ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationThe lead public advisor on early childcare and education

National organisation for the ECE sector

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Every Child should have a Right to a Free Kindergarten Public Education

Our Position on Children's Right to Access Public Pre-school

Access to public education is the right of every child of school age in NZ.  We believe that this right should be extended to all children in the year before starting school for up to 15 hours a week (5 mornings or afternoons weekly). 

NZ Free Kindergarten Associations were originally set up to provide for this.  However many associations, for whatever reasons, now operate like private ECE providers and compete in the childcare market.  

Title Created Date
What’s changed for Auckland children, teachers and kindergartens 30 July 2018
Free kindergartens claimed back by the people: Evening vigil outside the AGM of the Auckland Kindergarten Association 30 November 2017
Kindy head resignation just the start 13 November 2017
Serious outcomes of kindergarten changes for children 09 November 2017
Digging its own hole deeper - the Auckland Kindergarten Association ongoing story 29 October 2017
Democracy missing – the troubling state of management and relationships at the Auckland Kindergarten Association 04 October 2017
Heroes or Dictators – a Charitable Community Board, its chief executive and standard of consultation on changing a publicly revered early childhood education service 08 August 2017
Open letter on Kindergarten Changes 17 May 2017
Kindergarten under threat 04 May 2017
Where have all the sessional kindergartens and childcare centres gone? 10 November 2014
Childcare and kindergarten employment practices - ERO Report 10 May 2014
High Public Satisfaction with Kindergartens 08 December 2012
Children Attending Two Kindergartens is Okay by Kindergarten Assn Rules 15 August 2012
Kindergartens to get More Funding than other Community-Based Services 20 May 2011
Kindergarten Assn to make Staff Redundant Ahead of Govt Funding Cut 25 October 2010
Kindergartens Change from Sessional Preschool to All-day Licences 30 June 2010
Kindergarten Committees dismissed - Auckland Kindergarten Chief Executive takes power and money from kindergartens 25 August 2007
Auckland Kindergarten Association Should be Treated by Government Differently says AKA Vice President 06 May 1997

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