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
No teacher deserves to be paid less just because they are working in ECE. But it's a fact that ECE is not valued highly and teachers who work in ECE can be paid less - a lot less. It does not and it must not stay this way. Together, with your help we can change what might seem impossible and make the impossible - possible.
Arohanui, Dr Sarah
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What you can do
3. Funding parity for ECE services is important to support teacher pay parity - Providers are invited to join the list of names of services for the government to know who it can trust to provide pay parity to their teachers in return for higher funding for this purpose
A Note About NZEI Te Tiu Roa
NZEI tried to get ChildForum to drop their pay parity campaign and support their pay equity campaign instead. It also tried a couple of times to interfere with the pay parity petition run on Action Station. NZEI has only switched to pay parity since the Minister said "pay parity" on national television in November last year. Before then almost the only people saying "pay parity" were ChildForum. We are pleased to see NZEI now saying pay parity. However it is still has 'fair' pay and pay equity campaigns running which are distracting and are designed to delay and provide barriers to pay parity.
The argument for pay parity - why and how, 'in a nutshell'
It is critically important for the children attending early childhood education (ECE) services that the pay of all early childhood education teachers is on par with their kindergarten, primary and secondary peers. Pay parity means the same pay scale
Without pay parity qualified teachers will continue to leave the profession and the health, safety, and learning of children will suffer. Even when teachers stay in the sector, when they are disillusioned because of poor remuneration and overworked for the pay that they get, they can withdraw and disengage from children and from their work
For the government to provide the funding needed for pay parity they will need assurance that the taxpayers' dollars are being applied effectively to achieve the government's goals. There will need to be transparency around services' funding, to prove that pay parity is being applied.
Find information, research, funding and pay figures in the ECE Pay Parity book
- June 2020 Campaign Update
- November 2019 Campaign Update
- Catch-up with what happened in the first week - see our report here
Posters to share, print and display
- "Pay Discrimination must end - We are teachers not babysitters"
- "Support Early Childhood Teachers: No ECE Teacher should be paid less than primary and secondary teachers"
- Pay parity means the same pay scale - a Teacher is a Teacher in Kindergarten and in any other centre or service
- Print, sign and send this to the Associate Minister of Education
- Print, sign and send this to the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins
- Print, sign and send this to the Green Party Education spokesperson
- Print, sign and send this to the National Party ECE spokesperson
- Stuff article: Same qualifications, same duties, different pay
- Stuff article: Teachers are teachers
- Stuff article: Our pay is the lowest of the low
- NZ Herald opinion: Why would anyone mind low pay and hours of unpaid work when stepping into the shoes of an early childhood teacher
Government responses to staffing issues in different parts of the sector
- Funding recruitment company to place overseas qualified teachers (not NZ teachers) into ECE centres
- Recuiting overseas teachers supported by Early Childhood business Council
- Easing of qualification requirements: Staff without an early childhood qualification to be responsible for children and programmes in ECE
- The 10-year Strategic Plan aka the Action Plan
- Look out Labour, here comes National with its discussion document
Funding and accountability concerns
- Anna Ryder - Service owner: "We pay our teachers above MoE rates and would love to pay our teachers more"
- How much funding is too much to go on management salaries and profit instead of on children and teacher salaries?
- Cost Analysis: Can centres afford to pay teachers more?
- Hugo van Stratum - Recently retired teacher: "Pay disparity, profit making, fair treatment and advocacy for a unified pay scale"
- National Survey Results: Views on ECE teacher wage rates set by the Ministry of Education and on pay parity with teachers in primary schools/ kindergartens
Thought pieces on the effects of low pay on teachers and exploitation
- Bethany O'Hagan - Centre Supervisor: "Ask an early childhood teacher why there is a teacher shortage and we can tell you"
- Ways to Stop the Exploitation of Teachers Working in ECE
- Unqualified staff in teaching positions are being expected to take on the work of qualified teaching staff often for minimum or little more than minimum pay
- Karen Girvan - Teacher: "The pay realities for teachers when moving from a kindergarten setting into another community ECE setting"
- Janet Dixon - ECE expert: "Investing in teachers is investing in children - our future leaders"
The differences between 'Pay Equity' x and 'Pay Parity' ♥
- Like chalk and cheese: Pay Equity and Pay Parity an analysis of different paths to get better wages and conditions
- David Haynes: ECE Teachers - Pay Parity or Pay Equity?
NZEI's ill-thought out 11% wage jolt plan
- Misleading: NZEI’s claim it can deliver an immediate 11% pay increase to all ECE teachers
- NZEI’s 11% Campaign – It Sounds Great, but What’s Inside the Package?
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- Why do we need to pay ECE teachers a fair wage? An interview with Irish expert Dr Mary Moloney
- Part 1 of the national meeting on ECE Teacher Pay in Wellington, July 2019
- Part 2 of the national meeting on ECE Teacher Pay in Wellington, July 2019
- Tips for service providers on responding to the teacher shortage and how to reduce the impact of this on their operation
- Video collection
Teacher Pay Parity Book
1. The Lead-Up to the Campaign for Pay Parity
2. The Problem
2.1. Having a qualified workforce brings with it demands for higher wages reflective of qualification and professional status
2.2. Teachers are subsidising ECE
2.3. Current pay levels
2.4. Why would anyone want to spend a lot of time and money to become a qualified teacher and work in ECE today?
2.5. Slippage in the quality of ECE has become a serious worry
2.6. Current methods and policy are failing
3. The Solution
3.1. Improve salary attestation rates
3.2. Make sure funding for pay parity results in pay parity
4. What Cannot Help as Much as We Might Want to Believe
4.1. Joining a union
4.2. The Government’s 10-year ECE strategic plan
4.3. The re-introduction of a funding band for 100% qualified and certificated teachers and the exacerbation of inequity
5. A Teacher is a Teacher
5.1. Why lower pay is not about gender or work role
5.2. Where is NZEI Te Riu Roa on campaigning for pay parity?
5.3. Are kindergartens fundamentally different to other services in ECE?
7. Concluding Comment
1. Salary attestation rates
2. Pay parity rates
3. Kindergarten teacher working conditions
4. Current funding rates by service type