Early Learning Auckland Network network beginnings:
The Early Learning Auckland is a network of agencies and people passionate about the importance of the early childhood years and the significance of early childhood education and learning as a critical foundation for future development. The Call to Action arose out of a community Summit convened by the former Waitakere City Council in 2002 when the inter-sectoral Waitakere Wellbeing Collaboration Project was established. Several priority areas were identified for Calls to Action including Early Childhood Education with the objective:
‘Every child has access to quality early education and is on a life long learning journey.’
Auckland Council’s commitment to early learning:
The Early Learning Auckland network is part of Auckland Council’s Community Development Programme and is a collaborative working partnership which promotes the importance of children’s education. Lifelong learning patterns start at home in collaboration with early childhood learning and development. We continue to advocate for our Auckland community by encouraging the integration of early years child education services to link with health, government agencies and community support providers in the area. Parents, caregivers, whanau and educators are invited to monthly network forums where we invite speakers to share their experience with working with preschool children and share relevant information.
In September 2013, at an Auckland Plan committee meeting, councillors approved ‘I Am Auckland’ – The Children and Young People’s Strategic Action Plan, which is the action plan for Auckland’s young people, developed jointly by Auckland Council and the Youth Advisory Panel . It all links with the Auckland Plan Strategic Directives and Targets, “Improve the learning and education opportunities for all Aucklanders, particularly our children and young people,” is the Strategic directive that applies to us as well as, “All 3- 4- year olds will participate in, and have access to quality, culturally appropriate early childhood learning services by 2020.”
Within the Auckland Plan and the I Am Auckland plan (the children and young people’s plan). Point number four reveals:
4. I am given equal opportunities to succeed and be given a fair go
Auckland council explains what this means: We support high quality learning environments for children and young people and help them to transition into further education or work, and to reach their full potential….Council is committed to improving the learning and educational opportunities for all Aucklanders, particularly children and young people. Education, training and knowledge are vital for children and young people to have a good life and get a great job.
Early childhood education is mentioned under one of four priority areas. It is also linked in the Auckland Plan Strategic Directives and Targets, under Strategic Directives:
1.3 Improve the learning and education opportunities for all Aucklanders, particularly our children and young people.
Within this Strategic Directive it has mentioned a Target :
- All 3- 4- year olds will participate in, and have access to quality, culturally appropriate early childhood learning services by 2020.
The local board’s statements around early learning:
Henderson-Massey local board:
The Henderson-Massey local board plan in 2014 relates to early learning in these ways:
Outcome 3: Community where we know our neighbours, work together on issues and value diversity Page 26 “we will also keep supporting preschool language nests in our community organisations, both to combat the problems of parental isolation and to foster the retention of cultural identity.
Outcome 4: page 28 “We want Henderson-Massey to be a place where our children can get the best possible start in life.”
Outcome 4: page 28 Children – Our early childhood service directory has been a treasure trove of information for the parents of small children and the board will look into how it can support its production……….
Outcome 4: Page 29 What you have told us…Reinstate the early childhood service directory
Outcome 4: page 31 A good life for young and old. What we want to achieve: Nurture the very young.
The Whau Local Board has the following commitment:
We recognise the importance of giving our children and young people a great start and we will support planning by our community and central government agencies to ensure access to quality early childhood education (ECE) continues as we grow.