Engaging priority families – successful providers
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Participation Programme seeks to increase ECE participation, particularly among Māori and Pasifika children, and children from low socio-economic communities. The Ministry of Education is currently implementing year two of the programme.
Engaging Priority Families (EPF) is an initiative within the participation programme. It provides intensive early learning support for those children from the most vulnerable families with the aim of enrolment in ECE, regular participation, support for learning at home and a successful transition to school.
Twenty-one projects delivered by 15 providers began in the 2010/11 year. Four additional providers have been selected in 2011/12 to deliver EPF services in the lower North Island. The successful providers are:
- Te Rūnanga o Raukawa working in Levin (defined as Levin East and Playford Park census area units – CAUs)
- Wellington Kindergarten Association working in Porirua (defined as Waitangirua, Cannons Creek East, Cannons Creek North and Porirua East CAUs)
- Naku Enei Tamariki working in the Hutt Valley (defined as Delaney, Taita North, Taita South, Naenae North and Naenae South CAUs)
- Aotea Associated Consultants working in Waitara.
All providers will be working in areas that have been chosen by selecting census area units with the largest number of Māori or Pasifika new entrant children who didn’t participate in ECE.
More information about the ECE Participation Programme and EPF can be found on the ECE Lead website:
Playground safety guidance for ECE services
The Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 require early childhood education (ECE) services to have premises and facilities that support safe and healthy practices (Regulation 45(1)(a)(ii)). The licensing criteria for ECE services that relate to this regulation aim to uphold the safety of children by ensuring that all items, equipment, furniture, materials and surfacing used in services is of a standard that is considered safe.
It is the responsibility of service providers to demonstrate that the playground structures, equipment and surfacing are safe and meet the relevant criteria. Ministry of Education licensing staff complete an inspection of each ECE service’s playground equipment and surfacing as part of the licensing assessment process.
If there are concerns, the service provider may be asked for additional evidence, such as a certificate of compliance, that shows the equipment and/or surfacing comply with the New Zealand standard for playground equipment and surfacing (NZS5828:2004). In some cases the service provider may be required to have a comprehensive inspection of their premises and facilities.
This would need to be completed by an appropriately qualified expert such as an engineer or qualified playground safety inspector.
Criteria related to Playground safety
PF5 – Centre-based ECE services
PF5 – Ngā Kōhanga Reo
PF3 – Hospital-based ECE services
PF11 – Home-based ECE services
PF7 – Playgroups.
The Ministry of Education has recently published guidance about playground safety for ECE services to use when purchasing, installing or checking playground equipment and surfacing. Guidance for playground safety can be found in the ‘Recent announcements’ section of the ECE Lead website:
ECE Support grant for provisionally registered teachers
The second Early Childhood Education (ECE) Support Grant for PRTs application round for June 2012 opened on Monday 16 January and will close on Friday 2 March.
The ECE PRT Support Grant, introduced in 2005, helps teacher-led ECE services to support their provisionally registered teachers to become fully registered.
Eligible ECE services and PRTs
- ECE services funded at below 80 per cent registered teachers can apply for the ECE Support Grant for PRTs
- ECE service eligibility for the ECE Support Grant for PRTs is determined by the funding band at which the ECE service’s advanced funding was paid in November 2011 for this round
- ECE PRTs who registered on or after 1 July 2010, and are employed at an eligible ECE service, will be eligible to apply for the ECE Support Grant for PRTs
- ECE services that are funded at the 80 per cent plus registered teacher rate, as well as the PRTs employed by these services, are not eligible for the support grant for PRTs.
The grant application form is now available to download from the ECE Lead website and must be completed by both the ECE service and the PRT applying for the grant.
Please read through the conditions and guidance and the frequently asked questions available online before completing the application form and applying for the grant.
All information must be provided and the form fully completed in order for your application to be processed. Please send any questions via email to:
Further information can be found on ECE Lead:
ECE and the Government Electronic tenders service (GETS) – how to register for ECE alerts
If you are interested in the latest opportunities to allow you to make a difference in the ECE sector, then register to receive alerts and detailed information about how to get involved through GETS.
GETS is a free service designed to promote open, fair competition in the New Zealand government market and meet international trade agreement commitments to provide information about
New Zealand government business opportunities.
All New Zealand public sector agencies, including local authorities, are encouraged to publish information on GETS. New Zealand public service departments, New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police are mandated to use GETS for the publication of all opportunities to tender above minimum thresholds and related information. Visit:
Registration is free and allows you to log in so that you can:
- download more detailed information and documentation for current tenders and offers;
- receive and manage automatic email notifications for new opportunities in categories of interest to you.
GETS is an information resource only and is managed on behalf of the New Zealand government by the Ministry of Economic Development.
To register for GETs, you can fill out the registration form at:
The Ministry of Education regularly posts requests for information (ROI) and requests for proposals (RFP) on the GETS website for opportunities such as projects within the ECE Participation Programme and provision of ECE professional learning and development.
Things to note
Next issue of update
The next early childhood education ECE update will appear in Volume 91 Number 4, which will be available from Monday 5 March.
If your service does not currently receive the Education Gazette, you can subscribe by visiting:
Ordering resources and publications
To order early childhood education resources and publications, contact Wickliffe.
Wickliffe provides customer services for the Ministry of Education publications. If you need to order anything: