Below are 3 quick but very important notices.
Please also give these notices to others at your workplace, including teaching staff and managers.
1. Wages and Employment National Survey
This is for teachers, kaiako, visiting teachers, relievers, hospital play specialists, student teachers and every person working in an ECE service.
It is very important for everyone to do the Wages and Employment National Survey. Your answers will help significantly to improve knowledge about our ECE workforce in NZ and provide much needed evidence to inform better employment policies, support and funding decisions.
Please tell your colleagues about this and invite them to do it too. The link for sharing is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020ECE
2. Funding parity for all teacher-led services
If your service is not a free kindergarten and is not already funded at the higher kindy rate, then take up the opportunity now to say your service is one that can be trusted to use funding as intended for teacher salaries to provide pay parity.
Get a copy of the form, have your service owner or board chairperson sign it, and return it to us. The Education and Workforce Select Committee will see the list of services that support pay parity in return for funding parity, and forms will be given to the Ministry of Education.
3. Let's get Pay Parity for ECE Teachers put into Law
If we are successful then ECE teacher pay would be automatically linked to school teacher pay, so we would automatically keep up, and not slip behind again.
To get this done we need everyone possible to make a submission. The challenge is that time is short, so we must move swiftly.
We have drafted a submission. It is a Word document, so it is easy for you to add your name to, and to change anything that you disagree with.
Click on the link below and take this opportunity. It's easier than online shopping to do!
> How to easily and quickly make a submission
* Note that the January Early Childhood Alert is available to print copies for your staff room and share with colleagues, go to it here. The February Early Childhood Alert will be issued next week.
ChildForum is a non-partisan national organisation that provides leadership to the early childhood sector
Founded in 1988 to support the development of a research culture and an evidence-based approach to ECE, ChildForum expanded to become a national body and is today the go-to organisation on all matters to do with early childcare and education.
ChildForum identifies issues, asks the hard questions that others may be afraid to ask, and inspires change that benefits children, teaching staff, service owners - and society.
- It advocates for safe and high-quality care and education for children prior to starting school.
- It keeps members of the ECE sector, public agencies and stakeholders up-to-date and informed of issues, news, and research.
- It supports ECE services with expert advice and articles (written in plain language) on the full range of areas including: management, funding and financial matters, policies, teaching and learning, working with families, childcare practices and child health.
- It has the biggest knowledge base on early childhood education and care practice and policy in NZ and is continually growing the knowledge base.