NZ report on United Nations convention obligations
New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) acknowledges the government’s actions and progress in a number of areas to protect vulnerable children and meet United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) obligations. “However there should be a more visible and intentional effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children is a priority” said NZK Chief Executive, Clare Wells.
“Efforts to support vulnerable children and their families are a positive step,” said Clare Wells, “however, the government needs to address the root causes of vulnerability and disparity in health and education outcomes.”
The NZK submission on the Fifth periodic report to the UNCROC makes the following key points:
- the cross Ministerial group overseeing the implementation of UNCROC should develop a specific government plan in conjunction with citizens and stakeholders to implement UNCROC and monitor children in New Zealand in the context of UNCROC obligations.
- the quality of early childhood education services offered to all children and families should be improved and the funding provided to ensure quality provision is maintained.
- there should be better co-ordination and collaboration of health, education and social services for all children and whānau at the local level. There should be universal access to health and education - and policies, accountabilities, funding streams and goals of agencies working with children and whānau should be better aligned.
For 125 years, kindergarten has been committed to providing exceptional early childhood education (ECE) to children, families and communities. Employing 100% qualified, registered teachers, involving parents and whānau and making kindergarten affordable and accessible to all families have been the hallmarks of kindergarten since 1889. New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) represents twenty-six regional kindergarten associations operating over 430 kindergartens.
For more information, visit www.nzkindergarten.org.nz.
For further comment: Please contact NZK Chief Executive Clare Wells 0272 955 044