Home-Based ECE Programme Development in Other Languages

Home-Based ECE Programme Development in Other Languages

Last updated 21 October 2020
Last updated 21 October 2020

A new fund is available to support the development of ECE programmes appropriate for home-based educators in languages other than English and te reo Māori.

As a significant number of home-based ECE educators serve migrant communities that are not proficient in English or te reo Māori, a new fund – Home based ECE Programme Development in Other Languages - is aimed at helping these educators meet future workforce requirements (see ‘Home-Based ECE Review’ on Ministry of Education Budget page).

The new fund supports the development of level 4 ECE programmes appropriate for home-based ECE educators in languages other than English and te reo Māori. The aim of the fund is to maximise the number of non-English speaking home-based educators who complete the level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification (NZ2850).

In February 2019, the Government announced that it will move towards a level 4 Early Childhood Education certificate becoming the minimum qualification for home-based educators to achieve better educational outcomes for children (see media release).

The funding will support the costs associated with:

  • programme development and contextualisation, including translating teaching, learning and assessment resources, and making the programme culturally appropriate, and
  • fees for NZQA approval.

A total maximum of $1.0 million funding is available up to 30 June 2021.

Eligibility is limited to tertiary education organisations (TEOs) that currently have NZQA approval and accreditation to deliver a programme leading to the level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification (NZ2850).

TEOs will need to provide evidence in their applications showing:

  • a strong record of supporting learners to achieve successful educational outcomes;
  • that they are able to engage and support learners from their identified language communities; and
  • demand for their proposed programme.

    Application process

    • The application process is in two phases – Phase One: Initial application and Phase Two: Final application
    • Applications can be made by one or more organisations (ie, collaborative applications). Collaborative applications must be submitted by the lead organisation, and all organisations must meet eligibility criteria.

    Phase One: Initial application

    • Phase One is a competitive application which requires applicants to provide an initial proposal for developing home-based ECE programmes in one or more languages other than English and te reo Māori.
    • Initial applications must provide evidence of demand for, and applicants’ capabilities to develop, programmes in their chosen language(s).
    • Applicants who are successful in the Phase One will be invited to submit a final application in Phase Two.

    Initial applications are now closed.

    Phase Two: Final application

    • Phase Two is a collaborative process where successful applicants develop full proposals with support from TEC staff.
    • Final applications must demonstrate feasibility of a project plan including key milestones, required resources, and projected costs.
    • Final applications will be assessed and successful applicants will be notified in mid-November 2020.


    If you have any questions, contact Customer Contact Group customerservice@tec.govt.nz with ‘ECE Programme Development Fund’ in the subject line.

    To ensure all applicants receive the same information we will publish answers to these questions on the fund webpage. Please check the page regularly for the release of any new information.


    Q. When will it become compulsory for home-based educators to attain a level 4 ECE qualification?

    A. It is anticipated that a cabinet decision in the first half of 2020 will provide further information on the timeframe for implementation.

    Please visit the Ministry of Education website for background information on the Review of Home-based Early Childhood Education.


    Q. Are TEOs that deliver non-Level 4 ECE qualifications eligible to apply for the fund?

    A. No. The fund targets TEOs that already have approval and accreditation to provide the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) [Ref: 2850].

    Applications are limited to providers currently offering programmes towards the level 4 qualification as they are the most well-placed to be able to contextualise the programme for other languages.


    Q. Is funding for programme development for a variation of an existing programme or  new programmes?

    A. Funding for programme development is only for new programmes.


    Q.  Is everything expected to be translated into the target language?

    A. No. The teaching, learning and assessment resources will have varying degrees of translation depending on how the programme is intended to be contextualised for the target learner group. The programme document for NZQA approval is expected to be in English or te reo Māori.

    Please note that programme development involving translation is expected to preserve the integrity of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi and the New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework Te Whāriki, eg, using te reo Māori and tikanga Māori with children and families/whānau (see qualification details for further information).

    Specific questions regarding translation can be directed to NZQA.

    Q. Will a TEO’s ‘consistency rating’ be taken into consideration in funding decisions?

    A. The ‘consistency rating’ refers to the consistency of graduate outcomes associated with a qualification and is evidenced in NZQA’s consistency review report. This information may be taken into consideration if it is relevant to a TEO’s funding application.

    Please note that for all applications, TEC may consider information from our own records and other agencies such as the NZQA.


    Q. Can you provide more information on how NZQA will assess the programme for approval and accreditation?

    A. Questions relating to programme approval and accreditation can be directed to NZQA.


    Q. Why must the programme and resources be made available to other TEOs at low or no cost?

    A. This funding requirement supports the policy intent of maximising the number of learners completing the level 4 qualification in other languages. Making the programme and resources easily available to other TEOs will allow the programme to be available to a wider group of home-based educators and support level 4 qualification attainment. TEOs that wish to deliver the programme will still be required to apply to NZQA for accreditation in order to deliver the programme.

    Applicants who are successful in Phase One: Initial application and progress on to Phase Two will be expected to provide details in their proposals on how the programme and resources are to be made available to other TEOs at low or no cost.