OECD: Finland could learn from NZ in ECE


The OECD has said that Finland could learn from New Zealand in the area of Early Childhood Ediucation. You know the same area that Labour thinks the government isn’t spending enough on….the same Labour party that now says we should emulate Finland.

Finland gives its young children a better start in education than most OECD countries.  Improving the skills of staff teaching the under-sixes and attracting more young people, especially men, to the profession would help ensure the long-term success of its early childhood education and care services, according to a new OECD report.

Boosting the skills of staff with caring responsibilities would help, says the OECD. More effort needs to be invested in improving leadership. Although staff are trained on management and planning during their initial education, a more rigorous programme to develop leadership skills and competences for qualified kindergarten teachers is needed.

Finland could learn from programmes in New Zealand and Sweden that have boosted the flow of young professionals into preschool education and improved staff qualifications, according to the report.


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  • You could spend twice as much money – but in all the wrong areas it won’t improve a child’s education. Love the phrase – “according to a report” that has similar weight to saying according to the tea leaves I read this morning.