Labour’s childcare policy starts at birth

Otago Daily Times 17 Oct 2010
Labour’s new childcare policy starts at birth, when every newborn would be enrolled with a Well-Child provider. The aim is to ensure babies at risk are identified early so that support can be provided to parents or caregivers as long as it is required. Labour’s deputy leader, Annette King, is driving the new policy and told the party’s annual conference at the weekend there would be legislation enacted to set out long-term commitments to improve the health and wellbeing of children. “There will be recognition that caring for young children in families is work, and is a valuable contribution,” she said. “Those taking time out to care should not be harshly penalised. Labour recognises that some parents need, or want, to work. We will be announcing significant policy enabling work and care choices for parents with children up to two years old.”