What is quality ECE?

- Teachers take time to listen and respond in ways that extended children’s learning.

-Managers and Teachers hold high expectations for all children.

-Teachers are interested in who your child is and what they bring to their learning.

-Teachers interactions with children create opportunities for meaningful conversations that provoke and extend children's thinking.

-Assessment practice (Learning portfolios) enables educators to notice, recognise and respond to children’s emerging interests and strengths.

-Safe inclusive environment.

-Children are respected, supported and challenged in their learning.

-Children are happy, confident learners who are included and listened to.

-Children's progress, achievements and successes are acknowledged and supported.

-Relationships between Teachers (and staff), parents and whānau, based on mutual trust and respect, strengthen partnerships for learning.

-Low staff turn over

-Qualified experienced Early Childhood Teachers

-Low child to Teacher ratios

-On-going professional learning and development for Teachers

-Manager with experience, vision and leadership

-No rigid routines

-Well resourced

-Willingness and motivation to engage in self-reflection and change/improve practice

-Engage with relevant professional learning and development

-Teachers have responsive relationships with children, become able to recognize cues or attempts at communicating.

-Day not driven by imposed routines, but instead individual child's needs

-No adult-directed activities, and rote learning methods, where adults decide what children do, and when and how they should do particular activities.

-No interactions that direct and control children

-Teachers that interact with children during meal times.

-Teachers that see opportunities to increase the complexity of children’s learning through their play and current interests

-Grass areas, gardens and natural resources available to children

-A good understanding of self review

-A professional commitment to supporting self review

-An awareness of the value and purpose of self review