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  • Improving the pay of all ECE teachers

    The campaign for pay parity for teachers working in all ECE services has now officially started! “The benefits of ECE to children – and to society – depend on having a high quality workforce. No teacher working in ECE should be paid less than teachers in kindergartens and schools”. Get free copies of a new book on everything you need to know on pay issues and funding and what to do to make change happen. Click on the Read More button below for more details
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TEACHER PAY - watch the two videos below on this topic and if you would like info on current pay rates go to an article here
CHILD SAFETY -  learn the details of what happened, why, and how the Ministry of Education in particular let this child and family and our sector down investigative report on the serious choking incident

STAFFING YOUR ECE SERVICE WHEN THERE IS A LABOUR SHORTAGE ACROSS OUR ECONOMY - watch the video below for tips and advice and then go to the Discussion Forum for more

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  • Low Teacher Pay Hurts Children
  • Near-death incident in ECE
  • Staffing issues for Employers
  • Now is the time to ask for better pay

How do low staff wages and poor conditions impact on children’s happiness and wellbeing?

Should keeping fees low and affordability for families be at the cost of paying teachers a professional wage?

We have governments all over the world who talk about the value of early childhood care and education and that it is the beginning of this journey and lifelong learning. How can we move beyond this rhetoric and move to providing quality for children through quality teachers? But I'll reiterate the point that we've got to move beyond rhetoric. We've got to say we want quality. We need quality teachers. If we want quality teachers well then we have to pay a professional wage that shows RESPECT for early childhood as a PROFESSION.

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In 2016 a child under two years of age choked on the apple he was provided to eat for afternoon-tea at an early childhood centre. Raw apple is a well-known high-risk food for a child of his young age. The toddler now has a hypoxic brain injury and severe cerebral palsy – he is unable to talk, swallow normally, or move his body.

Incidents like this have occurred before in ECE and will likely occur again. What occurred was likely a serious breach in one or more clauses of the Education (Early Childhood Services) such as to take all reasonable steps to promote the good health and safety of children (Regulation 46, 1a). However, the Ministry of Education did not promptly nor properly investigate what happened.

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Tips and advice for keeping current staff and successfully recruiting new staff to your service?

Key message to pass on to other operators is to not expand or open more services unless you can be sure you've got staffing sorted first

Employers need to keep their staff - so ask for better pay if you are not happy with what you are paid. Learn more here. Gain inspiration to make change and improve things for yourself.

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