Qualified Early Childhood Trained Teachers

Our position is that all teaching staff counted for meeting the minimum regulated adult:child ratio must be early childhood trained teachers.  ECE teachers are trained and qualified in the care and health needs of babies, toddlers, and young children.  They have undertaken supervised practice in ECE settings before gaining their qualification. They have studied such things as: early childhood development; theories of early learning; ECE curriculum content and delivery; assessment of learning appropriate to infants and young children; fostering partnership with parents, family and whānau; language acquisition; encouraging development of positive pro-social behaviours; team-teaching; regulations and licensing criteria for early childhood education.
Early childhood specialist training is essential because infants and young children do not have a voice. This age group is most vulnerable.

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Early Childhood Qualified teacher supporting infant feeding with baby bottle.

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