7 Oct 2010

Early childhood education spending under scrutiny

5:58 pm on 7 October 2010

Taxpayer funding of pre-school education is to be scrutinised by an expert panel.

The eight-member taskforce includes academics from Auckland and Otago universities and Early Childhood Council chief executive Peter Reynolds.

The sector gets about $1.3 billion of taxpayer funding each year.

The panel's job is to conduct a value-for-money review and come up with fresh ideas about learning by March next year.

Education Minister Anne Tolley is adamant she has not set up the taskforce as a cost-cutting measure.

Mrs Tolley told Checkpoint on Thursday that the time is right to have a close look at the systems in place to ensure the sector is fit for the next decade.