23 Feb 2021

Figures indicate tough times for early childhood education services

From Morning Report, 8:42 am on 23 February 2021

Education Ministry figures show a dramatic fall in the number of new early childhood services being set up and a long running spike in the number going out of business.

In the 12 months to the end of June last year 109 new early learning organisations opened - one of the lowest figures in the past twenty years.

In the same period, 88 closed, continuing a run that has now shut 359 licenced services in four years.

Here's RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen.