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Teacher minimum wages up - Important information for ECE providers and employers

Money 100 new brighter bank note1.  Kindergartens

Higher salary rates for teachers, head teachers and senior teachers came into effect on 1 June 2017 and the KTC agreement runs to May 2019. Some kindergarten staff may receive a lower salary in some instances than teaching staff in other centres and home-based ECE leaders. For example, under the ECE Collective Agreement a Centre Head teacher and Home-based team leaders salary range is $73,396 to $79,249 depending on staffing responsibility (a kindergarten head teacher's salary is $78,269).  

2.  All centres and services on higher funding rates

A wage increase from 1 July 2017 for teachers under the ECE Collective Agreement effects the wage/salary amount that every ECE service must at least pay all their primary and ECE qualified certificated teachers if claiming higher funding rates from the Ministry of Education. 

The attestation rates required by the Ministry of Education of all services on higher rates of funding, are aligned to the entry level wages for teachers with different qualifications under the ECE Collective Agreement.  (to understand this better and for background information see an earlier news story - Good news: funding for qualified and certificated teachers secure)

Employers should check that they are paying all their certificated teachers (full, provisional and subject to confirmation) including relievers and fixed term contractors at least at the minimum levels as set out in the Early Childhood Education Collective Agreement of Aotearoa New Zealand see below.  

  From 1 July 2017 the new Ministry of Education attestation rates and the new ECECA entry level wage rates 
Q1 & Q2 rates
(eg. a Dip Tchg or equivalent, or Higher Dip Tchg, or a Dip Tch and 2/3rds of a degree)
$41,067 or $19.74 hour
Q3 rate (eg. a recognised 3 yr teaching degree, an Advanced Diploma of ECE teaching, has a 3 yr diploma and done a one year upgrade to a Bachelor Teaching degree) $45,041 or $21.65 hour
Q3+ rate (examples of quals at this level:  a 4 yr B.Tchg degree, a B degree together with a recognised ECE qual, a Bachelor of Teaching degree together with a relevant level 7, 120 credit graduate or postgraduate diploma)

 $46,368 or $22.29 hour

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