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HELO supports the Ministry of Education’s decision

MEDIA STATEMENT

5 July 2013

New Zealand’s home-based childcare providers have welcomed the Government’s decision to work more closely with the sector, rather than putting it through a review process.

The national Home Early Learning Organisation, HELO, president Jenny Yule said members support the Ministry of Education’s decision to reconsider the need to review the home-based early childhood education (ECE), and instead work more closely with the sector.

“HELO has been working closely with the Ministry of Education and sees the Government’s  endorsement of support for the home based sector as a huge step forward. People who work in the home-based sector understand the importance of working closely with families/ whānau during the formative years of a child’s emotional growth and development.”

“We support the Government’s decision to progress initiatives already underway and we look forward to continuing our work with the Government to ensure all children get the best possible start in life,” says Ms Yule.

“We appreciate the Government’s acknowledgement today that home-based childcare makes a valuable contribution to children and their families’ lives, particularly the wrap-around support home-based ECE provides to vulnerable children and priority groups such as Māori, Pasifika, and lower socio-economic families” says Ms Yule.

“Home-based ECE, with the small ratios of care and ability to offer a quality one on one relationship in a secure home setting, helps provide the best start for babies, infants and preschoolers. Development is not a ‘one size fits all’ and home-based childcare provides holistic education and care that benefits each child, based on their socio, cultural and individual needs.”

Home-based childcare continues to be the fastest growing part of the New Zealand ECE sector. “It’s great to see more families choosing home-based childcare as they become even more aware of the science behind the crucial first three years of a child’s life where smaller ratios of quality care in a secure home setting, with natural play and learning provide their children with the best start,” says Ms Yule.

The Government has also recognised that home-based childcare is creating more employment opportunities, particularly for at-home mums who are already caring for their own children.

“Home-based childcare is offering great job opportunities, and education and training, for at home parents who are becoming educators caring for other children too.

“I’d encourage anyone considering a profession in early childhood education to contact local home-based ECE services in their region to look into employment, education and training opportunities for them.”

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For more information please contact:       

HELO President Jenny Yule 021 546 012

www.helo.org.nz

 

The Home Early Learning Organisation (HELO) represents nearly 9000 children and 50% of the in-home ECE sector, including over 4000 Educators, Nannies and Au Pairs.

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HELO membership grows providing a strong mandate for home-based ECE advocacy

MEDIA STATEMENT

4 June 2013

New Zealand’s Home Early Learning Organisation, (HELO) established six months ago to give the home-based ECE sector a stronger national voice, now represents the majority of home-based enrolments.

This week, another major home-based provider, Footsteps, has joined HELO supporting a stronger, united voice for the sector.

Footsteps CEO Kevin Christie said the greatest advantage for HELO members was the greater good the organisation would achieve for the home-based sector as a united group, rather than as individual providers.

“We hope to achieve positive change for all children through our united voice in all aspects of in-home early learning and care.”

“We are thrilled to join HELO, whose values align with ours. We are fully committed to raising the standards in the home-based sector and achieving better outcomes for all children.”

“As a HELO member we will have a stronger voice for the 1500 children, caregivers and whānau we serve nationwide through our specialised home-based education service.”

“Footsteps has a focus on vulnerable children, who represent over 70 per cent of our enrolments.  By joining HELO we are adding greater diversity of who the organisation represents.”

HELO president, Jenny Yule, said having members like Footsteps help give HELO a stronger mandate and re-confirmed HELO as national voice for advocating on behalf of the home-based sector.

Ms Yule said together HELO’s members are able to be heard and recognised as a strong and united voice.

“We have come so far in such a short time. Already we are starting to make a difference – finally our sector is being heard particularly when working at a national level and with Government agencies.”

Ms Yule has since been elected as the home-based member on the New Zealand Teachers Council Advisory Group and HELO continues meeting with key Government agencies, such as the Education Review Office and the Ministry of Education, to ensure home-based ECE is heard.

“We are gaining momentum and continue to encourage other home-based ECE service providers to join HELO so they to can benefit from being part of a stronger national body who is influencing positive outcomes,” says Ms Yule.

With the addition of Footsteps, HELO now represents 52% of the home-based ECE enrolments.  Founding members include PORSE, Home Grown Kids, Au Pair Link and PAUA.

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Government funding cuts for qualified ECE teachers gets support

MEDIA STATEMENT

16 May  2013

The New Zealand Home Early Learning Organisation is backing the  Government’s budget cuts to current ECE teacher grants that pay for teachers to become “qualified”.

HELO president, Jenny Yule said the money can now be better spent on increasing ECE participation through giving parents more choice.

The Government has announced $14.856 million over four years in funding cuts to the ECE Service Provisionally Registered Teachers Initiative and $11.576 million over four years in funding cuts to the Early Childhood Education National Study Awards.  This funding will be reallocated to help strengthen the quality of ECE provision in areas of low participation or with high Maori and Pasifika enrolments.

“HELO believes that quality learning and care comes from the strength of the relationship between the child, the family and the educator in a secure home environment – not a formal teaching qualification.

“We applaud the Government for recognising the need to support high priority families and Home-based ECE is well positioned to offer this flexible and responsive model to childcare which supports families’ values, beliefs and culture through the home-based childcare model.

“Educational environments are just not limited to teacher-led, centre-based services and we support the Minister’s intent to have parents engaged in their children’s early learning.

“HELO is committed to supporting flexible learning environments for a wide range of people to develop career pathways as home-based educators, nannies and au pairs.”

“By offering each family flexible and responsive home-based childcare options from birth ensures babies are raised in familiar home environments.  Whanau and relatives are able to better support their children in the transition from informal to formal school education,” Ms Yule said.

 

Notes:

The Teacher Education Grants (ECESTEG) are paid to teacher-led centre-based ECE services to contribute to the costs faced by the service when supporting staff members gain a first ECE teaching qualification. The ECE PRT support grant helps teacher-led ECE services to support their provisionally registered teachers to become fully registered. The ECESTEG is worth $3375 (GST inclusive) for each successful application.

The Early Childhood Education Provisionally Registers Teachers grant (PRT) was introduced to help services with the costs of supporting their provisionally registered teachers to become fully registered.

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HELO calls for new ERO framework for all ECE service types

MEDIA STATEMENT

10 May  2013

Home Early Learning Organisation, HELO, president Jenny Yule said today the Education Review Office’s (ERO) new reporting system should be applied sector wide.

Ms Yule said that recent Government reports show that some ECE service types are falling short of official standards for children under two years of age. Using the new review methodology sector-wide will help parents see the benefits of home-based.

“The New Zealand education system has created a perception that qualified teachers are a pre-requisite to quality.

“A loving relationship built on trust and respect supersedes any formal qualification on paper for raising and caring for children in a child’s first three years.

“Young children are wiring up their human operating systems during the first three years of life and they need to be with someone who offers consistent one-on-one care and education.  More New Zealand families are recognising this which shows in the increased numbers of parents now employing nannies, au pairs and home-based educators through licensed Ministry of Education providers,” Ms Yule said.

Since 2003 there has been a 92.1 percent increase in enrolments in home-based services, and only a 49.1 percent increase in education and care services showing that parents are now understanding the science behind the importance of the first three years of life and choosing home-based ECE.

HELO is also concerned that Unicef figures show 32% of New Zealand children under the age of three are enrolled in care outside of the home, compared to the OECD average of 24%.

HELO is meeting with ERO to support its work programme and priorities to help understand the quality of the home-based sector, as more families choose home-based childcare over daycare centres.

“The first three years of a child’s life is the most critical time for brain development where they need consistent one on one care and education. Regretfully modern large group childcare centres, with changing carers compromise one-on-one high quality care, and a personal adult–child relationship to support the critical stages of early brain development,” she said.

HELO, the Home Early Learning Organisation, is the largest voice in New Zealand advocating for relationship-based early learning and care for under fives. Collectively, HELO represents over 9,000 children and over 4,000 educators, nannies, and au pairs.

HELO calls for new ERO framework for all ECE service types Link

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ECE Funding Release

MEDIA STATEMENT

19 March  2013

Call For Government Review of 20 Hours ECE Funding
The New Zealand Home-based Education and Learning Organisation, HELO is calling for an urgent Government review into its 20 hours Early Childcare Education policy.

HELO president Jenny Yule said…

ECE Funding Release Link

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