Rant or rave – your say

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Not the Full Pic­ture

In re­gards to the ar­ti­cle ‘‘Kindies suf­fer Drop in Qual­ity’’ ( Mir­ror, Au­gust 20) by Aimee Wilson, why is the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor so of­ten the tar­get of bi­ased re­port­ing?

The quotes se­lected from a num­ber of ERO re­ports have been used to support an overly neg­a­tive view.

The re­porter fails to in­clude pos­i­tive re­marks, such as the ‘‘pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships be­tween teach­ers and chil­dren’’ in day-to­day prac­tice and that ‘‘chil­dren ben­e­fit from a va­ri­ety of di­verse and rich ex­pe­ri­ences teach­ers pro­vide’’.

While it may be true that some cen­tres need im­prove­ment in some ar­eas, they may also be ex­celling in other ar­eas.

As a mother of three, with two cur­rently at­tend­ing Frank­ton Kinder­garten, I am happy with the early child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences they are re­ceiv­ing. This is a kinder­garten my chil­dren en­joy, with car­ing and qual­i­fied teach­ers.

I chal­lenge par­ents to read their in­di­vid­ual kinder­garten’s ERO reviews and judge the level of qual­ity for them­selves.

You know when your chil­dren are happy and mak­ing progress.

Ni­cole Lowrey Queen­stown

Heavy weight: The prize for heav­i­est red deer went to Scott Cooper, of Wanaka, with this stag he got near the Lindis Pass weigh­ing in at 104kg.

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