National reveals plan to revamp pre-schools

Parents will be able to go online to see the merits of early childhood centres under proposed National Party changes.

Education Minister Anne Tolley yesterday announced the Government’s initial response to an early childhood education (ECE) task force report done this year.

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

She guaranteed continued universal access to 20-hours ECE. National would also set up “web-based tools” to help parents choose an ECE centre.

When the task force report was released, fears were raised in the ECE sector about the potential for “league tables” to be set up ranking centres. The ECE task force proposed “mandatory performance reporting”, but Mrs Tolley said then that recommendation was “not about league tables”.

Labour’s education spokeswoman Sue Moroney said National’s response to the task force report was incomplete, and the future of 20-hour ECE remained uncertain.

Source: The Dominion Post

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