WELLINGTON, July - It will increase funding for centres that already employ 100 per cent qualified teachers, and require all ECE centres to employ at least 80 per cent qualified teachers by the end of the next three-year parliamentary term.
"National has reduced funding for ECE centres that have 100 per cent qualified teachers and has frozen per-child funding rates since 2010," Labour leader Andrew Little said on Friday.
"As a result, ECE fees have risen 25 per cent for parents."
Under Labour's policy, funding rates would increase each year in line with inflation.
"When we know how valuable good quality early education is, cutting corners is stupid," Little said.