1. New opinion article - It's already been seen by more than 1,000 people in ECE
By Melissa Dol
Being an early childhood teacher is rewarding work, there is no place in the world that I would rather teach than at home in New Zealand. I have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of children throughout my career, and I am a proud and confident Early Childhood teacher who is exceptional at what I do. If there is one thing that the last ten years has taught me, it’s that New Zealand Early Childhood education is where I belong, it’s where my heart is, it’s my passion. But I find myself living and teaching in Hong Kong.
Keep reading by going to the full article: "Forced to take my ECE qualification and experience overseas - the choice the NZ government asks NZ ECE teachers to make"
2. Tender - Call for Suppliers of Playgroups
The Ministry of Education is seeking proposals from suppliers with experience, capability and capacity to deliver a Supported Playgroup in areas across the North Island and in the Hasst area. Supported Playgroups are certificated playgroups with additional requirements for delivery of curriculum, parent engagement and transition to school. Please note that it is anticipated that there may be a number of Successful Respondents who are awarded a contract as a result of this tender. Supported Playgroups offer whānau an early learning option that supports whānau and tamariki education and well-being at the playgroup and in the home. For more information go directly to tender notice available at GETS - www.gets.govt.nz
3. Job ads
Featured positions this week are
ECE Teacher - Auckland
Akoranga Childcare Centre is a not-for-profit mixed age centre, with a strong emphasis on staff and child well-being and centre community. We are located on AUT's North Campus and licensed for 40 children between the ages of 6 months - 5 years. We are seeking a fully trained passionate, motivated ECE teacher to join our great teaching team, could be a graduate teacher.
ECE Teachers - Wellington
At St Mary's Early Childhood Education Centre we are looking to replace two full time qualified teachers at the start of 2021 as two teachers are retiring. We require the applicants to be qualified ece teachers (can be new graduates). The centre caters for children 6 months to 5 years in a mixed age environment in a small centre.
For full details and to see more job ads, go to: Job adverts
4. Services asked to support their teaching staff in making legal case for pay parity
To achieve pay parity for all certificated teachers working in ECE will require the government to provide substantial additional funding. The current Education Minister has already promised pay parity, but that means it could be three years away - or longer. That's too long.
Employers are asked to let their qualified teaching staff know that under new law, they can now make an individual claim for pay parity. David Haynes has kindly offered to represent teachers who would like to be represented in making a claim as an individual. Once a person completes the on-line form then David will send the claim to the employer, along with an explanation that this is not meant to penalise employers financially. It is intended to put pressure on the government to make the funding available to employers so that they can fund pay parity for their teachers. This is about supporting services and employers to get the Government (whom ever forms the next government) to grant pay parity now. The Ministry of Education will be invited to the negotiating table!
See below for the story and learn more about what is happening and what teachers and employers can do.