Early childhood services in geographical areas of high economic deprivation have reported to ChildForum that the Ministry of Education's frequent absence rule makes it financially perilous to keep children who are not regular attenders and find ways to meet their needs.
The rule acts as a disincentive to provide ECE for children who are most vulnerable to poor education and health outcomes. On the other hand it is generally agreed that ECE services should not receive taxpayer money for ECE that they do not provide. A possible solution to the dilemma would be to excuse ECE services from the frequent absence rule. Read more...
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