Setting up an ECE service
Setting up an early childhood education (ECE) service is a big undertaking. Essentially it's setting up a business.
ECE services are businesses
ECE services are 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'll also need a good understanding of business practices and what's required when receiving government funding.
Keys to making a positive difference
For an ECE service, making a positive difference in young children’s lives depends on:
- the quality of staff-child interaction
- the learning resources available
- programmes that engage children
- a supportive environment for children to work together
- working closely with families and whānau.
Connecting with families and whānau
To set up a quality ECE service, you will also need to put time, planning and effort into effective communication with parents, whānau and communities.
Engaging parents and whānau in the ongoing assessment of their child's learning, and sharing educational aims, will help improve the home learning environment and reinforce learning between home and the ECE service.
This is a potentially powerful role for ECE services.
If I want to set up an ECE service, where do I start?
If you're thinking about setting up an ECE service you're moving from the role of parent to being an ECE service provider. The Ministry provides advice and guidance about what's involved in starting up. Check out Education.govt.nz for information. This website is where the Ministry provides all its information about owning and managing an ECE service.
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