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Free:  ECE Teacher Pay Book 

Print or download a copy of the ECE Pay Parity Book pdfhere
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What you can do

Add your name to the Open Letter to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and to Hon Chris Hipkins 

Support the online petition.  Go to:

Print and share posters (there are 3 below)

jpg "Pay Discrimination must end - We are teachers not babysitters"

pdf Keep our qualified early childhood teachers in the profession they love

pdf"Support Early Childhood Teachers: No ECE Teacher should be paid less than primary and secondary teachers"

Keep our qualified teachers in ECE - pay parity is essential

ECE Teacher Pay Parity Poster


We are teachers not babysitters


pdf Print, sign and send this postcard to the Associate Minister of Education 

pdf Print, sign and send this postcard to the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins

pdfPrint, sign and send this postcard to the Green Party Education spokesperson

pdfPrint, sign and send this postcard to the National Party ECE spokesperson 

If you don’t believe you can make a difference the best thing you can do is make a start. You can help by doing even just one of the above things. Together we can make what might seem to be impossible - possible. 


To summarise in just 3 paragraphs - or '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. 

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 gained and that quality is achieved.


Teacher Pay Parity Book

Get your copy here:  pdfECE 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?
6. Summary
7. Concluding Comment

1. Salary attestation rates 
2. Pay parity rates
3. Kindergarten teacher working conditions 
4. Current funding rates by service type 
5. Glossary 

Funding and accountability concerns

Sector Survey

Thought pieces on the effects of low pay on teachers and exploitation

The differences between 'Pay Equity' x and 'Pay Parity' 

NZEI's ill-thought out 11% wage jolt plan

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