NZ Herald Jul 7, 2011
New Zealanders are overwhelmingly against pushing sole parents back to work before their children go to school, a Herald-DigiPoll survey has found. The poll found only 10 per cent support for a proposal by the Government’s welfare working group that sole parents should look for part-time work when their youngest children turn 3 – the age at which they become eligible for 20 hours a week of “free” childcare. The vast majority believe sole parents should have to look for work only when their youngest children turn either 5 (32 per cent), when they can start school, or 6 (54 per cent). The Government changed the law last year to make sole parents look for part-time work when their youngest child turns 6.