ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary Education

ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationLead advisor on early childhood care and education 
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Publisher of the New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Journal


Newsletter Notice: Funding Parity with 'Free' Kindergartens

All teacher-led centres used to receive salary component adjustments in funding to account for costs arising from the Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers’ Collective Employment Agreement (KTCA). However, from 2010/11, because it did not have the assurance that other services were paying salaries at KTCA level, the government decided it would pass the higher rates on only to kindergartens.

Since then the difference between kindergarten funding and that of other service types started to grow and it will continue to grow unless the funding bias is successfully challenged for all teacher-led services (and we see that this can include home-based) that employ qualified and certificated teachers.

We need to give the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Education the assurance they need that services will pass the salary component of any funding increase on to their teaching staff; assurance that teachers are being paid at the KTCA rates.  We are asking services to complete a form and return it to us. There are ethical early childhood services that care about their teachers and children, and we want to show that these services can be trusted to pass on funding increases to their teachers.

BestStart with 270 centres have said YES!  Would your service or services like to jump on board too?

Go the funding page here for a copy of the form to complete 

Or contact us and request a copy of the form, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

What else can you do? 

What do you need to know?

A more than 15,000 signature strong ECE Teacher Pay Parity Petition has gone to the House of Representatives and will come before the Education and Workforce Select Committee.  You can read more about what's happening and the list of signatories to the petition here 

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