Child care at parenting unit vital say MPs
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.