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Poll:Should kindergartens under kindergarten associations be kept in the state education system?

Yes - all kindergartens under associations including all-day care kindy and fee charging
6 14%
Yes - but only if it is free for any child and provides sessional preschool education
26 60.5%
No
11 25.6%
Total number of voters: 43
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TOPIC: Should free kindergartens be part of the state education system?

Should free kindergartens be part of the state education system? 2 months 3 weeks ago #18

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Currently the government takes responsibility for kindergarten teacher salary and work conditions under the State Sector Act and provides a higher level of funding to kindergarten associations to run kindergartens that are now competing with home-based and childcare services and no longer meeting the traditional definition of being a kindergarten.
The government faces an important decision of whether kindergartens should be in the state education system.
If it was your decision - what would you decide?

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Should free kindergartens be part of the state education system? 2 months 2 weeks ago #25

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I think it is time that they were not. We have the same qualifications but not the same conditions or pay or hours.

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Should free kindergartens be part of the state education system? 2 months 6 days ago #54

I agree that its time to take them out. Associations act as private businesses not as public education so let them be treated as such. Kindergartens now are no different and there's no way that they should be getting higher funding or any special privileges. Its time to treat all ECE equally.

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Should free kindergartens be part of the state education system? 2 months 5 days ago #55

I think it is so important we have a free, accessible, quality ECE in every community (not just affluent ones where it make more 'business' sense to have a service)- this has been the domain of 'Kindergarten' traditionally- free AND quality and located in low socio economic and high socio economic areas. Unfortunately, the corporatization of ECE has meant many kindergartens are now behaving like businesses and in the area I live, I do believe its resulted in a drop in quality and its reputation is suffering. Teachers have found themselves in situations where they are no longer being true to their philosophies around doing what is best for children and they need to keep their mouths shut for fear of repercussions from 'above'. I think kindergarten should remain in the state sector for the sake of the children BUT I think associations need to be held to account to ensure they are prioritizing child, whanau & teacher wellbeing over profit.
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Should free kindergartens be part of the state education system? 2 months 5 days ago #56

Agree with everything Claire said in her post - kindergartens should remain in the state sector for the sake of quality service provision to all communities irrespective of "for profit" drivers. However at same time, with this model all kindergarten associations need to ensure they are working in a way that demonstrates community engagement and not for profit ethos. Education of our tamariki is too precious to be left to the "business" sector. Education of our children from age 5 onwards is not left entirely to "for profit" providers, so neither should ECE - we need to ensure there is quality, state provided ECE available to all.
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Should free kindergartens be part of the state education system? 2 months 10 hours ago #62

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If they are operating like a private childcare they should be funded the same. All teachers have the same qualification are doing the same job yet kindergartens are funded higher so can pay their teachers more.

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