Early Childhood Education (ECE) initiatives

Details of the main Early Childhood Education (ECE) initiatives announced by the Government in Budget 2012.

InitiativeDescription
Increase to early childhood education Equity Funding

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $11.316m
  • 2013/14 $11.765m
  • 2014/15 $12.186m
  • 2015/16 $12.610m
Four year total: $47.877m
An increase to current levels of early childhood education Equity Funding targeted to components which address socio-economic status, special needs and languages or culture other than English.

This funding, in place of a universal cost adjustment, is targeted to those learners who are currently not receiving sufficient support to achieve educational success, particularly Māori learners and Pasifika learners, learners from low socio-economic backgrounds, and learners with special education needs.
Early childhood education for children of beneficiaries

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $7.934m
  • 2013/14 $12.313m
  • 2014/15 $11.989m
  • 2015/16 $11.698m
Four year total: $43.934m

Funded from Social Development welfare reform package.
Welfare reforms will increase the level of activity amongst 16 and 17 year old parents on benefit, leading to a greater need for early childhood education for their children. The Ministry of Social Development has agreed to meet the costs of early childhood education for the additional children that will participate in early childhood education as a result of the welfare reform changes. These changes also help to support the Better Public Services target of 98% of new entrants having participated in high quality early childhood education in 2016.

Additional funding has been set aside for:

InitiativeDescription
Support for the Māori-medium early childhood education services

Operating funding
  • 2012/13 $5.727m
  • 2013/14 $5.120m
  • 2014/15 $4.120m
  • 2015/16 $4.120m
Four year total: $19.087m
Māori children continue to participate at a lower rate than others in early childhood education, and their increased participation in ECE will be central to the Government’s Better Public Services target of 98% participation in ECE. Increased participation of Māori learners in high quality, culturally intelligent ECE is the first step in equipping these learners to enjoy ongoing educational success as Māori.

This initiative supports Māori-medium ECE services. It will improve access to and support for Māori immersion ECE services and be delivered by working with iwi partners and others to improve participation and quality for Māori learners.

This funding has been set aside as a contingency.

Vote Education funding will also support the achievement of the Better Public Services goals (external link) .

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