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


“Please Explain” Over Drastic Budget Cuts

Early Childhood Teachers Issue “Please Explain” Over Drastic Budget Cuts

Early childhood teachers are demanding a “please explain” from the government as the reality and scale of yesterday’s Budget cuts sink in.

The government is slashing $400 million out of the early childhood budget over the next four years - $295 million of which will come directly from the budgets of early childhood centres and services. The money will be taken away from services which employ between 80-100% fully qualified and registered teachers.

The cuts will affect funding for 2000 services and affect 93,000 children. The union representing early childhood teachers NZEI Te Riu Roa says any incentive for early childhood services to strive for quality by employing qualified and registered staff has been removed.

“Early childhood education has taken one of the biggest hits in the Budget and the realisation of how drastic the cuts are and what they will mean is just starting to sink in,” says NZEI Vice President Judith Nowotarski.

“In the end families and children will be the losers – whether it be through lack of quality, increased fees or the burden of having to fundraise to make up for a budget shortfall”.

“We will be putting pressure on the government to sit down and explain to the sector and to parents why it is punishing those services which are trying to provide quality education,” says Mrs Nowotarski.

NZEI believes the attack on early childhood education also sends some very mixed messages. The government is introducing National Standards in schools saying it is concerned with raising student achievement. However the cuts to ECE go against clear evidence that children who receive quality ECE have improved outcomes at school.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: Reclaiming The N-Word - Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman

Black resistance to institutional racism in the US has a long, tangled, and traumatic intellectual history. Although we may have assumed much too easily that white supremacists like David Duke had become marginalised as a political force, in reality they never really disappeared ... More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Minstrel in The Gallery - Sam Hunt's Selected Poems

Perhaps the most striking aspect of Sam Hunt's poetry is its quality of urgent authenticity. Encountering this latest compilation, the reader is immediately struck by its easy accessibility, tonal sincerity, and lack of linguistic pretension ... More>>

A Matter Of Fact: Truth In A Post-Truth World

How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation? And conversely, how do we challenge our own pre-conceived notions of what we believe to be true? More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: The Road To Unfreedom

Valerie Morse: Yale professor of history Tim Snyder publishes a stunning account of the mechanisms of contemporary Russian power in US and European politics. In telling this story he presents both startling alarms for our own society and some mechanisms of resistance. More>>


Doing Our Bit: An Insider's Account Of New Zealand Political Campaigning

In 2013, Murdoch Stephens began a campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota. Over the next five years he built the campaign into a mainstream national movement – one that contributed to the first growth in New Zealand’s refugee quota in thirty years. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland