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How ECE Reform works

ECE Reform develops systems to improve quality of life for children in their early years, especially ideas for ECE and care system change, and takes these proposals to the the government.  It is designed to ensure that these proposals get taken seriously.


ECE Reform works as a collective, representing the voices of ECE teachers, owners, managers and others, who want to see the best outcomes for New Zealand children.  To achieve this, ECE Reform has a process of discussion,  followed by support for communication to government (normally the Minister of Education and other Ministers of the Crown).

If you go to a particular project, you will see a bar that shows the progress of that project. It looks like this, with one of the boxes highlighted to show where the project is up to.

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4



Register support 

Proposal sent

Ministerial response

Phase1: Discussion

Ideas for systems or policy need to be discussed in the ECE Reform community. This is process of asking questions, challenging concepts, or spotting things that could be improved. There may be a need for a roadshow, with presentations and opportunities to debate the ideas.  Discussion time will vary between projects, but when the leadership team decides that there has been sufficient discussion, we will notify members one week ahead of close of discussion, so we can move to the next step.  The document is likely to be a proposal that needs a government-level working group to consider details and implications, and to engage with other organisations. That's OK - we just want to get it to that stage through our process, and to be at the table when it it taken further at government level. 

Phase 2: Register support for Ministerial proposal/submission

This step is equivalent to a petition, but as the support is all within an organisation, it is more like an organisation's letter to a Minister. If we can show the details of members giving support that's best, but we know some members will need their identity to be kept confidential.  That means we can have an option for anonymous support from members - we'll just show the statistics.  Normally the letter and proposal would go to the Minister of Education and Prime Minister, but may also go to the Ministers of Health and Finance, or others as well.

Phase 3: Proposal/submission  sent

It's with the Minister(s) now, so we're waiting for a reply…

Phase 4: Ministerial response

We'll keep members updated as to the response from the Minister(s), and progress with getting the proposal implemented.

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