Big queues to get into preschools

The Press 08/09/2009

Mothers returning to work are fuelling a surge in preschool waiting lists, with some centres booked up to almost four times their capacity. The issue has reignited calls to extend paid parental leave. Figures released yesterday by the Ministry of Education show an extra 23,026 children including 15,872 under the age of three have joined early-childhood centres in the past eight years. Two-thirds of centres have waiting lists and the wait is more than six months at almost a third (28 per cent) of those catering to children aged three and four well up from 11.9 per cent in 2002 and 17.3 per cent in 2006.
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