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Upper Hutt Leader : August 3rd 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 3, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service DOES YOUR TEENAGER HAVE LEARNING DIFFICULTIES? If your teenager: Dislikes reading Has trouble with comprehension Has trouble remembering what they have read Lacks motivation Can't spell Struggles to read fluently Cellfield in association with Kip McGrath Upper Hutt 3716177AG HELP IS AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH CELLFIELD Ph 04 528 7707 www.kipmcgrath.co.nz Give your child the gift of reading. For a free, no-obligation consultation about how we can help contact Patrick. WOF LTSA Approved Corner Queen & King Streets, Upper Hutt Ph 04-528 9770 Fax 04-528 9737 Queen St Auto Centre Ltd WITH EVERY WOF *Some conditions may apply Back for 2011 Bring in a copy of this Ad to receive 3758693AF FREE WIPER BLADES Locals joined in playcentre protest Training with a difference: Upper Hutt playcentre mums and their children catch a train to Parliament from Upper Hutt railway station. From left are Zavier Edwards, Anita Edwards, Kate Dowling (holding sign), Liam Edwards, Abby Hewitt with baby Theo and Jack, and Brook Davies with baby Tarn and Tora. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Upper Hutt parents fearful their playcentres could be in jeopardy from early-childhood education funding changes joined a protest picnic outside Parliament on Thursday. Brook Davies, whose two chil- dren attend Te Marua-Mangaroa Playcentre at Birchville, said parents were already heavily involved in running the centre and she feared they might have to increase fundraising. Playcentres are run by parents rather than paid teachers. Playcentre offers NZQA-approved training to parents which benefits both the playcentre programme and gives additional formal qualifications. Abby Hewitt, who also has two children at the playcentre, said she feared the playcentre could be forced to amalgamate with another. The playcentre was the only one in the north of the city and gave support to the whole family, not just the pupils. Organisers of last week's protests said the ECE Taskforce report, commissioned by govern- ment to investigate returns on investment in the early childhood sector, proposed reducing playcentre funding by 63 per cent, making the country's 460-plus centres non-viable. They said that under the proposed new funding mechanism outlined in the report, playcentre was classed as other,'' meaning drastic funding cuts because they were parent-led, rather than teacher-led. They said rural areas could be hard hit because there were often few other early-childhood options. They said playcentres, begun in Wellington 70 years ago to sup- port families and communities during World War II, pioneered child-led play-based learning which became a cornerstone of the Ministry of Education's early childhood curriculum Te Whaariki. It was so successful Japan was copying playcentre's unique model, they said. But Education Minister Anne Tolley says the protest is another example of Labour trying to scare- monger over a non-existent issue''. She says the ECE Taskforce is independent from government and that the Government supports diversity in the ECE sector and last year extended 20 hours ECE to playcentres and kohanga reo. Chris Parkin, co-president of the Hutt Playcentre Association which covers Lower and Upper Hutt, said it was good the National government had recognised that playcentres pro- vide quality education. He said the figure of possible funding cuts was around 63 per cent, depending on how the taskforce report was interpreted. Parents and the association would be making submissions on the report but he would welcome an immediate assurance from the minister that playcentre funding would not be in jeopardy. Funding cuts would impact on running costs and paid supervisors for playcentres that had them, he said. Playcentres will be holding a national day of celebration called Proud to be Playcentre'' next Monday, August 8, the day that submissions close on the ECE taskforce report. The report can be viewed at taskforce.ece.govt.nz. FROM Page 1 Dave Wheeler and Pat Christian- son also expressed concern, with the latter attending the meeting although not a member of the services committee. There could also be an impact on the adjacent Expressions Cen- tre when it was holding events like dancing, Mrs Christianson suggested. I have seen the entire car park filled up,'' she said. Here we have a commercial enterprise and we all hope it will be successful. I fully support it but feel it's being suggested in the wrong place,'' she said. Phone 528 2331 at any time www.geeandhickton.co.nz GU02 Dana Brown Nat Cert FD Funeral Director Gavin Murphy Dip. Funeral Services General Manager Production issues Due to Fairfax Media's production issues this week, some advertisements may not appear or may appear without graphics. We apologise to readers and advertisers. Chess tournament Round three of the four-round winter Swiss tournament was played on Monday evening at the Upper Hutt Chess Club. On the top board Anton Reid defeated leader Nick O'Kane. Other winners were Pat Cunningham, Mike Stevens, Paul Frost and Bill Orr. Reid, O'Kane, Cunningham, Stevens and Frost now share the lead each with two wins from their three games. Round four will be played on Monday. Inspiration for staff By JIMMY NESS Four Prison Fellowship staff recently flew to Toronto, Canada for a world convention. About 900 participants from 130 countries attended the Prison Fellowship International Convocation, held from June 27 till July 2. Prison Fellowship New Zealand general manager Barry Timms says it was an inspirational experience. It's to bring together the various nations . . . and to encourage one another and provide a platform for pass- ing on different ideas. It's a great event. New Zealand is one of the leading countries for Prison Fellowship instructors, so we had quite a lot of input. We took three workshops.'' Mr Timms says some of the concepts staff learnt can be used for keeping track of inmate progress and ensur- ing they do not reoffend. We found some material that will be perfectly suited to such changes. There were about two or three different ideas or concepts that we thought that's simple enough, we can do that here'.'' The event was attended by Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson.
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