The scoping of participation in early childhood education and gaps in education provision in Christchurch East

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This report was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to take a broad view of and report on the impact of the Sept 2010, Feb and June 2011 earthquakes on the participation of children in early childhood education (ECE), specifically in relation to the provision of education for children in the east of Christchurch.

Key findings: 

In short these findings cover the outcomes of six areas investigated in the scoping project: population movement, ECE participation, ECE capacity, financial impact, ECE staff, children and family/whanau wellbeing and recovery strategies.

  • The population and socio-economic distribution across Christchurch has changed. The movement of families/whanau within Christchurch is visible in the statistics of overall changes in enrolments. This data supports the anecdotal view that many families/whanau moved from the east to the west of town following 22 Feb 2011 as well as moving home within the east locations.
  • The barriers to ECE participation identified by organisations as existing pre 22 Feb: the cost, funding rules, WINZ process, and access to centres, transport/weather, ECE profile and personal circumstances.have been compounded by quake related issues Post 22 Feb such as family displacement, social/emotional wellbeing, parent access to child, living conditions, work-related changes, ECE locations and uncertainty.
  • ECE capacity: in spite of the extended closure of 14 east ECE services, and the resulting re-enrolment of many children in alternative east services, Christchurch east has more capacity than other parts of the city.
  • The financial impact: a wide range of additional earthquake related financial demands and concerns  were identified.
  • Low emotional wellbeing was an identified for staff, children and family/whānau following 22 Feb. Positive responses included: centres and playgroups have been instrumental in community and ECE recovery – the services prove to be a valuable resource for communities in crisis. The majority of standalone services have drawn on their own resources for their support; External support has been well received. However, ECE services were concerned and uncertain about provision of service, viability, and sustainability at the time of the project.
  • Services were looking at recovery strategies more or less in their immediate control.  

The scoping of participation in early childhood education and gaps in education provision in Christchurch East (PDF, 4.1 MB) (2011)


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