“..Increasing the minimum wage and paid parental leave to a minimum of 18 weeks are among recommendations in a report on how New Zealand can improve the quality of life for children.
A report commissioned by Every Child Counts has looked to the Netherlands as an example of an OECD country that has high outcomes for children – and policy focused on their wellbeing.
Every Child Counts chairwoman Liz Gibbs said the Netherlands has some of the best child outcomes in the OECD – because parents have access to ongoing support and their standard of living is high.
“There is a strong focus on local provision of care and support, with children up to the age of 19 receiving regular health checks – a strong emphasis on early childhood education for disadvantaged children -
- and increased funding for schools where there is low parental education.”
The Dutch have put more effort into tracking children to ensure that all professionals working with families coordinate their work – and are communicating with each other…”
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