Parents around the country are counting down the days until school starts for the year – but for some the NZHerald had some alarming news, stating “cuts in government funding [from MSD]could force 24 after-school care programmes run by Kidicorp to close….The after-school School’s Out programmes run in Auckland, Taupo, Rotorua, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay and around 400 children attend.’
So what can we expect from our National government? Well you might expect to say “let’s leave well enough alone, but I think insight can be gain from Paula Bennett. Last year she stated that it is her intention to” make sure the Ministry of Social Development is focused ….[on] those families stuck in long-term poverty. I don’t underestimate the challenges associated with this, but I intend to make it a priority.” Given that pre and post school care is one of the biggest challenges facing working parents I look forward to seeing her adopt her proactive approach to its resolution.