Online early childhood survey released

New Zealand parents are being asked for their say on early childhood education in New Zealand. 

The Ministry of Education is running an online survey in English and te reo Maori to get feedback to improve the system.

The online consultation encourages parents to give their thoughts on teaching practises and set curriculums for children aged 0 to 8. 

Ministry of Education early learning, parents and whanau deputy secretary Rawiri Brell said the ministry was seeking feedback on ways to optimise teaching.

He hoped data from the survey would help strengthen Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood education curriculum framework.

The ministry was particularly interested in hearing from educators in early childhood, people involved in initial teacher education and professional development and education sector organisations, he said. 

The survey focuses on knowledge and practical use of Te Whāriki and looks into improvements that could be made to make the transition from early childhood to school easier for pupils. 

Brell said the survey would also help the ministry understand how to engage better with parents and family, supporting children during periods of transition. 

"Through the survey you can tell us what you are doing, what you would like to see done better, and how we can make this happen together," he said. 

The online consultation closes on April 7. 

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 - The Southland Times

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