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‘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 >>

Lack Of Data In Early Learning Consultation Leaves Providers Flying Blind

Monday, 8 May 2023, 2:02 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Ministry of Education’s own sector Expert Advisory Group (EAG) holds serious concerns with the Pay Parity funding review. They say it’s impossible for providers to determine if the proposed changes are viable for their centre, because of insufficient ... More >>

20 Hours Free Care On The Chopping Block In Worrying ECE Consultation

Monday, 1 May 2023, 6:19 am | Early Childhood Council

The government’s plans to dump initiatives like 20 hours free Early Childhood Education, subsidies for children under two and 100% qualified teacher funding bands will mean increased parent fees and a bleak future for providers. “Parents should ... More >>

Priority Hearing For ECC Pay Parity Legal Action Set For 19 And 20 July

Thursday, 6 April 2023, 12:21 pm | Early Childhood Council

Early learning centres impacted by the government’s Pay Parity initiative will have their day in court in July. The Early Childhood Council’s legal action against the government filed on 18 March 2022 has met the criteria for a priority hearing ... More >>

Pay parity inconsistent with older teachers’ right to freedom from discrimination – ECC to file legal action

Sunday, 19 March 2023, 2:25 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is suing the government, on grounds that the early learning teacher Pay Parity initiatives breach the right to freedom from discrimination for older female teachers under the Human Rights and New Zealand Bill of Rights Acts. ... More >>

Major ECE Wage And Salary Survey Shows Experienced Teachers Are Getting Squeezed Out

Monday, 13 March 2023, 11:34 am | Early Childhood Council

A comprehensive early learning wages and salary survey shows Pay Parity’s negative impact on teachers and providers by making experienced teachers increasingly unaffordable. “This data shows that hiring the most experienced teachers simply isn’t viable. ... More >>

Extended Pay Parity Not Working For Many Early Learning Centres – New Data

Tuesday, 7 March 2023, 1:19 pm | Early Childhood Council

Despite more Early Childhood Education centres opting into the government’s Extended Pay Parity scheme in the last quarter, the Ministry of Education’s own data is worrying. The pre-Christmas lift in funding rate has encouraged 54% of centres to ... More >>

National’s Family Boost Policy Offers Quality Early Learning Access To More Children

Sunday, 5 March 2023, 5:46 pm | Early Childhood Council

National’s Family Boost policy offers more children the education and social benefits of quality ECE, and will be a welcome relief for parents struggling to pay rising fees. “More investment in early learning is fantastic for our tamariki and their ... More >>

Unfunded Minimum Wage Increase To Hit Early Learning Budgets

Thursday, 9 February 2023, 1:45 pm | Early Childhood Council

Early learning providers have no option but to absorb the government’s unfunded minimum wage increase into budgets already stretched to breaking point. “Everyone wants to see early learning workers paid what they deserve, but this increase will ... More >>

Auckland Early Learning Centres Can Open For Any Parent Who Needs It

Tuesday, 31 January 2023, 12:17 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is advising Auckland parents to check with their early learning centre to see if they’re open before travelling to drop their children off. “Unlike schools, essential workers’ children can attend early learning. ... More >>





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