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Pay Parity

We are teachers not babysitters

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari taku toa, takitini e
Success is not by the work of one, but by the work of many

No teacher deserves to be paid less just because they are working in ECE.  But it's a fact that they are paid less - a lot less.  ECE is not valued well by our political leaders and by the Ministry of Education. 

If you think it's impossible for this to be any different then it will stay that way.  The best thing you can do is make a start to change this. Don't stay in this old bubble of thinking.  Mindset is everything.  If you set your mind to it anything is possible. So, step outside the bubble of thinking that it's impossible and support early childhood teachers to get the pay and recognition they deserve. 

Together, with your help we can make the impossible - possible.

Aroha nui, Dr Sarah
(ChildForum CEO)

 

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The argument for pay parity - why and how, 'in a nutshell'  

It is critically important for the children attending early childhood education (ECE) services that the pay of all early childhood education teachers is on par with their kindergarten, primary and secondary peers. 

Without pay parity qualified teachers will continue to leave the profession and the health, safety, and learning of children will suffer. Even when teachers stay in the sector, when they are disillusioned because of poor remuneration and overworked for the pay that they get, they can withdraw and disengage from children and from their work

For the government to provide the funding needed for pay parity they will need assurance that the taxpayers' dollars are being applied effectively to achieve the government's goals. There will need to be transparency around services' funding, to prove that pay parity is being applied.

See the Open Letter to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and to Hon Chris Hipkins 

Find information, research, funding and pay figures in the ECE Pay Parity book  

Campaign Updates

Petition, go to: https://our.actionstation.org.nz/p/ece-parity

Posters to share, print and display 

Postcards

If you don’t believe you can make a difference the best thing you can do is make a start. You can help by doing even just one of the above things.   

Teacher Pay book

Teacher Pay Parity Book

For a complete copy of the book, click here to read   Or email us for your free copy – email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PREFACE

1. The Lead-Up to the Campaign for Pay Parity
2. The Problem

2.1. Having a qualified workforce brings with it demands for higher wages reflective of qualification and professional status 
2.2. Teachers are subsidising ECE
2.3. Current pay levels 
2.4. Why would anyone want to spend a lot of time and money to become a qualified teacher and work in ECE today?
2.5. Slippage in the quality of ECE has become a serious worry 
2.6. Current methods and policy are failing 
3. The Solution 
3.1. Improve salary attestation rates 
3.2. Make sure funding for pay parity results in pay parity 
4. What Cannot Help as Much as We Might Want to Believe 
4.1. Joining a union 
4.2. The Government’s 10-year ECE strategic plan 
4.3. The re-introduction of a funding band for 100% qualified and certificated teachers and the exacerbation of inequity
5. A Teacher is a Teacher 
5.1. Why lower pay is not about gender or work role
5.2. Where is NZEI Te Riu Roa on campaigning for pay parity?
5.3. Are kindergartens fundamentally different to other services in ECE?
6. Summary
7. Concluding Comment

APPENDICES
1. Salary attestation rates 
2. Pay parity rates
3. Kindergarten teacher working conditions 
4. Current funding rates by service type 
5. Glossary 

Keep our qualified teachers in ECE - pay parity is essential ARTICLES AND DATA

Funding and accountability concerns

Sector Survey

Thought pieces on the effects of low pay on teachers and exploitation

ECE Teacher Pay Parity Poster

The differences between 'Pay Equity' x and 'Pay Parity' 

NZEI's ill-thought out 11% wage jolt plan

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