Priority Outcome 1
Parents and the community have confidence in their own and the Ministry’s ability to support quality learning and development for the very young.
Quality early childhood education and the skills it develops in the very young sets a base for positiveeducational outcomes in formal schooling. Parents and the community have an important role to play in thisdevelopment and the Ministry must make sure it supports parents in this role as well as continuing to focus on qualitypersonnel and resources in the Early Childhood sector.
Increased participation – although most young Cook Islands’ children do attend an ECE Centre, there are stillsome children who do not have equity of access or participation. The Ministry will focus on engaging thesechildren in early childhood education through awareness and media programmes and individual communitybased responses.2.
Quality Learning – the Ministry will continue to support the professional development of ECE teachers andAdvisory staff and the development of ECE specific quality assurance programmes.3.
Parental Support – the Ministry will further develop and implement the Te Kakaia programme to supportparents in being the leaders of their child’s education.4.
ECE Resourcing – resourcing for ECE (human, learning and consumables) is tagged within school budgets.5.
Pay parity for ECE teachers with teachers at primary and secondary level.6.
Provision of physical learning environments which reflect health and safety requirements and curriculumintent.
Evidence of Success
Gross Enrolment Rate for Early Childhood Education at least 95% across all islands.2.
Successful completion of ECE specific courses and qualifications by teachers and advisory staff.3.
ECE specific resourcing available in schools (including pay parity).4.
Te Kakaia programmes successfully run to support parents in understanding learning and development in thevery young.5.
ECE buildings and environments are fit for their intended purpose.
Priority Outcome 2:
That every child is literate and numerate by the end of Year 8
Literacy and Numeracy are the foundation skills for all other learning. They also provide the foundation for lifeskills that all individuals need to be active members of their communities. Success in literacy and numeracy leads topositive learning outcomes in all essential learning areas of the Cook Islands Curriculum. The target of year 8 is toensure that students have the skills needed to access opportunities at secondary school level and to be able tosuccessfully gain recognized qualifications. The Ministry of Education considers attainment in both Maori and Englishto be a requirement of the literate learner.
1. Lead Teacher Programmes – professional and effective lead teachers in schools to support, monitor andevaluate classroom programmes in literacy and numeracy.2. Resourcing - a focus on resourcing Maori language with relevant high quality resources at all levels of education.3. The development of resourcing formulae for literacy and numeracy.4. Assessment Tools to improve learning – a range of assessment tools are used by teachers to assess learning inliteracy and numeracy to inform the next steps for individual learners and allow for reliable and validmonitoring at a national level.5. Research on literacy and numeracy - research by advisors and teachers to investigate and utilise best practicemodels in literacy and numeracy for the Cook Islands.