Northland GP and New Zealander of the Year says the Budget announcement of more money for beneficiary families and the requirement to seek work when the youngest child turns three is a good move:
Dr O’Sullivan says in the Northland communities he works in, the kids of beneficiaries are often better off out of the home because they’re less exposed to social dysfunction.
“Now that could be alcohol, drug abuse; that could be violence; that could be mental health problems; that could be problems with incarceration,” says Dr O’Sullivan.
He says putting those children into childcare during the day ensures they have some good role models early on.
“I think we should be able to expose them to positive environments, keep them warm, safe and dry and give them a learning opportunity that will prepare them for school. I don’t believe we should waiting until they’re five.” . . .
Home ought to be the safest place for children.
Parents ought to be the best teachers and role models but tragically for too many children they aren’t.
Dr O’Sullivan sees them and knows that these children will be better away from their homes, if only while their parents are at work.