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|News for Early Childhood Education|
Consumer Price Index figures for the June 2012 quarter show quite a slow down in the rate of increase in the cost of ECE from a year ago.
The rate of increase from one year ago was 4%. This is less than a year earlier when ECE costs to users were up 11.7%.
The graph above shows that while costs are creeping up, it is likely to take perhaps 5 to 7 years at the current rate before we see costs at the same level as before the implementation of the 20-Hours Free ECE policy in 2007 - that is unless government reduces ECE subsidies which would likely have the effect of speeding up the rate of increase.
Since the December 2007 quarter the cost of ECE to users (families) has risen by 23%.
Blog on Government plans to change the ECE funding system in NZ, click here
Ideas for Improving ECE and childcare funding, click here.
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