Early Childhood Alert, May 3, 2021

In this newsletter

  1. It is set to become harder for new ECE services to open
  2. Getting back into the swing of things after the school holidays
  3. Let parents and caregivers know about the increase to WINZ childcare subsidy rates
  4. Prepare for Mother's Day / special female person's day  
  5. Help with wage costs for new / unskilled staff
  6. Bereavement leave changes
  7. Manager stole almost $5000 from centre


1. Controlling what new ECE services can open and where

It is set to become harder for a new ECE service to open. New services will be considerably less likely to pop up in direct competition with existing services.  A need for a new service will be required to be proven, before approval is given to proceed to applying for a licence.  Read more 

 

2. Getting back into the swing of things after the school holidays

Here's a link to a favourite article with 7 great tips for everyone working in ECE - Back from Holidays

 

3. Let parents and caregivers know about the increase to WINZ childcare subsidy rates

Amounts increased (a little) on 1st April.  A page link to more information to share with families is:  https://www.childforum.com/costs-subsidies-prices/274-childcare-subsidy-a-tax-deduction.html 

 

ECE service provider members can access an article on our website concerning WINZ subsidy payments and managing arrears in fees.

 

4. Prepare for Mother's Day

Mother's (or special female person’s day) is a time for children to honour a special person who is raising them, who is being their constant support, and their protector.

 

Our members have shared lots of ideas of activities and gifts young children can make for their mum or special person.  There are also many great ways for ECE service people to join with children to celebrate and thank mothers.  Find out more 

 

5. Help with wage costs for new/ unskilled staff

The Flexi-wage employment programme can help businesses pay and support employees while they gain skills for a job. It may be paid for either 24 or 36 weeks, at $276 a week and can be used in a variety of ways, for a new employee who needs support to gain skills to do a job, or a current employee who might be made redundant but could be reskilled into a different role. Contact WINZ for information about this wage assistance scheme.

 

6. Bereavement leave

A reminder that the minimum requirements by law are that after working for you for six months, an employee is entitled to:

  • Three days' bereavement leave following the death of their child, grandchild, grandparent, parent, partner, partner's parent, or sibling.
  • One day's bereavement leave on the death of a person outside the immediate family.
  • Three days’ bereavement leave if the employee has a miscarriage or a stillbirth.
  • Three days’ bereavement leave if another person has a miscarriage or stillbirth and the employee is the person’s partner, is the person’s former partner and would have been a biological parent, had agreed to be the primary carer (e.g. through a formal adoption or whangai arrangement), or is the partner of a person who had agreed to be the primary carer.

They can take bereavement leave at any time and for any reason that relates to the death or loss. This also applies to casual workers, if after six months, they have worked an average of at least 10 hours a week and at least one hour a week or 40 hours a month.

Good employers offer more than the minimum entitlement to their employees.

 

Educator Members - you may also be interested in an article on Domestic Violence leave 

ECE Service Provider Members - you may like to login to access the ECE Employer Guide to Employing and Managing Staff

 

7. Manager stole almost $5000 from centre

A manager admitted stealing from her centre over an 18-month period, from 2017 to 2018, an amount totalling $4735. The centre manager told her area manager she had justified the theft to herself as ripping off the centre, not the children she taught.

See the full story published by Stuff: Woman steals almost $5000

For some insight into the context at the time for the service operator see NBR 2017 story on Evolve expecting a drop of net profit to between $14 million and $15 million in the year ending March 31, 2018 "on weaker-than-expected occupancy rates, spurring management to cut costs and bolster its marketing effort."

 

ECE Service Provider Members - you may like to login to access guidance on how to easily put in place proper internal control systems and remove chances for theft and error. The guidance covers situations in community-based services and in private and commercial ECE services.  

 

 

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