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An Open Letter from Early Childhood Teachers to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and to Hon Chris Hipkins

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An Open Letter
from Early Childhood Teachers
to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education

Tēnā korua Prime Minister Ardern and Minister Hipkins,

The Labour Party has said; “Children who participate in quality early childhood education enjoy the benefits throughout the rest of their lives. They do better at school, in tertiary education, and when they enter the workforce. Investment in children is one of the most important investments any government can make.”

As qualified teachers we are essential to the quality of education and care that our youngest and most vulnerable children receive, yet the Ministry of Education does not support our pay as professionally qualified and certificated teachers to be much more than the minimum wage.

No early childhood teacher should have to get a second job, such as an actor, builder's apprentice, or a cleaner or turn to relief teaching, to make up for lower earnings.

Please don’t force us to leave teaching by treating us as worth substantially less than our peers who work in kindergartens and schools.

We shouldn’t be told to join a union and donate a proportion of what little we earn to it, when you have the power to enable pay parity for all teachers in ECE.

Please act now for the benefit of all children in ECE (not in one year or 10 years, but now), by ensuring that all qualified ECE teachers receive the same pay as their peers in kindergarten and in the school sector.

Ngā mihi nui,

Bethany O'HaganKeep our highly skilled qualified teachers in the profession they love - Pay Parity for all ECE Teachers is Vital
Karen Girvan
Jo Wild
Janelle Herbert
Sally Binks
Natasha Fernandes
Simone Baker 
Elizabeth Todd
Maureen Edhouse 
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Loknandini Reddy
Erin Bullot
Kim Hartley 
Tracy Solomon
Shelley Osborn 
Tammie Dunstan Hunt
Anita Kumar
Linda Petrenko
Dee Makea-O'Donnell
Daisy Zuo
Liz Ferris
Caroline Hjorth
Nicky Burnett
Macy Chan
Rhonda James
Jeffrey Lanzilotta
Alicia Evans
Donna Williams
Kadesha Whyte
Andrea Borrie
Alexis Nichols
Sandra Mead
Claire Tuff 
Kea Te Rurehe-Lātū
Laura Price 
Julie Shelley 
Caroline Gordon
Manu Pohatu
Mandy Allen Chadwick 
Joanne Coatsworth 
Emma Turner
Jennifer Black
Courtney Munn 
Kristi Ballinger
Binita Nair
Cassandra Leigh Hall
Wu Rene
Catherine Rolleston 
Loreena Dawson
Leanne Ellis 
Tracey Winter
Michelle (Shelley) Anderson 
Laura Anderson 
Lorna Pelvin
Mindy Cheung 
Kia Hawes
Francine Little 
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Elizabeth Ashforth 
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Adriana van Altvorst
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Richelle Cossill
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Lee Gumbley
Debbie Hayward
Lynne Steele
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