The Wellbeing Budget

Improving child wellbeing

Improving child wellbeing through education and taking pressure off parents, part 2

Removing NCEA Fees

The Government is also taking financial pressure off parents by removing fees for NCEA and NZ Scholarship.

More than 145,000 households are estimated to benefit from the removal of the $76.70 NCEA fee that families pay every year for around 168,000 secondary students.

"Abolishing these fees will make things a bit easier for families to make ends meet and ensure every student who achieves NCEA can receive their qualification," Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.

"This is another step by the Coalition Government to put the "free" back into free education."

Maintaining quality and keeping a lid on Early Childhood Education fees

"The Wellbeing Budget also helps maintain the quality of Early Childhood Education (ECE), while meeting rising demand and keeping a lid on potential fee increases for parents," Chris Hipkins says.

Around 4,200 early-learning services serving about 190,000 children will receive a 1.8 per cent increase in their subsidy rates to cover for inflation over the past year.

The previous Government never gave per child funding a full inflation adjustment between 2010 and 2017.

"Without the subsidy increase to offset rising costs, providers would likely face the choice of raising fees and making parents pay more, or reducing the quality of the services they provide to young children and their families," Chris Hipkins says.

The higher subsidies for ECE are budgeted to cost $131.1 million in operating funding over the four-year forecast period. This is on top of the $105 million that we provided for the ECE sector in Budget 2018.

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