ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary Education

ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationLead advisor on early childhood care and education 
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Publisher of the New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Journal

 

Protecting the title of 'teacher' - 2 days left for submissions on a new bill before Parliament

teacher folderThe intent of this bill is to lift the status of teachers by removing the ability of those who have not gained the recognised teaching qualifications from representing themselves as "teachers" by using that title. 2 days are left to give submissions.

Submissions close on 13th April 2018.

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Why do people still think of early childhood teachers as babysitters, caregivers, or childcare workers? 

Why are unqualified teachers called 'teachers' instead of 'assistants' or 'teacher-aides' in early childhood education?  In the school sector a qualified teacher only is typically viewed as and called a 'teacher' and anyone who is unqualified is not taken to be a teacher.

Early childhood teaching is so much more than babysitting! The low social respect and with it low pay is not acceptable either. Just ask any early childhood teacher.

What can be done about this?  There are two options. 

> Read more: What's in a name?

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