Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


In-Home Educators Focused on Kids

December 6, 2012

In-Home Educators Focused on Kids

Au Pair Link is concerned about statements from the Ministry of Education regarding early childhood education (ECE) subsidies being used for in-home educators to do housework.

Au Pair Link Managing Director Cecilia Robinson supports the government’s objective of value for money in ECE, but suggests the Ministry may have misunderstood the vital role of home based learning in the successful educational development of children.

“Au Pair Link’s primary focus is the provision of high quality early childhood education and care. A strong bond between child and educator and the provision of a secure, consistent and stimulating environment are key determinants of quality educational outcomes in ECE,” Robinson says.

Au Pair Link’s seven regional Education Review Office Reports have praised the business’ approach to early childhood education. The reports show that Au Pair Link’s services have low educator-to-child ratios and consistently deliver excellent outcomes for children and their families, she says.

“Au Pair Link is proud of the fact that its services are focused on providing a stable and secure environment for children, and ensuring each child gets the full attention and support he or she needs in the vital early years of life.”

For every dollar spent on centre-based ECE services, the Government spends on average only 66 cents for home-based ECE services.

“Nearly half the children enrolled in our ECE service have come from a centre-based environment. This provides an excellent return on government investment – quality early childhood outcomes for less,” says Robinson.

“To suggest that Au Pair Link is doing ‘family housework’ shows a misunderstanding of what we do. We recognise that both education and care are important and together they are our primary focus. Any government subsidy we receive is used solely for the education of our kids, to support their developing minds,” says Robinson

As at November 2012, 564 enrolled children were placed with 330 au pairs in Au Pair Link’s ECE service. In total, Au Pair Link has more than 400 au pairs currently in New Zealand.

Au Pair Link intends to participate fully in the government’s consultation on the Home-based ECE Review and is looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the Ministry of Education to clear up any confusion it might have, Ms Robinson says.

Au Pair Link is a Ministry of Education licensed home-based Early Childhood Education provider delivering high quality early childhood education and care for children from birth to school age across New Zealand. Au Pair Link services implement New Zealand’s Early Childhood Education (“ECE”) curriculum, Te Whāriki, enabling children to be educated and cared for in their own home.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: Henry Rollins Burning Down The House

With his lantern jaw, close-cropped hair, and muscle-bound physique, Henry Rollins could not be further from the US Marine image his appearance might suggest. More>>

A Series Of Tubes: 150 Years Of The Cook Strait Cable

“It was a momentous achievement for its time. The successful connection came on the third attempt at laying the cable, and followed a near disaster when the first cable snapped - almost destroying the ship Weymouth in the process,” says Ms Adams. More>>

ALSO:

February 2017: Guns N' Roses - New Zealand Dates Announced

Founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan have regrouped for one of the century’s most anticipated tours... Rolling Stone said: "This was the real thing, the thing we'd all been waiting for: the triumphant return of one of the most important bands to cross rock music history. And it happened in our lifetime.” More>>

Werewolf: Brando, Peckinpah And Billy The Kid

Gordon Campbell: Initially, One-Eyed Jacks was supposed to have been directed by Stanley Kubrick from a script by Sam Peckinpah – yet it quickly became Brando’s baby... More>>

Book Awards: ANZAC Heroes Wins Margaret Mahy Book Of The Year

“Simply stunning, with gold-standard production values,” say the judges of the winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. ANZAC Heroes is also the winner of the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category. More>>

Baby Animals: Hamilton Zoo Rhino Calf Named

Hamilton Zoo’s latest rhino calf has been named Samburu and he's being celebrated with a unique zoo experience... Samburu arrived after his mother Kito’s 16-month pregnancy and the calf brings the number of white rhinos at Hamilton Zoo to six. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news