A West Auckland Whanau Ora worker has told Waatea 603AM that too many Maori parents don’t appreciate the benefits of early childcare education.
Vivian Cope said the Ministry of Education has identified a problem with the low number of three and four year’s olds from poor families enrolling in centres.
She says Te Whanau o Waipareira has found obstacles include the cost of daycare, whanau needing help with transport, and most importantly, the attitude of parents.
She says skipping pre-school can cause problems down the track.
“What it comes down to is when they start school at 5 years old and they have no social skills, so the requirement is to get them into ECE ASAP, just trying to make our parents aware they need those social skills,” Ms Cope says.