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Early Childhood Education, Care, Learning and Teaching

TEACHER PAY - there is a video below on this. For current pay rates go to an article here  On 1 April 2020 the minimum adult wage in NZ was lifted to $18.90 an hour while the rate at which the Ministry of Education supports a teacher with a 4-year degree to be paid remains at just $22.51.  We are pushing for pay parity for all teachers in ECE with teachers in primary schools - there is a rich resource of information and articles available on pay issues here 

CHILD SAFETY -  Over a year since we publicly revealed a tragic case in ECE involving a child and the Ministry of Education has still not made any changes in its licensing criteria or approach to preventing services from serving food to children that is high risk for them to eat For more go to the full investigative report 

STAFFING WHEN ITS HARD TO FIND TEACHERS WHO WANT TO WORK IN ECE - watch the video below for tips and advice and then go to the Discussion Forum for more

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  • Low Teacher Pay Hurts Children
  • Near-death incident in ECE
  • Staffing issues for Employers

How do low staff wages and poor conditions impact on children’s happiness and wellbeing?

Should keeping fees low and affordability for families be at the cost of paying teachers a professional wage?

We have governments all over the world who talk about the value of early childhood care and education and that it is the beginning of this journey and lifelong learning. How can we move beyond this rhetoric and move to providing quality for children through quality teachers? But I'll reiterate the point that we've got to move beyond rhetoric. We've got to say we want quality. We need quality teachers. If we want quality teachers well then we have to pay a professional wage that shows RESPECT for early childhood as a PROFESSION.

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In 2016 a child under two years of age choked on the apple he was provided to eat for afternoon-tea at an early childhood centre. Raw apple is a well-known high-risk food for a child of his young age. The toddler now has a hypoxic brain injury and severe cerebral palsy – he is unable to talk, swallow normally, or move his body.

Incidents like this have occurred before in ECE and will likely occur again. What occurred was likely a serious breach in one or more clauses of the Education (Early Childhood Services) such as to take all reasonable steps to promote the good health and safety of children (Regulation 46, 1a). However, the Ministry of Education did not promptly nor properly investigate what happened.

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Tips and advice for keeping current staff and successfully recruiting new staff to your service?

Key message to pass on to other operators is to not expand or open more services unless you can be sure you've got staffing sorted first

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