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Sector Consultation Key To Early Childhood Food Programme Programme Roll Out

Wednesday, 8 May 2024, 2:36 pm | Early Childhood Council

“The benefits of early learning are clear, and combining that with lunches for children who might otherwise miss out is potentially a big win. But with many centres already providing food, so it’s important this new programme doesn’t confuse ... More >>

Resolution Expected For NZ ECE Teacher Median Wage Issue, But When?

Thursday, 2 May 2024, 8:10 am | Early Childhood Council

MBIE’s adjustments to the Median Wage don’t align with similar adjustments to the funding rates all ECE centres are paid, so inflated salary costs must either be absorbed or passed on to parents through increased childcare fees. More >>

Moves To Simplify ECE Regulation Will Benefit Centres And Parents

Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 9:52 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council says today’s Early Childhood Education regulation announcements and confirmation of a wider regulatory review will help teachers and managers focus on children, not unnecessary compliance. More >>

Early Childhood Providers Landed With Increased Salary Rates For Overseas Teachers

Friday, 5 April 2024, 3:23 pm | Early Childhood Council

“When the government introduces a compulsory pay rise, they should at least tell the employers that pay the bill. The lack of communication is disappointing and sub-standard,” said Simon Laube, ECC CEO. More >>

Early Childhood Council Comment On Family Boost Announcement

Monday, 25 March 2024, 4:21 pm | Early Childhood Council

Comment from Simon Laube, Early Childhood Council CEO: “It’s great to see the government prioritising early childhood education (ECE). “It’s a welcome relief for parents facing rising costs, particularly those with the highest fees. “Childcare ... More >>

96% Of ECE Centres On Pay Parity, But Significant Issues Remain For Teachers And Providers

Thursday, 14 March 2024, 12:22 pm | Early Childhood Council

  Ministry of Education data shows that 96% of Education and Care Centres have opted into Pay Parity, with 42% on Full Pay Parity. But in spite of improved teacher pay, it appears to have exacerbated the steady number of centre closures, ... More >>

$118 Million Sunk Into Flawed IT System That Won’t Pay ECE Teachers Properly

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 1:35 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Ministry of Education keeps sinking money into Pourato, a new IT system meant to deliver funding for employers to pay Early Childhood Education teachers, despite sector concerns since 2015 about the outdated funding approach. Early Childhood Council ... More >>

20 Hours ECE Funding News A Welcome Boost For Providers

Wednesday, 20 December 2023, 4:25 pm | Early Childhood Council

The early learning sector has welcomed the confirmation 20 Hours ECE funding increases in March 2024 will be kept in place. With no changes to the published 1 March 2024 funding rates, it means early learning providers can plan with more confidence for ... More >>

ECE Managers’ Pay Lagging Behind, Thanks To Pay Parity Policies

Friday, 8 December 2023, 4:29 pm | Early Childhood Council

A comprehensive survey of early learning sector wages shows Pay Parity is having a positive effect overall on average ECE teacher pay, but reveals the diminishing gap between pay for teachers and managers is ringing alarm bells. The Early Childhood ... More >>

‘Discrepancy’ Of $253 Million Means 18,000 Teachers Missing Out On Pay Parity And ECE’s Closing Fast

Thursday, 23 November 2023, 9:06 am | Early Childhood Council

The Labour Government’s early learning Pay Parity promise became unaffordable in June 2023, when the Ministry of Education changed its method for calculating how much they would fund ECE teachers employed by independent education and care centres. ... More >>

Employers Committed To ECE Fair Pay Agreement Process

Saturday, 18 November 2023, 2:31 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council confirms its commitment to the Early Childhood Education Fair Pay Agreement process, despite NZEI Te Riu Roa issuing a petition claiming employer representatives weren’t coming to the table. “Nothing has changed – the ECC ... More >>

Win For ECE Providers As Ministry Of Education Confirms Common Sense Building WoF Approach

Friday, 3 November 2023, 12:13 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council welcomes the Ministry of Education’s clarification they won’t automatically remove early learning centre licences if their building loses its warrant of fitness under new MBIE guidelines, after an ECC investigation. ... More >>

Inflexible Building Rules Could See Ministry Of Education Suspend Early Learning Licences Overnight

Friday, 27 October 2023, 3:29 pm | Early Childhood Council

Lack of clarity with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s new approach to building regulation could see Ministry of Education shut early learning centres overnight, leaving parents scrambling for care and massive disruption for ... More >>

Ministry Of Education Uses Flawed Data To Impose Further Regulation On ECE Sector

Thursday, 28 September 2023, 9:46 am | Early Childhood Council

Closures of early childhood education centres and significant disruptions to services are on the cards in 2024 with the Ministry of Education set to enforce flawed regulations founded on incorrect data. From August 2024, new regulations contained in the Education ... More >>

Government’s Pay Parity Promise Is Broken

Monday, 28 August 2023, 6:03 pm | Early Childhood Council

Early learning providers’ funding is going backwards, despite government promises of Pay Parity for teachers employed in Education & Care services. Despite kindergarten teachers’ representatives agreeing to a new teacher pay scale the ... More >>

Early Childhood Council Releases Its Vision For Higher Quality And More Sustainable Early Learning

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 4:50 pm | Early Childhood Council

Politicians contesting the 2023 General Election need to understand the fundamental issues that need their attention if early learning services are to survive, let alone thrive, for the good of children and whānau, says the Early Childhood Council. “Our ... More >>

Early Learning Teachers’ Pay Equity Process In Doubt

Friday, 18 August 2023, 2:35 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Education Minister’s decision to defer giving teachers in-principle government support to funding their Pay Equity settlement means increased uncertainty and pressure for Early Childhood employers, who have no such luxury once a settlement occurs. ... More >>

No Guarantee The Secondary Teacher Salary Increase Will Be Matched For Early Learning Teachers

Wednesday, 2 August 2023, 7:03 pm | Early Childhood Council

Teachers in education and care centres must wait to see if the Government will match the 14.5% secondary school teacher salary increases for early learning. If the offer gets accepted by the PPTA there’s no certainty that education and care teachers, ... More >>

Urgent Letter To Government On Fair Pay Agreement Process

Thursday, 22 June 2023, 6:49 am | Early Childhood Council

Early Childhood Council has sent a letter to the Prime Minister and Workplace Relations Minister asking for an urgent statement of the Government’s intended approach to the Early Childhood Education Fair Pay Agreement. As the Ministry of Business, Innovation ... More >>

Early Learning Centre Closures Continue To Mount Up

Thursday, 18 May 2023, 2:14 pm | Early Childhood Council

70 early learning centres shut their doors in the year-ended June 2022, showing how tough it is for community-based leaders and business owners to run financially sustainable ECE operations within the current Pay Parity initiatives and rising costs. ... More >>





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