Media Release – New Zealand Playcentre Federation
10 November 2008
Playcentre congratulates National on their election win
The New Zealand Playcentre Federation congratulates the National Party on its win in the general election this weekend.
Playcentre now looks forward to working constructively with the new government to strengthen the provision of education
services for New Zealand pre-schoolers and their families.
“National has recognised the importance of parents as first teachers of their children by saying they will include
Playcentre in their 20 hours ECE policy”, said Playcentre President, Marion Pilkington.
“We appreciate the fact that National is committed to supporting the high quality education which Playcentre provides
for over 15,000 children and their families in nearly 500 centres nationwide.
Recent research conducted by the Playcentre Federation showed that, while parent volunteers were very happy to work with
children on session in their Playcentres, the amount of volunteer time required for management, maintenance and
fund-raising was exhausting. This red-tape and compliance was taking an average of 2000 volunteer hours per centre
outside of session time each year. The report recommended that funding be increased to allow centres to pay for these
“Playcentre has been supporting families to educate their children for over 60 years, and we look forward to working
with the new Minister, whoever that might be, to strengthen our provision for the next generation of New Zealand
families,” said Mrs Pilkington.