New Zealand offers a wide range of early childhood services from private operators through to community groups and voluntary agencies, namely kindergartens, care centres and playcentres. The Ministry of Education and the Education Review Office (ERO) regularly monitor these.
Primary & Secondary
Schooling is compulsory in New Zealand for all children from their sixth until sixteenth birthday and schooling is free at state (government funded) schools until the age of 19. Parents are, however, expected to meet some minor costs, including the cost of school books, stationary and uniforms. Costs vary widely depending on individual school requirements.
New Zealand Curriculum
Most New Zealand students attend state-funded schools while private or independent schools receive only limited government funding. The New Zealand Curriculum is built around the acquisition of essential academic and practical skills. It identifies 7 academic or ‘essential learning’ areas and 8 practical or ‘essential skills’.
New Zealand has eight universities which all offer general undergraduate and graduate degrees and diplomas in arts, sciences and commerce, as well as specialist degrees in particular disciplines. There is also numerous Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Private Training Establishments offering a wide range of academic and professional courses.