Home-based ECE Programme Development in Other Languages

Home-based ECE Programme Development in Other Languages

Last updated 5 February 2020
Last updated 5 February 2020

A new fund is available to support the development of ECE programmes appropriate for home-based educators in languages other than English and te reo Māori.

New Fund for Home-based Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programme Development in Other Languages

As a significant number of home-based ECE educators serve migrant communities that are not proficient in English or Māori, a new fund – Home based ECE Programme Development in Other Languages - is aimed at helping these educators meet future workforce requirements (see ‘Home-Based ECE Review’ on Ministry of Education Budget page).

The new fund supports the development of level 4 ECE programmes appropriate for home-based ECE educators in languages other than English and te reo Māori. The aim of the Fund is to maximise the number of non-English speaking home-based educators who complete the level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification (NZ2850).

In February 2019, the Government announced that it will move towards a level 4 Early Childhood Education certificate becoming the minimum qualification for home-based educators to achieve better educational outcomes for children (see media release).

The funding will support the costs associated with:

  • programme development and contextualisation, including translating teaching, learning and assessment resources, and making the programme culturally appropriate, and
  • fees for NZQA approval.

A total maximum of $1.0 million funding is available up to 30 June 2021.

Eligibility is limited to tertiary education organisations (TEOs) that currently have NZQA approval and accreditation to deliver a programme leading to the level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification (NZ2850).

TEOs will need to provide evidence in their applications showing:

  • a strong record of supporting learners to achieve successful educational outcomes;
  • that they are able to engage and support learners from their identified language communities; and
  • demand for their proposed programme.

    Briefing sessions

    Briefing sessions will be held for eligible TEOs in Wellington and Auckland in late February 2020. Eligible TEOs will be directly contacted about the briefing sessions.

    Application process

    • The application process is in two phases – Phase One: Initial application and Phase Two: Final application
    • Applications can be made by one or more organisations (ie, collaborative applications). Collaborative applications must be submitted by the lead organisation, and all organisations must meet eligibility criteria.

    Phase One: Initial application

    • Phase One is a competitive application which requires applicants to provide an initial proposal for developing home-based ECE programmes in one or more languages other than English and te reo Māori.
    • Initial applications must provide evidence of demand for, and applicants’ capabilities to develop, programmes in their chosen language(s).
    • Decisions about initial applications will be made in May 2020.
    • Applicants who are successful in the Phase One will be invited to submit a final application in Phase Two.

    Click here for the Phase One: Initial application form.

    Initial applications are to be submitted before 5pm, Friday 27 March 2020.

    Phase Two: Final application

    • Phase Two is a collaborative process where successful applicants develop full proposals with support from TEC staff.
    • Final applications must demonstrate feasibility of a project plan including key milestones, required resources, and projected costs.
    • Final applications will be assessed and successful applicants will be notified in August 2020.

    Questions

    If you have any questions, contact Customer Contact Group customerservice@tec.govt.nz with ‘ECE Programme Development Fund’ in the subject line.

    To ensure all applicants receive the same information we will publish answers to these questions on the fund webpage. Please check the page regularly for the release of any new information.