Early Learning Regulatory Review

The Ministry of Education has begun a comprehensive review of the early learning regulatory system. The Review’s purpose is to ensure that the regulatory system is clear and fit for purpose to support high quality educational outcomes for our youngest learners.

The Review will be completed in three tranches. The Ministry of Education will be consulting on the first tranche of the Review from November 2020.

The main aim of tranche one is to address some of the gaps in our current system including those that pose a risk to children’s health, safety and wellbeing. The proposals would most impact new early learning services, service providers that have a change in circumstance and services that have compliance issues.

Areas that require more work will be in later tranches. This will include addressing several commitments in the Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 and Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education.

The table below details advice provided that relates to this work.

Date of paper

Title 

METIS number 

29 July 2020

Cabinet Paper, Regulatory Impact Statement and Minute: Proposed changes to the early learning regulatory system [PDF, 1.5 MB]

SWC-20-MIN-0116
3 February 2020 Education Report: Review of the Early Learning Regulatory System: Scope and Timeframes [PDF, 2.8 MB] 1218418
28 February 2020 Education Report: Review of the Early Learning Regulatory System: Revised Scope and Timeframes, and Draft Cabinet Paper [PDF, 3.5 MB] 1221884
3 July 2020 Education Report: Restarting the Review of the Early Learning Regulatory System [PDF, 1.1 MB] 1234266
23 July 2020 Aide Memoire: Proposed changes to the early learning regulatory system - implications for Pacific early learning services [PDF, 799 KB] 1235632
29 July 2020 Aide Memoire: Proposed changes to the early learning regulatory system [PDF, 728 KB] 1236086

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