Waiheke Marketplace : February 16th 2011
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 NEWS Open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday 18th, 19th and 20th February, 10am to 2pm Waiheke Retirement Village is right on the water's edge at Anzac Bay. The village offers an independent retirement lifestyle with a range of top quality facilities within a relaxed and supportive community environment. You can experience coastal retirement living for yourself by visiting an open day this Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 2pm. We can give you a tour of the village and show you a selection of spacious and affordable villas priced from just $320,000. energi _11610A FEB CLUB HOUSE LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM • INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL • SPA POOL • BILLIARDS • LIBRARY • PETANQUE TERRAIN • HAIRDRESSING SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM • COURTESY COACH • WORKSHOP Experience coastal retirement living for yourself this weekend 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay, Ostend. 09 372 2820 www.waihekeretirementvillage.co.nz More protests against childcare cuts Uncertain futures: Fully qualified early childhood teachers at Waiheke Community Childcare. From left: Shelly York, Sue Rutter, Nate and Joe Mansfield, 2, and Kirsten Bowden. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Protests against govern- ment policy on childcare funding are set to con- tinue as local childcare centres struggle to cover the cost of fully qualified teachers and running costs. On February 26, a con- tingent of local parents, children and childcare workers will join a protest march up Queen St to Albert Park to call for the reinstatement of funding cuts for childcare institutions which began on Febru- ary 2. Early childhood centre Beginnings is set to put its fees up on February 28.Owner Robyn Martin says the centre is due to lose $45,000 annually as a result of recent funding cuts. It has had to replace a qualified teacher with an unqualified teacher to reduce costs, but still has to pass some of the increased costs onto parents, she says. Fee increases could be up to $20 per week per child. One mother whose daughter attends Beginnings three days a week says she is con- sidering cutting down to two days a week because she can t afford it. Waiheke Community Childcare manager Ute Hoffman says her centre is also due to lose $45,000 funding a year. We raised our fees in September last year by 10 to 15 percent to pre- pare for this and will be reviewing our fees again this September. About 150 local famil- ies use island childcare centres and the kinder- garten. Ms Hoffman says: Families are already struggling in the econ- omic climate and fee rises will just hurt them more. Waiheke Community Childcare Centre has put some measures in place to reduce costs. These include fundraising, cut- ting down on profes- sional learning, using unqualified relievers, and cutting down on teachers non-contact time and planning time. The centre is also reduc- ing course attendance in the city to avoid travel costs, and using no cover for sick staff or annual leave where at all poss- ible, Ms Hoffman says. The New Zealand Edu- cation Institute has launched a petition call- ing for the reversal of the cuts to early childhood education funding, which is available to sign at island centres. Institute lead organ- iser Chris Walker says the key issue is quality of education. The government s cuts affect only the centres with the highest levels of qualified teachers. Also facing dire consequences are a num- ber of early childhood teachers who now face very uncertain futures, he says. Waiheke Community Childcare teacher Tanya Marshall-Smith is one such teacher. She says: I have been working toward my early childhood education qualifications for three years, as Labour said we all had to be fully quali- fied by 2012. Now Ms Marshall- Smith says is unable to find full-time employ- ment, and untrained staff are being employed before her due to lack of funding. But MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye says the changes of funding will leave the majority of centres unaffected. There is no evidence that having 100 percent qualified teachers is necessary to achieve quality outcomes. Non-registered teachers add valuable skills and often have extensive experience caring for youngsters. Play centres and Kohanga are good examples of this. Ms Kaye also says National is spending more than any other gov- ernment on early child- hood education. Government has re- prioritised funding to invest $91.8 million in community-led partici- pation projects over the next four years, to pro- vide 3500 new places for children. Too many chil- dren are missing out. In some areas up to one in four arrive at school without having attended early childhood edu- cation. Labour MP Jacinda Adern says her party is developing policies that prioritise the first six years of a child s life. Go to www.waiheke marketplace.co.nz to see what delegates at the 2010 NZEI annual meeting thought of the government's early childhood education policy. In progress: The new canopy at Matiatia wharf should be installed by mid-March. Canopy work under way Artists impression: The finished product. Commuters will have a few more weeks of weaving around the roadworks while a new cantilevered canopy is constructed over the path at Matiatia wharf. The $170,000 project, has been in the plan- ning since July and was postponed until this month because of the number of summer visitors. It is expected to be completed by mid- March. Principal infrastruc- ture development eng- ineer Reg Cuthers says local contractors have been employed to lay the foundations and the concrete footpath, and a specialist firm will be employed to erect the canopy. Charlotte's charger returned Charlotte Cleverley-Bis- man s powerchair char- ger has been returned. It was taken 10 days ago and Waiheke Mar- ketplace put out the call for its return. Seven- year-old Charlotte s fath- er Perry Bisman said without the charger it was impossible for her to get around. He says: It reappeared next to the letterbox where it was taken from.
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