Kids turning up to early childhood centres ‘daily without food’

Monday, July 1, 2019

Some babies are being dropped at pre-school with no formula or nappies, and toddlers are going without shoes or lunches in the middle of winter.

More than 70 early childhood centres have put their hands up to request food, clothing and hygiene products from the children's charity Kidscan after it launched a programme to help under-fives last October.

Currently, 25 centres are receiving assistance but dozens more - caring for around 3000 children - say they need help too.

One of those centres is Te Papapa Pre-school in Auckland - where head teacher Liz Ferris said children often arrived without lunches, or enough clothing to keep them warm.

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