How does this policy specifically address equity in ECE?
All children will have equal access to quality ECE, as communities will be integrated with ECE and will dictate the quality parameters. TOP believes that community-led initiatives are better placed to care for diverse social and emotional needs, especially in vulnerable communities that have been under-resourced in the past. Such integrated services grow the wider whānau and community in the process of caring for the children. The current policy of removing children from family relationships implies a superiority of care that in many cases simply isn’t justified. TOP aims to keep children with their families for as long as possible, while investing in community-led initiatives to enable whole communities to thrive.