A quality early childhood education is a great start in life.

We think that every child is worth the best early childhood education New Zealand can possibly provide, and a great start in life.

Research shows that children have huge amounts to gain from high-quality ECE which has powerful life-long positive impacts on their health, well-being, and later education.

But since 2010, the Government's funding decisions have undermined the opportunity for every child to access the very best early childhood education. While many children get a fantastic early childhood education from qualified, dedicated professional teachers, others can't.

New Zealand can afford to provide quality ECE. That's why we campaign for quality, teacher-led ECE as a right for every child.

People working in ECE have been underpaid for far too long, just because caring for children is seen as "women's work". But we're starting a new movement to change all that.

Have a Heart Pledge

In the lead-up to the General Election in 2017, we challenged MPs and candidates to sign the Have a Heart Pledge, making a promise to work on restoring early childhood.

Campaign launch

We re-launched our early childhood campaign in late 2016.

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