Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


More children in early childhood education

4 February 2004 Media Statement

More children in early childhood education

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced extra funding to create new kindergartens and more places for young children in early childhood education centres around the country.

"I am putting an extra $2.8 million into this area in line with our government's goal of increasing the number of children taking part in early childhood education. Our government is intent on creating opportunity for all New Zealanders, regardless of their background. It's essential our very youngest New Zealanders get the right start to life, and learning.

"This funding will create an extra 179 new places for children in licensed and chartered early childhood education centres over the next year. The funding will also ensure the retention of 85 places in existing centres which would otherwise be forced to close.

"Also, two new kindergartens in areas of high population growth will be funded using capital grants - one in Richmond, Nelson, and the other at Silverdale, in Auckland, both providing 90 places a day each.

"We know that quality early childhood education makes a significant difference to the way children develop and achieve later in their lives. Research also shows that access to quality early childhood education has the greatest benefits for children who are the least likely to participate, including those from low socio-economic, rural, Maori or Pasifika communities.

"The Discretionary Grants Scheme, which is used to fund most of these extra places, is particularly targeted to these groups."

Today's announcement follows grants made to 72 groups in December. Each year, the Discretionary Grants Scheme provides annual capital assistance of $8.8 million to community based early childhood centres.

Trevor Mallard announced the extra money for early childhood education during a visit to Ngaio Kohanga Reo in Wellington. The kohanga received $112,590 in this funding allocation to extend and renovate their current building, creating 11 extra places for their tamariki.

A list of the early childhood education centres and kohanga reo is attached.

Electorate Name of Centre Project Child places Funding
Manukau East Sathya Sai Extension 12 $173,250.00
Northland Titoki Playcentre New Bldg 5 $213,000.00
Piako Waitoa Playcentre Relocation Retention 25 $86,980.00
Hamilton West YMCA Preschool Extension 8 $42,000.00
Wellington Central Mt Cook Preschool Extension 3 $57,070.00
Hutt South Dyer Street Childcare Centre Extension 10 $267,030.00
Wairarapa Masterton Christian Childcare Centre Planning Grant Retention 30 $15,000.00
Clutha Southland Goldfields Educare New Bldg Retention 30 $221,340.00
Tainui Manuwera TKR Manuwera New Building 12 $268,400.00
Te Tai Tokerau Raumanga TKR Whangarei Extension 11 $250,900.00
Te Tai Tokerau Matauri TKR Northalnd Extension 2 $174,300.00
Waiariki Tarimano TKR Rotorua New Building 15 $191,850.00
Te Tai Tonga Ngaio TKR Ohariu-Belmont Extension 11 $118,220.00
Rodney Silverdale Kindergarten New kindergarten 45 (90 per day) $503,040.00
Nelson New Richmond Kindergarten New kindergarten 45 (90 per day) $283,460.00

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news