Delight at Extra Funding for Early Childhood Education

Young children will benefit from the latest Government announcement to restore 100% funding to early childhood education services with fully qualified staff.

“We’re thrilled that the Government acknowledges the importance of trained teachers for our tamariki. This truly is an investment in our future.” said Norma Roberts, General Manager of Hutt City Kindergartens.

The increased funding will help the Hutt City Kindergarten Association, a not-for-profit organisation, be in a stronger financial position.

“This news is hugely significant as we have continued to support a 100% qualified teacher workforce while only receiving funding of 80%.”

 “Our focus has always been to provide the very best education for 2-5 year olds by employing fully qualified teachers. The 100% funding will enable us to further invest in our teachers, resources and buildings. It gives us certainty for the future.” says Norma.

The teaching community have viewed the announcement as appreciation for the important role they play in the lives of children.

“This is a welcome boost and great recognition for our staff who have worked so hard to support our tamariki and community during the lockdown.”

Hutt City Kindergartens is a member of New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) who have been lobbying the Government to reinstate the funding as it was one of their collation agreement promises. The reinstatement is one of the key deliverables of the Early Learning Action Plan and NZK took an active role in working with the Ministry of Education and others across the sector to develop.

“We are delighted with the announcement and congratulate the Government on their decision.”

For more information please call Norma Roberts, General Manager of Professional Services of Hutt City Kindergartens on 027 449 2955.