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Investigating quality learning experiences in parent and whānau-led early childhood services: background report

The main purpose of this research was to find out more about the contributions parent and whānau-led early childhood education (ECE) services are making to children's learning, parent knowledge/skills and social support, and community, in order to provide the Ministry of Education and parent/whānau-led services with information that could be used to support quality in these services.  For the purposes of this research parent/whānau led services were playcentres, kōhanga reo, Pasifika early childhood centres and groups, general playgroups, community language playgroups and puna.

This research involved looking at quality for children and parents involved in parent-led services.  The study included 28 services, 8 playcentres, 8 playgroups, 6 kōhanga reo and 6 Pasifika services.

The Background Report  provides some historical information about each service type and what these services are seeking.

Download the full text of the Parent and whānau-led early childhood services: Background report [Word document, 658 KB]
More information on the Ministry of Education website

See also the Summary Report  and the Technical Report

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Research report
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Arapera Royal Tangaere
Diane Mara
Linda Mitchell
Margaret Whitford