Consultation has started on changes to person responsible regulations

Today the Ministry of Education is beginning consultation on two proposals aimed at easing pressure on teacher-led ECE centres. The government is committed to stimulating teacher supply and alleviating pressure on centres having difficulty recruiting ECE qualified teachers.

All licensed early learning services need at least one person responsible for every 50 children in attendance. In ECE centres, they are the person primarily responsible for the day-to-day education and care of children.

Currently, only teachers with a recognised ECE qualification can be a person responsible in ECE centres

The Ministry would like to hear views about two proposed options to change the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations, which would allow primary qualified teachers to be a person responsible in ECE centres.

The first proposal would allow primary qualified teachers to be a person responsible for the first and last 90 minutes of licensed hours at ECE centres.

The other proposal would allow primary qualified teachers to be a person responsible at all times.

Person Responsible: discussion document and short survey

More detailed submissions can be sent to either legislation.consultation@education.govt.nz or this postal address:

Legislation Consultation
Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Consultation closes on Sunday 20 October 2019. All feedback will inform advice to Ministers on final policy proposals that would be submitted to Cabinet and, if approved, would be reflected in new wording in the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.

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