Parliament

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

 

Waitakere, Northland to benefit from ECE boost

Waitakere and Northland first to benefit from $91.8 million ECE boost

Education Minister Anne Tolley has announced that Waitakere and Northland will be the first two areas to benefit from a funding boost of $91.8 million to increase participation in early childhood education.

“We want all young New Zealanders to get the best possible start in life, and currently too many Maori and Pasifika children, and children from lower socio-economic backgrounds are missing out,” says Mrs Tolley.

“Taxpayer investment in this area has trebled in the last five years to $1.3 billion, while participation has increased by less than one per cent. That’s why the Government is focused on increasing opportunities for the children who are most likely to benefit from ECE, but are the least likely to take part.

“The $91.8 million made available in Budget 2010 will see an extra 3500 children gain access to ECE in areas of the highest need.

“This includes five intensive community-led projects, starting in Waitakere and Northland in October 2010, with three other areas to be announced next year.”

In some parts of Waitakere, 25 per cent of Pasifika children and one in five Maori children are missing out on ECE, while in some Northland areas a quarter of Maori children arrive at school without early childhood education. The average participation rate across the whole of New Zealand is 95 per cent.

The new programmes in Waitakere and Northland will build on the experience of the Counties Manukau participation project, which has placed hundreds of extra children into new, quality ECE services. It involves building new services and funding supported playgroups, street side playgroups and play days in local communities, to attract families into ECE.

“It’s important that local people drive the solutions, and the Ministry will begin work with community groups to establish the reasons for low participation, and the best approach to reach these families,” says Mrs Tolley.

“In addition to these intensive projects, the funding boost will be invested in supported playgroups, home-based ECE initiatives, language and culture projects for ECE providers, and targeted support for priority families. We will be announcing more details in the coming months.

“Government is committed to early childhood education, and we are ensuring our approach is flexible enough to benefit all of our young children.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How Women Are Suffering The Most From The Covid Economic Recession

Both here and abroad, the Covid-19 economic recession has been disastrous for women workers and their families. In November, young women below 30 in particular were feeling the consequences:

Of concern is the sustained deterioration in youth employment, particularly for females, with a -4.3% pa drop in filled jobs for females aged below 30, and a 3.9%pa drop for males aged below 30....More>>

 

New Zealand Government: Cook Islanders To Resume Travel To New Zealand

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such ... More>>

ALSO:

A New Year: No politicians at Rātana in 2021

Annual celebrations at Rātana pā will be different this year, amid a decision to hold an internal hui for church adherents only… More>>

ALSO:

Covid: Border Exception for 1000 International Students

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began....More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels