Update 22 May 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa

This photo shows Hunterville Playcentre president Anastasia Perano – her turn today to front up to TVNZ reporter Kate Nicol-Williams. Kate also visited Shannon Playcentre and spoke to treasurer Sarah Burgess.   Kate tells us she’s hoping the story will run on the 6pm News tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, Playcentre whānau and friends have been getting behind the Save Playcentre petition and open letter to Education Minister Chris Hipkins.  Just over 24 hours since the petition was launched, it has gathered more than 7,500 signatures.  If you haven’t signed, here’s the link.

Playcentre’s CFO, Marina Cook, has been crunching some numbers today and I found the following statistics particularly interesting:

Based on the MOE funding and numbers in the ECE census – our children received an annual funding boost of $81.58 per child, the average over all services was $751.55 per child per year

That means Playcentre children only received 10.8% of what other non-Playcentre children received.

And having identified the most up-to-date Census data, Playcentre represents just under 5% of the ECE population (4.8%)

Our funding was however only 0.5% once the further $278m announced this week was taken into account bringing total ECE funding increase to $598m.

While we’ve been fretting over funding and working on publicity, it’s been so heartening to see so many of our Playcentres back up and running this week. Here’s a special montage compiled by our Project Lead Claire Gullidge – a terrific display of the best of Playcentre. Again, thanks so much to everyone for your hard work, your wonderful enthusiasm and your steadfast commitment.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley