Today is the day the Government’s $400 million in cuts to quality early childhood education (ECE) come into effect. Surveyed providers across Otago are losing on average $48,500 each. They are being forced to raise fees or cut services. 20 hours free quality ECE is no more.
Those most likely to miss out are the kids who need it the most.
It’s a funding cut that will increase inequality in NZ. Wealthy neighbourhoods will have 100% qualified staff because they can afford to pay more and others will have reduced quality or withdraw their children from these providers because they can’t afford it. Those children will be behind the others for the rest of their lives.
Sadly, the Government is refusing to rule out more cuts.
Enough of this short-termism. We need an ‘investment’ culture.