Child Forum supports Govt changes to early childhood sector

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Wed, 22 Aug 2018, 8:01AM
The changes were first proposed in 2013 under the National Government. (Photo / Getty)

Child Forum supports Govt changes to early childhood sector

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Aug 2018, 8:01AM

It could be second time lucky for in-home early childhood education providers.

Child Forum is getting behind the Government's proposed changes to the sector, including a requirement for all educators to have a tertiary qualification, a proposal that was first suggested back in 2013.

Chief Executive Sarah Alexander is confident the benefits of proposed home-based early childhood education requirements, outweigh the negatives.

She told Kate Hawkesby it will transform home-based care into a career.

"One of the changes that the ministry's proposing is that agencies actually take on these people as employees and provide some decent working conditions."

Alexander told Kate Hawkesby while it won't happen overnight, she hopes they won't have to wait another five years to see it implemented.

"There was a little bit more confidence this time around that something might happen. The Ministry of Education is looking at the very same thing from 213. That could be the argument. Probably a lack of funds, there's a change of Government."

LISTEN TO SARAH ALEXANDER TALK WITH KATE HAWKESBY ABOVE