Economic Benefits of Early EducationSome of New Zealand’s leading economists, social commentators and early childhood educators will address a forum on the economic benefits of early childhood education on Friday in Wellington.
The forum has been organised by the Early Education Federation, which represents around 20 national organisations, including kindergarten, playcentre, home-based services, education and care centres and early childhood education training organisations.
Forum organiser Helen Baxter said recent attacks on early childhood education funding meant the forum is both timely and necessary, as this week budget funding cuts begin to take effect on early childhood education services.
“The sector is concerned at cuts to early childhood education, and signals that there may be further cuts to come,” said Helen Baxter. “This forum will look at the economics of early childhood education and the value of investing in our children to the children, their families and the wider community.”
New Zealand Kindergartens chief executive Clare Wells said the economic benefits of investment in quality early education must not be underestimated. “There is evidence of returns in terms of educational achievement, health, social adjustment, workforce participation, and reduced crime rates, she said. “This forum is the opportunity to hear from the experts how those benefits can be quantified.”
Early Education Federation National Forum
Friday 5 November, Mercure Hotel, Willis Street, Wellington
Speakers include economists Suzanne Snively and Prue Hyman, social commentators Charles Waldegrave and Campbell Roberts and a range of early childhood educators.
For comment contact: Helen Baxter (04) 934 8516 or Clare Wells (04) 495 3744 or 0272955044
Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/New Zealand Childcare Association, NZEI Te Riu Roa, NZ Kindergartens, NZ Playcentre Federation, NZ Home-based Early Childhood Education Association, Montessori Association of NZ, National Association of ECE Directors-Colleges of Education/Universities, Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu, The Correspondence School, Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education OMEP Aotearoa/NZ, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, NZ Hospital Play Specialists Association, Barnardos NZ, EC Leadership; Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of NZ, Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in NZ, Early Intervention Association of NZ/Aotearoa; NZ/Aotearoa, Nga Whare Whariki Kohungahunga – ECL Te Wananga o Aotearoa