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Eight Organisations Join Call for Improved Funding
Eight early childhood education organisations have supported a call by New Zealand Kindergartens, Te Rito Maioha and NZEI Te Riu Roa to end the funding freeze for early childhood services.
The eight organisations include the Playcentre Federation, the Homebased ECE Association, Montessori Aotearoa, The Christian ECE Association, Hospital Play Specialists, ECE Directors in Universities, Ngā Puna Whakatupu o Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the Bethlehem Institute.
In a release the group calls for fairer funding for all early childhood services so that families have choices and so all young children have the benefits that only come from high quality early education.
Long Term Benefits of ECE
A long running Christchurch study has found that the benefits of early childhood education are still evident when people reach the age of thirty.
The report for the Ministry of Education shows that children who attended early childhood education went on to achieve more qualifications, which gave them better jobs and life outcomes.
Children who attended for more hours each week, or for more years before school, also did better at school and in tertiary education - however the children in the study generally attended for less than 20 hours per week.
The study found that children from all economic backgrounds benefited equally from early childhood education. The study did not look at the quality of early childhood education, but most of the children attended kindergarten or Playcentre. Private ECE services were not such a common option when the study began in 1977.
The full report is available here.
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