Centres will be easier to compare says Tolley

Early childhood centres would be lined up against each other online for parents to compare performance, new National Party policy states.

Education Minister Anne Tolley today announced the Government’s initial response to a wide-reaching early childhood education (ECE) task force report carried out this year.

Tolley said National would review the 15 year-old ECE curriculum, develop new policies for under two year olds and set up a new funding system.

She guaranteed continued universal access to 20 hours ECE and a freeze on any changes to Kohanga Reo without consultation with its Trust Board.

National would also set up ”web-based tools” to help parents choose an ECE centre.

”Parents told us they want to know their children are being educated and cared for in a high-quality environment,” Tolley said.

”They want stronger action where services are poor quality, and they want more information and accountability.”

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