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Dawn To Dusk Childcare Short-Changes Children

Dawn To Dusk Childcare Short-Changes Children

Christian Heritage NZ believes the plans for “dawn to dusk” childcare being promoted by the Government will sacrifice children on the altar of economic growth. CHNZ leader Ewen McQueen said it was tragic that the Government was looking to support such schemes simply to encourage more mothers to work and lift New Zealand’s GDP a few notches higher in the OECD economic rankings. He said

“ It is a very distorted value system that is willing to leave children in childcare for such long hours, simply to add a few more dollars to the national income. Once again our children will be short-changed by the most anti-family Government we have ever had.”

McQueen went on to say that the dawn to dusk childcare proposal was contradictory to the Government’s stated desire to improve work/life balance. He stated,

“ If the Government is genuinely concerned about work/life balance it would be looking at ways for families to have more time together – not less. Providing some support to those who sacrifice one income to care for their own children at home would be more consistent with this.”

McQueen said CHNZ was looking at options for doing this and expected to announce a package of truly family friendly policies shortly.

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