Child care at par­ent­ing unit vi­tal say MPs

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Op­po­si­tion MPs have thrown their sup­port be­hind Toko­roa’s pro­posed teen par­ent­ing unit.

Labour MP Sue Moroney was in Toko­roa on Thurs­day to at­tend a South Waikato Grey Power meet­ing and take part in the White Rib­bon Day ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fel­low Labour MP Trevor Mal­lard was in Toko­roa on Fri­day to meet sup­port­ers of the unit.

Mrs Moroney told the meet­ing she was sur­prised by as­pects of an ar­ti­cle on the unit in last week’s South Waikato News.

The po­ten­tial for the unit to be es­tab­lished with­out an at­tached early child care cen­tre has con­fused Mrs Moroney.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing Mrs Moroney said she was part of the Labour Govern­ment which es­tab­lished teen par­ent units and hav­ing child care fa­cil­i­ties on site was es­sen­tial to the unit’s suc­cess.

‘‘It doesn’t make sense with­out a child care cen­tre,’’ she said.

Mrs Moroney be­lieved fewer women would en­rol with the unit with­out child care fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘It’s a sec­ond chance at ed­u­ca­tion for these young women. If they don’t get that op­por­tu­nity not only will they have fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties in life but their chil­dren will as well.’’

De­lays in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­prov­ing fund­ing for the unit have frus­trated sup­port­ers.

Mrs Moroney said she would lobby the Govern­ment to ap­prove fund­ing for the teen par­ent­ing unit in­clud­ing child care fa­cil­i­ties.

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