100% Qualified Teachers = High Quality ECE

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In Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: New Zealand, Taguma, Litjens and Makowiecki argue that in order for a child-centred curriculum to be effective it needs to be delivered by qualified teachers.  They point out only qualified teachers are able to foster a wide range of developmental and learning needs, and adapt the curriculum to be responsive to diverse cultural needs.

It is the quality of teachers’ interactions with children that create long lasting positive outcomes for children.  The Early Childhood Education and Young Adult Competencies at Age 16 study found the following practices were of statistical significance for long-term positive outcomes: staff are responsive to children; staff guide children in centre activities; staff asked children open-ended questions; staff join children in their play.  This applied across income groups and maternal qualification groups.  The Effective Provision of Preschool Education Project found there was a strong link between teacher qualifications and the quality of the ECE service – the higher the qualification held by the teachers, the greater the benefits for children.

Qualified teachers have completed a programme of teacher education, learning about pedagogy, chid development and the curriculum Te Whāriki.  Teachers have a deep knowledge and understanding of how children learn and progress their learning.  They provide rich age-appropriate experiences for young children to:

  • foster learning dispositions such as perseverance, problem-solving and critical thinking,
  • build curriculum knowledge of science, mathematics, literacy, the art for example, and
  • develop their own unique identity in the world celebrating language and culture.

Qualified teachers are registered by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.  They must meet certain standards and responsibilities.  They must show every three years when they renew their practising certificate, that they remain current in their teaching practice.  Registered teachers are accountable to their profession.  Unqualified teachers have no professional accountability mechanism.

Posted on 21/08/2017 by NZK
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