Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Budget good news for Kindergartens

Budget good news for Kindergartens

Attn -Education reporters

The increased funding for early childhood education announced in the Budget is good news according to Jeremy Neild, president of NZ Kindergartens.

"Investing in early childhood education is an investment in the future and I commend the government for that," Mr Neild said. "The government policy of 20 hours free for three and four year olds ensures more children have access to teacher-led services and Kindergartens are moving to extend the times they are open in order to better meet families' needs. The boost in funding rates makes sure they can do so without compromising on quality."

Mr Neild says research shows the benefits of quality early childhood education extend beyond the early years, meaning that supporting families and whanau to participate is a good investment.

"The kindergarten service stands on its commitment to quality early childhood education," Mr Neild said. "We have traditionally been the only service to have 100% qualified teachers. The budget increases in funding ensure we can continue to attract and retain teachers, and meet rising operational costs."

The Budget increased rates to sessional and all-day services, equity funding to services including those in isolated areas, where there are children with special needs, and in low-socio economic communities, and support for provisionally registered teachers.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>


NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland