All teachers in other early childhood services were to be included in pay parity but this never happened.
The wider early childhood sector has supported those in free kindergartens to have pay parity.
Now it is the turn of kindergarten associations, senior teachers, head teachers and teachers to support their colleagues in other publicly-funded ECE centres and services for pay parity.
We are calling on every Kindergarten Association, kindergarten teacher, head teacher and senior teacher/ professional leader to add their name to the supporters list. This includes teachers who may be on leave (e.g. study or parental leave).
You can find the form to register your support here
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Ngā mihi maioha
Thank you, your help is much appreciated
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari taku toa, takitini e
Success is not by the work of one, but by the work of many
(we will update this daily)
here are the first twelve supporters - thank you Sue, Helen, Kylie, Tania, Amy, Galitzine, Shelley, Mark, Brigitte, Jacqui, Priyanka, and Sarah
|Sue Higgins||Teacher||Counties Manukau KA||"A teacher is a teacher is a teacher"|
|Helen Byrne||Relief Teacher||Mahurangi
|Northern Auckland KA||"I have worked in a wide range of centres and roles over the last 41 years. Experience tells me we are doing the same role so should be recompensed similarly."|
|Kylie Bernie||Head Teacher||Oranga Kindergarten||AKA|
|Tania||Head Teacher||CMKA||"A teacher is a teacher is a teacher and should all feel valued"|
|Amy||Teacher||Waikato KA||"A teacher is a teacher - we have the same qualifications, work to the same curriculum and standards - our conditions and pay should be the same"|
|Galitzine Trussell-Cullen||Highland Park||AKA|
|Shelley Sheneen||Parihaka||Northland KA||"In my 30 plus years as a Kindergarten teacher I have always been advocating for ECE and for pay parity."|
|Mark Walker||Kindergarten Teacher & Across Sector Lead||Masterton||WM Kindergartens||"Ensuring pay parity will show kaiako (who support tamariki toward a quality education and holistic well-being), their worth. Not only this, it will show whānau that we, as a nation, are putting our best foot forward to better outcomes for tamariki, and that we value learning and the holistic wellbeing of tamariki in the years that lay the foundations of which all else builds on. This is a career choice that supports the most precious beings of any whānau; kaiako have a responsibility for the lives of tamariki and often go beyond their 'on the floor' hours to support each and every child to the best they can; a near minimum wage doesn't reflect the value they bring to the life of a child and their family, let alone the connections they make in their communities. We need to attract new kaiako, and retain experienced kaiako across this diverse sector to pass on valuable knowledge. We need to encourage all spaces for learning to appeal to tertiary students as each has its own strengths and place in guiding tamariki and whānau through these fundamental years."|
|Brigitte Braithwaite||Teacher||Browns Bay Taiaotea Kindergarten||Kaitiaki Kindergartens||"It is simply unjust for teachers who have the same qualification as me to get paid less."|
|Jacqui Williams||Teacher||Te Atatu South||AKA||"Equal pay for equal work!"|
|Priyanka Kapoor||Head teacher||Summerland Kindergarten||AKA|
|Sarah Fergusson||Teacher||Knox Street Kindergarten||Gisborne KA|