We were pleased to read that the 2014 Kiwis Count survey data that was released in September by the State Services Commission showed that 85 per cent of parents are satisfied with their children's early childhood education service overall. This is a testament to the hard work of our teachers and educators who work with our families to ensure we're delivering a quality programme for your child. We know that quality early childhood education, like our PORSE programmes, sets children up for future success to be a life-long learner.
The media has also been commenting on the Education Review Office (ERO) report on infants and toddlers. We shared this with you in our June newsletter as well as the positive comments we have received from ERO that confirm our children experience a high quality curriculum and have responsive interactions and relationships with educators. The report echoes PORSE position around the hallmarks of quality ECE include an emphasis on relationships to build secure attached relationships which are best achieved in smaller ratios and ongoing and relevant professional development of staff and educators.
The most interesting report that came out over the last month is the report published by the ChildForum ECE Service and Research National Network. You can read the report here: http://www.childforum.com/policy-issues/surveys-and-ece-sector-a-family-data/1323-quality-report-teachers-views.html
What we were surprised to see is that a quarter of ECE centre teachers that were survey indicated that they would not be happy for their child to attend their centre or one like it. Teacher reasons for not enrolling their child related to quality and to personal beliefs about the needs of young children and values for them. Teacher reasons from this survey included the following:
- "The ratio in the babies’ room is one to five. This is ridiculous. When one goes to change nappies the other teacher is left with 9 babies."
- "I'd prefer a smaller service, with fewer children per teacher."
- "High staff turnover which I think is hard on the children."
- "It is like factory farming for children; I have said to my friends "do not wait list your child here… ". I want my child to run on grass and have space to explore or be secluded. I want my child's thinking and humour to be extended by meaningful connection with consistent people. "
- "I would prefer in-home care with a carefully selected carer."
- "Because of the behaviour of children in ECE centres compared to part-time or at-home children, there is a lot of aggression in ECE."
At PORSE we are strong advocates for what we do and why we do it – for us ECE is not just a business – it's a social movement to ensure we're raising the next generations of strong, confident and competent learners ... we know that the best way to grow little minds is at home, especially for the first three years of a child's life – and many teachers agree as you can see by the survey results!
So please share these articles and our joint passion for growing little minds at home and encourage your friends and families to contact PORSE today to become a PORSE Educator or enrol their children with us to set them up for the best start.