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How the Early Learning taskforce used improvement methodology in their work. (English, 2 min 47 seconds)

Jilly Tyler, Project Lead for Early Learning Taskforce, at the Early Discoveries Centre in Weymouth, South Auckland.

Jilly Tyler: My name is Jilly Tyler and I work for the Ministry of Education. I lead a project that relates to increasing participation in early childhood education, for families, for children of families that are in vulnerable circumstances.

Naomi Diack, Head Teacher, intercut with photos of the early childhood centre.

Naomi Diack: So some of the key learnings I’ve had from being a part of this programme, has been to start small with ideas and then to test them out and see if you can see change and see improvement and then move on from there. Lots of learning about the importance of collecting data, and how that can really inform you, were the change is working.

So our most successful PDSA to date is trialing, offering 30 free hours to all the children and families that attend our centre. Originally, we were offering 20 hours per week, so we wanted to test to see if offering 30 hours per week, would increase our enrolments at our centre.

[Image of the PDSA cycle diagram]

Naomi Diack: The benefit of testing with PDSA’s is going through the whole cycle, planning, doing, studying and acting.

Jilly Tyler: One of the key things about PDSA is being able to measure the change, and having data that drives some decisions about the planned changes is really critical.

[Graph showing percentage of occupied places in centre, by week.]

Naomi Diack: So the graph showed us that our change idea worked, so you will notice there’s a little dip in the graph and that, was due to school holidays but after that you’ll see a dramatic increase and that was due to us offering 30 free hours.

Jilly Tyler: For us, until teachers saw that their changes were attached to some data, that they started to see how this PDSA model worked really well.

Naomi Diack: At the beginning everything was quite daunting, it was a really big issue for us to tackle but having this framework and having this model actually made us sort of have a sigh of relief, that you know, we can try and work on this in small bites, and then eventually we will see change happen in a big way and that’s really our story to date.

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