Former Timaru church site to become an early childhood centre
Stuff - Al Williams - May 21, 2019

A $900,000 early childhood centre under construction in Douglas St, Timaru, is expected to be open in the new year. The site of the former St Joseph's Church was bought by Tauranga company Horizon Resources in April 2017 for $450,000. The company was granted a resource consent by the Timaru District Council...

Backyard Banter: Alternatives to childcare

OPINION: Last month I was shocked to read that the cost of childcare is now roughly the same as private school fees. After a study carried out by IbisWorld showed a big rise in the cost of raising children, Statistics NZ found that local childcare costs had risen by 34 per cent in the nine years to the end of 2017...

Most Kiwis believe vaccinations are safe, support sanctions on those who don't
Stuff - Amber-Leigh Woolf - May 19, 2019

Anti-vaxers are more likely to endorse conspiracy theories like NASA faking the moon landing and world governments hiding evidence of aliens. A large-scale New Zealand science survey found those who disagreed vaccines are safe also scored higher on a scale measuring "faith in intuition"...

Man who suffered gunshot wound dies after Otara shooting incident
Newshub - Jamie Ensor - May 17, 2019

One person has died from a gunshot wound following a shooting in Otara. Police were called to the scene of a serious incident on Piako Street in Auckland about 2:53 on Friday afternoon. Flat Bush Kindergarten was temporarily put into lockdown as a safety precaution...

Kindergarten teachers next to lobby Government for better work contracts
Stuff – Alice Angeloni – May 14, 2019

Kindergarten teachers have been holding union meetings across New Zealand as they prepare to lobby the Government for better work contracts. The collective employment agreement of kindergarten teachers comes to an end this month, with a new deal to be put before the Government...

Auckland measles outbreak: 51 confirmed cases
Stuff - Hannah Martin - May 13, 2019

Four more Aucklanders have been diagnosed with measles, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 51. Auckland Regional Public Health Service announced the new cases at 2pm on Monday. Schools and early childhood education centres have been urged to remain vigilant...

Residents unhappy about graffiti targeting Lovely Lotus Childcare Centre
Stuff - Kirsty Lawrence - May 13, 2019

A childcare centre in Palmerston North is being targeted by vandals who continue to scrawl brightly coloured and abusive graffiti on its front fence, and nearby residents are not happy about it. Police have confirmed they received a report of a childcare facility in Palmerston North being damaged...

Three day stay bill to give more choices for mums
Mirage News - May 12, 2019

The New Zealand National Party - A Member’s Bill which would give new mothers more support in the first days after giving birth will this week be put in the Ballot, MP for Taupō Louise Upston says. “The first few days after giving birth are some of the most important ..."

Pukekohe childcare investment property
NZ Herald - May 11, 2019

A new Pukekohe childcare centre, for sale as an investment property, has a 15-year lease to a proven operator. Colliers International is marketing 144 Kitchener Rd centre by deadline private treaty closing at 4pm on May 29, unless sold earlier. Agent Shoneet Chand sees an opportunity ...

Evolve named NZ's most trusted kindergarten centre operator
Voxy - May 9, 2019

Evolve Education Group has been named New Zealand’s most trusted kindergarten centre operator in the 2019 Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands awards. Results were officially announced yesterday during a special awards ceremony at Okahu on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive. The win is considered to be...

Regional focus for new immigration skill shortage lists
Stuff - Collette Devlin - May 8, 2019

Lees-Galloway said the changes were the first step in the Government's plan to streamline and regionalise the skills-based visa system. It required industries that benefited to invest in and provide opportunities for Kiwi workers, he said. The teacher shortage was addressed by the addition of...

Evolve Education launches equity raise; hires two brokers
Australian Financial Review - Sarah Thompson & Anthony Macdonald - May 8, 2019

Evolve Education, one of the largest childcare companies in New Zealand, has taken advantage of improving conditions in the early education sector to ask investors to hand over fresh equity capital. The dual-listed operator Evolve was in front of fund managers on Wednesday with a pro-rata accelerated rights offer...

Cost of kids expands to meet your household budget
Stuff - Susan Edmunds - May 7, 2019

In New Zealand, studies have suggested that a low-income family would spend $280 per week on two children or $480 on four. Higher-income earners would spend $700 a week on two kids or $1100 on four. A Plunket, BNZ and Massey University study in 2014 found that the average parent spent...

Physicians unveil comprehensive plan to address lagging child health and development in New Zealand
New Zealand Doctor - May 6, 2019

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has today launched a new policy blueprint for early child development and is calling on the New Zealand government to prioritise child health and wellbeing in the upcoming Budget. Launched at the College’s congress in Auckland...

The New York measles outbreak is uncomfortably close to home
Stuff - Danielle McLaughlin - May 5, 2019

District health boards in New Zealand reported to a Parliamentary health select committee in March that diseases once considered almost eradicated in New Zealand are again showing up in kids. Kiwi parents are declining to have their children immunised, and anti-vaxxers are to blame...