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Staff Pay and Workforce Retention: Results from the 2020 Early Childhood Education National Survey - Q7: Is the pay of certificated teachers the same in Kindergarten Assns?

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QUESTION 7: IS THE PAY OF QUALIFIED AND CERTIFICATED TEACHERS THE SAME IN ALL CENTRES UNDER THE CONTROL OF KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATIONS?

Answer
In kindergarten the average hourly pay of teachers was $32.89 and this was higher than the average pay of $29.19 an hour of teachers in other centres run by kindergarten associations. An explanation for this difference provided by a teacher was: “I work for an early learning centre operated by a kindergarten association; however, we do not have pay parity with our peers working in the kindy side.”

Discussion
This finding reveals an inequitable situation for teaching staff employed by kindergarten associations. So, what is the Ministry of Education doing to ensure that all qualified and certificated teachers employed in centres under the control of all kindergarten associations are paid on the same salary scale, and on par with teachers in schools? This is a matter that needs to be further investigated.  

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