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Review into early childhood learning

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/11/2016

A government review of what is being to taught to pre-schoolers has the support of the group looking after the interests of early childhood centres.

The curriculum for early learning, Te Whariki, has been in place for 20 years and Education Minister Hekia Parata wants to ensure it remains relevant and robust for children into the future.

"The aspirations and vision for learning will not change in this update," Ms Parata said.

Parents, teachers and others with an interest in the sector are being consulted on the redrafting which is being led by the Ministry of Education with input from the original writers of the innovative framework.

The body representing centres, the Early Childhood Council, says the government consultation would help produce the best outcome for children but said there were some issues in a draft document that needed further examination.

"We will need to take care that the new emphasis on links between the early childhood and primary school curricula does not bring inappropriate primary school methods into the early childhood education environment," said chief executive Peter Reynolds.

He said it was important that when any new curriculum was introduced that it came with enough resources to aid its implementation.

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