff training, education and experience, materials, equipment and schedules, (Smith & May, 2006; Cassidy, Hestenes, Hansen, Hegde, Shim, & Hestenes, 2005), process quality, those that children experiences like teacher-child, child to child , group interactions that requires human interaction (Smith & May, 2006; Cassidy, et al. 2005) and global ( teaching practices that foster children’s growth and learning (Ceglowski, 2004, Katz, 2003). Education Review Office (2009, p.3) identified nine key aspects of early childhood practice that promotes quality. These components are leadership, philosophy, vision, relationships and interactions, teaching and learning, assessment and planning, professional learning, qualifications and support, self-review and management. As a regulating body, it defines quality on a broader sense and represents the government’s role as key player in quality control and assurance (Smith, & May, 2006). This perspective defines quality in ECE through compliance with standards and regulations indicated in ECE Regulations and Licensing Criteria of 2008 covering adult and child ratio, staff qualification requirements, health and safety provisions, inclusion and diversity, underpinning the goals of Te Whariki on children’s health and wellbeing and diversity (Ministry of Education, [MoE], 1996). Efforts to ensure compliance to these quality indicators is evident on government’s initiative publish Quality in Action (MoE,1998), Quality Journey (MoE, 2000) and ERO report series to enumerate quality checking

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