Critics hit out at ‘child farms’

Herald on Sunday Jun 26, 2011
Childcare centre operators are rushing to open so-called “megacentres” containing up to 150 children. A regulation coming into force this week allows childcare centres to triple in size. Even before the July 1 change, three companies have signalled to the Education Ministry they’re keen to boost their centre sizes three-fold. But critics are dubbing the big centres “child farms”, as a survey finds 9 out of 10 parents and teachers oppose them. The Education Ministry will allow centres to increase their rolls from 50 to 150, including 75 children aged under 2 years.