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An education taskforce has proposed to reduce Playcentre funding by nearly 70 percent. It is a recommendation that has many parents up in arms and could mean the end of one of New Zealand’s oldest models. Karori Playcentre in Wellington was the first, set up by mums who believed group play would enhance their children’s social development.It was a model so successful that it was adopted internationally. Now, there are 450 centres with more than 16,000 kids. For the past few months an education taskforce has been reprioritising early childhood education and Playcentre along with Kohanga Reo and other parent-led centres are not recommended by the taskforce as a priority. In fact, the taskforce wants to reduce their Government funding by nearly 70 percent. Shut out in the cold is how Playcentres across the country are feeling. They have one week left to make submissions to the taskforce’s recommendations.
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