About Us

The Office of Early Childhood Education – OECE

Tēnā koutou katoa – We warmly welcome you to the OECE Te Tari Mātauranga Kōhungahunga. Thank you for coming to our website. The OECE is the national body of early childhood education in NZ and lead public advisor on ECE matters.

Our role

The Office of Early Childhood Education – Te Tari Mātauranga Kōhungahunga is the lead public advisor on ECE and sector national body. The OECE is responsible for promoting better quality in early childhood services and across the sector.

We do not represent the interests of any group over any other group in the sector. The OECE is not a lobby group. Rather our purpose is to work with and for early childhood services. We also support teachers, families, government, the Ministry of Education, the Education Review Office, Universities, and other stakeholders, to learn and understand and support services to provide better quality.

We have NZ’s largest early childhood education knowledge centre. At the OECE we regularly engage in research – carrying out investigations, surveys, and reporting on early childhood practices, issues and concerns.

Join the OECE

Should you support high quality ECE, and we hope that you do, you are welcome to become involved – Join Us.

If you would like to know more about the structure of our sector, different players and groups, go to the chart showing who’s who.

There is also a parents’ website providing straightforward information for parents on early childhood education.

Our people

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The OECE is headed by a Chief Advisor. The Chief Advisor’s staff include a Communications Manager and office executive assistants.

Our Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC) comprises experts and leaders in ECE with a strong base of experience and knowledge in their respective areas. ECAC works with the Chief Advisor for better outcomes for the sector, and particularly for children.

The Pay Parity Steering Group (PPSG) is a small group of highly committed people who were successful in getting pay parity for all ECE qualified teachers onto the public policy agenda. Their work is not finished yet – learn more about the pay parity campaign here.

The NZIRECE Journal Editor and Board do fine work in working with researchers and producing the NZ-International Research in ECE Journal. Guest editors are appointed from time to time for special journal issues.

About Our People

Chief Advisor

Dr Sarah Alexander is highly qualified in ECE.  She also brings a huge depth of experience and knowledge to the role.

NZIRECE Editors and Board

Meet Associate Professor Wendy Boyd and the team behind the NZIRECE journal –  NZ’s first ECE peer-reviewed journal.  

Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC)

ECAC members bring a diversity of perspectives, helping to inform our ECE work and outputs.

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