Here are links to both the Summary and the whole of the report Through Their Lens: an inquiry into non-parental education and care of infants and toddlers.
For those not into reading long stuff *cough* me *cough*, here's an excerpt that jumped out at me:
These findings are made in a context in which many parents feel they do not have a choice about returning early to work, or that their choice is very constrained and determined by factors other than their preference. These findings should not be construed as a criticism of working mothers. Society has changed. Working mothers and consequently non-maternal childcare are part of this change. The inquiry on which this report is based has concluded that formal ECS should be seen as a contribution, in partnership with parents and often extended family members, to a child’s learning and development.And here's some of the media coverage for quick overviews:
Under-2s best at home, says report - Herald
'Time to take under two's seriously': report - Stuff
Please consider this an open thread to discuss this and related matters.*
One of the things I have really liked about a lot of the media I've seen so far (mainly radio) has been the prevalent use of the word "parent". Such a relief to not have everybody assuming it's just about mums!
* I have previously felt quite constrained about discussing early childhood education stuff because of my day job. However I'm on maternity leave now, and when I return to work soon I'll likely be working in a different sector, so now I feel a bit free-er to talk about the education and care of under 5s. No one should misconstrue anything I say as being the opinion of my regular employer, NZEI Te Riu Roa.