Govt funding under threat
Seven playcentres within a 20km radius of Matamata are facing potential closure following an Early Childhood Education Taskforce report which suggests playcentre funding is cut by as much as 70 per cent.
Matamata Playcentre president Kerry Isabeth said at present playcentres in the Matamata area ‘‘get by’’ with the funding they are allocated annually but to take a further 70 per cent cut would be unsurvivable, even for a larger playcentre like Matamata.
She was close to tears when spoken to by the Matamata Chronicle.
‘‘There is no rhyme or reason for this decision,’’ she said.
‘‘ This is another David Goliath situation.’’
Ms Isabeth believes it is once again rural families who will take the harder hit.
This was a tragedy not only for the children who attended playcentre but also for the mums.
‘‘ I’ve formed some great friendships through playcentre, in an environment such as this you are there to support one another,’’ she said
Playcentres around the country are facing funding cuts so severe that the New Zealand Playcentre
and Federation expects that 460 of the 489 centres will close.
Minister of Education Anne Tolley has come out in protest and said this is just scaremongering on behalf of the Labour Party.
The Early Childhood Education Taskforce is an independent entity and was commissioned by the government to complete the report, Ms Tolley said.
She is encouraging people to have a say. If you want to email your concerns to the minister do so at email@example.com