Politicians Use of Early Childhood Services for Press Conferences and Photo Opportunities

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Minister Chris Hipkins gives a press conference at an early childhood education centre

We support politicians in visiting early childhood services to see first-hand what ECE is like and to gain a better understanding of any issues or problems. It is also accepted for politicians to attend the opening of new services.

But, what if a politician wants to use your centre and children as a backdrop for their press conference. Would you say yes? Or would you say no?

Consider the following:

  • How children will feel
  • How this will disrupt the curriculum and normal routines and flow of the day
  • Is this providing quality care and education for children
  • How the ECE service may be seen by families who support a different political party.

KIA ORA EVERYBODY. IT IS FANTASTIC TO BE HERE.
THIS IS MY SECOND ECE VISIT THIS MORNING. I HAD TO DROP MY OWN KIDS AT DAY-CARE ON THE WAY ...

– May 12, 2021, Minister Hipkins presents a pre-Budget announcement to reporters at a Wellington ECE centre.

– Children were required to sit, stay quiet, and had nothing else to do for at least 20 minutes.

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