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Early Childhood Alert 20 May 2020

In this newsletter

  1. Higher funding to provide pay parity for centre and home-based certificated teachers
  2. Latest Funding Rate Tables
  3. Who will benefit from the new 100% Funding Band and by how much?
  4. New wage attestation table
  5. The ECE Employer's Guide - comprehensive up-to-date new resource now available
  6. Undertaking pay reviews - advice for employees and employers
  7. The why and what of the new Teaching Council fees for teacher registration and certification
  8. Birthday cakes: Should we allow these and what are the options? 

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1. Higher funding to provide pay parity for centre and home-based certificated teachers

The Minister of Education has talked of pay parity. But what the minister is funding is an attestation rate for teacher-led centres equal only to the beginning or new graduate teacher rate for school teachers. There is no funding to deliver a pay scale.

The Ministry of Education persists in providing a higher funding rate table only to education and care centres that are party to the Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers’ Collective Agreement (known as the “KTCA”). Yet, all publicly-funded ECE services that agree to pay their qualified and certificated teachers as teachers should receive the higher funding.

If your service agrees and supports pay parity, complete and submit the form for higher funding before 24 May 2020

> Find out more and get a copy of the form, here


2. Latest Funding Rate Tables

See the new funding rate tables for different Ministry of Education categories of early childhood services 


3. Who will benefit from the new 100% Funding Band and by how much?

> Find out here and learn more about how the ECE Centre 100% funding band works 


4. New wage attestation table 

From 1 July 2020, the Minister announced that $23.97 will be the new salary attestation pay rate. The new pay rate of $23.97 does not apply to student teachers. It only applies to qualified and certificated primary trained and early childhood trained teachers.

There will no longer be a higher rate than the beginner/ new teacher rate.  The qualification Q3 and Q3+ will have the same value in the future. 

There is no higher rate for teachers that may hold higher qualifications, have undergone additional training, have experience, or hold leadership and management responsibilities. 

> Go to the attestation table and learn more about wages 


5. The ECE Employer's Guide - comprehensive up-to-date new resource now available

The guide for service providers, managers and leaders tells you what you need to know, to do things right, and to help you avoid making mistakes.

It outlines the minimum practices required by law and what you can do to achieve best practice and be outstanding.  

The ECE Employer's Guide has been prepared for teacher-led services. But there is also much in it that will be useful for parent-led services that employ staff and all services that have responsibilities for the safety and conditions experienced by volunteers and students.

Available now, go the ECE Employer's Guide by clicking here


6. Undertaking pay reviews - advice for employees and employers

Regular annual pay reviews can help in developing and retaining a high-skilled and loyal staff.  Reviewing staff pay is also a useful exercise to ensure that each member of staff is receiving pay that is appropriate and all legal obligations continue to be met.

  • What are employer’s legal responsibilities and moral obligations?
  • When to undertake pay reviews
  • How to conduct a pay review
  • Teachers-in-training and graduating teachers
  • Unqualified teachers
  • Management and leadership roles
  • Further information 

> ECE Service member article on pay reviews

> Individual member/ teacher information and advice on negotiating a pay increase 


7. The why and what of the new Teaching Council fees for teacher registration and certification

The Wellbeing Budget 2020 sets out that "teachers will now pay an annual amount of approximately $157.00" for a practising certificate.

There is to be no concession or discount for teachers not covered by the unified pay scale and unfortunately most teachers in ECE do not have pay parity. 

A $100 fee will be payable on top of the $157.00 should a teacher be late in lodging their annual application for renewal. Renewal will need to be done every year.

This new fee charging regime will start from February next year.

Since it is a requirement for schools and ECE services - why is the cost put onto teachers personally to bear?

> Go to this public news story


8.  Birthday cakes - should we allow these and what are the options?

Birthdays are a very exciting time for children in early childhood and it is important that children can celebrate these special occasions with their peers to acknowledge and appreciate this day with them. We can probably all remember the excitement of a birthday cake and waiting with anticipation to eat this tasty treat.

In early childhood settings however, this can pose a problem when following healthy eating guidelines that recommend foods and drinks high in sugar, salt or saturated and trans fat should be avoided. For this reason teachers may be unsure of whether to allow birthday cakes into their service, to celebrate birthdays.

Celebrating birthdays with children can be beneficial in many ways, which are reflected in Te Whāriki.

Children’s wellbeing – Celebrating a child’s birthday helps them to develop a sense of self-worth, recognising that they are important to others.
Children’s sense of belonging – Sharing experiences from their own lives, that are unique to them, encourages children to see themselves as an important part of the group. They may also want to share food with their peers, a way to link their culture and/or their home life with their time at the centre.
Children’s ability to contribute – Birthdays are a great way for children to interact as a part of a group and to share something that is important to them; through this they can continue to develop important social skills and awareness of others in the group.

So, can we provide cake?

> Go to the Individual and ECE service members information and guidance article


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