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Early Childhood Alert March 2020

In this newsletter

  1. Providing babysitting - It's a changing world for ECE!
  2. Asking staff to work remotely?  Providing distance education to 0 - 5 year olds?
  3. Employment and Wages Q&A 
  4. School holidays and Easter Break
  5. Can the ECE service require families to continue to pay fees, 20 Hours ECE optional charges and any other charges?
  6. Have some fun - it's not too early to involve children in Easter activity preparations 

 

1. Providing babysitting - It's a changing world for ECE!

Some ECE providers are set to receive a possible financial windfall to provide babysitting for the children (0 – 14 years) of essential workers during the 4-week lockdown. Find out more about this and how your service can be involved.

Also, what does this mean for the people providing the care?

> Find out here

 

2. Asking staff to work remotely?  Providing distance education to 0 - 5 year olds?

Read what the ECE sector has said about doing these things and the constraints.  Clearly the messages being given by the government and ECE sector opinion are at odds - but who knows the ECE sector best?  The ECE sector!  See the feedback and use the feedback that members of the ECE sector have given.

> Go to the report presenting the findings on last Friday's ECE sector survey - there's some really interesting and useful feedback in here

 

3. Employment and Wages Q&A 

When we get through the lockdown, we could see staff raising personal grievances. Don't let your service be one of those that finds itself in the employment court. Instead, get sorted now and act legally and in good faith. 

To begin getting sorted, you can find answers and read discussion all in one place on questions such as:

  • Can an ECE service drop the wages of staff to 80% or lower, or not pay staff during the lockdown?
  • How do staff know their employer isn’t double-dipping – asking staff to forgo their normal wages and pocketing the wage subsidy from WINZ?
  • Can relievers and home-based educators who are self-employed or contractors receive their usual income during the lock-down?
  • What about support for teachers who have gone from permanent work to relieving very recently?
  • What if the ECE service just can’t continue to pay wages to staff because there is no work? 
  • Can ECE Services require staff to use their sick leave?
  • Can ECE services require staff to use their annual leave?
  • Is there a work from home expectation for staff who continue to be paid?
  • When working at home or off-site can an employee claim for expenses?
  • Are ECE services, relievers and home-based educators required to show they are providing distance education for children to get the wage subsidy?
  • What financial support is available to ECE services?

> Go to the employment and wages Q&A

 

4.  School holidays and Easter Break 

Today is the last day of school (for online learners). Holidays continue until the 15th April. Term break includes Easter statutory holidays.  Please don't expect staff to be working. Many will have children on holiday to care for (and entertain)  

 

5. Can the ECE service require families to continue to pay fees, 20 Hours ECE optional charges and any other charges?

Go to a post on this topic at https://www.facebook.com/MyECE.NZ/posts/3057718674273092

 

6. Have some fun - it's not too early to involve children in Easter activity preparations 

 Hey, what do you call Easter when you are hopping around? Hoppy Easter!

> Go to our page of popular ideas for ECE Easter activities and games, along with recipes for Easter eggs, hot cross buns, and Easter biscuits

 

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