Busting at the seams: Triple childcare trouble

Herald on Sunday Mar 13, 2011
Early Childhood centres will be allowed to triple the number of children they are licensed to care for – from 50 to 150. The controversial change has sparked fears of “child farms” from care workers. The NZ Educational Institute – the union representing childcare workers – said the move was “abhorrent” and not in the interests of New Zealand’s most vulnerable citizens, its children. The new regulations allow up to 75 children aged under 2, instead of the existing 25. This could “freak out” the toddlers, said NZEI national executive member Hayley Whitaker.