Thank you all for entering the competition.
The 1st place winner of a $100.00 book/stationary voucher is Hugo van Stratum for his guess of increased spending for greater child participation.
There is no 2nd place winner.
The Budget announcement was:
"Early childhood education providers will receive an additional $386 million of operating funding over the next four years. This will provide a further 31,000 early learning places over the next four years, as well as $35.5 million targeted toward supporting children most at risk of under achievement." (Education Minister Nikki Kaye, beehive press release 25 May 2017). Learn what this will mean for children and for the sector by going to a news article here.
Have some fun, tell us what you wish for or make a guess, get it right and be in the draw to win Whitcoulls and New World vouchers. Entering is easy peasey.
Last year the main budget item was allocation of more money to meet the cost of larger numbers of children attending ECE for more hours. This year there have so far been just two pre-Budget announcements for ECE:
- $6 MILLION over four years to upskill up to 1,920 ECE teachers in lower socio-economic areas, to help them know how to teach 3 and 4 year old children showing difficulties with the building blocks of literacy, such as letter and word awareness and listening comprehension. And more specialised support for around 7,600 children with the highest needs
- The Education Council of NZ (ECANZ) is being given $2 million to create an induction and mentoring programme for 700 eligible provisionally certified school and ECE teachers to gain full registration. The eligibility for early childhood teachers is as follows: Provisional certification is due to, or has recently, expired, and the teacher is Auckland or in a rural area. Plus, as the Teacher Education Refresher course is expensive for teachers who have not completed certification within 6 years of gaining their qualification. The Government will now require the Education Council to go out to tender for the provision of the refresher course with the aim of reducing the cost to teachers. Currently the Education Council states that early childhood teachers must enrol in the 16 week part-time $3,500 TER course provided by Te Rito Maioha ECNZ (fee does not include additional accommodation and travel costs to block course locations at Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch)
Tell us what you wish for - or what you guess Government might announce on Budget Day in the Budget for ECE (which may be 'nothing' else at all???)
Add a comment below telling us what your wish or guess.
One guess or wish per comment only (e.g. "funding to improve ratios for under-2s"; but if you add a second one in the same comment it won't count). To add another guess/wish for the prize draw, add another comment.
1st prize: $100.00 Whitcoulls voucher
2nd prize: $50.00 New World voucher
The names of all who have correctly guessed something that is in the Budget for ECE will be put in a hat and randomly drawn for 1st and 2nd place prizes.
The winners will be announced on this page and on ChildForum's Facebook page, and need to contact ChildForum with their postal address within 30 days to receive their prize via postal mail/ courier.
Thank you so much to Lena Thomson and NZ Childcare Finance for donating these prizes.
(NZ Childcare Finance offers short-term loans to ECE services helping ease and smooth cash-flow by bringing forward the next bulk funding payment.) Click here to read more about NZ Childcare Finance and contact details.