Early childhood education faces yet another funding squeeze in 2016

Kindergartens and early childhood education services face an even bigger battle to maintain quality teaching and learning following the Budget announcement that there will be no increase in funding.
This is the fifth year in a row that funding for early childhood education has effectively been frozen, said NZEI National President Louise Green.
“This year funding will not even keep up with increased costs that kindergartens and ECE services face.  Quality early childhood education is vital for children, especially those from vulnerable backgrounds, so once again, the government’s actions do not match its rhetoric.”
The $397-m increase in the 2016 ECE Budget only allows for extra places to keep up with roll growth.
Similar concerns about the impacts of the 2016 Budget were raised by Te Rito Maioha, New Zealand Kindergartens Inc., the Early Childhood Council and Auckland Kindergarten Association.

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