We advocate for 100% qualified and certificated ECE teachers in teacher-led centres and in home-based ECE (co-ordinators and visiting teachers). We believe that every adult counted as part of meeting the adult:child ratio minimum requirement should be fully trained in early childhood education and hold an ECE qualification that is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purpose of a practising certificate.
Additionally, we believe it is desirable for teacher-led centres to employ staff in excess of the minimum ratio requirement, and these staff may bring the 'nana factor' of an experienced caregiver who is not trained, or other valuable skills, or be in-training ECE teachers.
Home-based: We believe that home-based educators must have training in ECE to at least Level 4 on the NZQA framework, and preferably hold a recognised ECE teaching qualification.
Kōhanga Reo: Tino Rangatiratanga Whakapakari Tohu is the teaching qualification for te kōhanga reo kaiako and we believe this should have the same status and recognition by the Teaching Council as other ECE, primary and secondary qualifications.
Playcentre: In playcentres that are not full parent co-operatives and employ teaching staff these staff should be qualified and certificated ECE teachers.