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Has childcare become unaffordable in NZ?

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Parents wanting to return to the workforce should be better supported by employers - but those who are earning should also expect to pay more for childcare, says a review of early childhood education.

The review, which was set up last year at the request of Education Minister Anne Tolley, has recommended an overhaul of the funding system.

The new system should include a subsidy for 20 hours of care, it says, but should include strongly differentiated payments for special needs children and those from Maori, Pasifika, and low-income families.

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