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Early Learning Forgotten In Government Attendance Push

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 1:34 pm | Early Childhood Council

  A pre-budget announcement of $88 million to address school attendance has completely ignored early learning. If the Government was serious about improving educational attendance they’d start at its foundation with more investment in early ... More >>

Common Sense On ECE Network Management Welcomed

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 4:53 pm | Early Childhood Council

  The Early Childhood Council welcomes the extended deadline before the Early Childhood Education network management pre-licensing controls take effect, announced by Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins today at Select Committee. “It’s ... More >>

Early Learning Left Without Government Support Again

Saturday, 26 February 2022, 2:01 pm | Early Childhood Council

On the day free surgical masks for schools was announced, early learning providers received no new support. “Chris Hipkins said ‘Our young people’s wellbeing is at the centre of everything we do. ’If Omicron support excludes our tamariki ... More >>

Mass Closures Threaten Early Learning Centres As Omicron Takes Hold

Saturday, 19 February 2022, 7:20 am | Early Childhood Council

Early learning centres endeavouring to stay open for children through the Omicron outbreak are disappointed with the lack of access to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).   89.5% of Early Childhood Council members surveyed were hoping to use RATs ... More >>

Early Learning Sector Needs Ventilation Support Like Schools

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 3:40 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is calling for the ventilation support on offer for schools to be expanded to support early learning providers. “Early learning providers urgently need assessment of their accommodation to determine where ventilation issues ... More >>

Teachers Leaving Due To The Vaccine Mandate Will Significantly Impact Early Learning

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 3:34 pm | Early Childhood Council

41% of surveyed Early Childhood Council members say they’ll lose at least one teacher because of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. “33% of members surveyed say they’ll lose one or two teachers, and 10% say they’ll lose between three and five. This ... More >>

Early Learning Resilience Being Severely Tested

Saturday, 6 November 2021, 2:11 pm | Early Childhood Council

Early Childhood Education centres are being asked to weather COVID-19, the vaccine mandate and teacher shortages, while uncertainty about Pay Parity funding remains. “Our sector is happy to play its part in re-opening the economy, but we’re under ... More >>

Early Learning Centres Need Clarity Before Auckland Level 3 Re-opening

Monday, 4 October 2021, 4:55 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is calling for clarity on plans to allow more children to attend Auckland early learning in Level 3. “Providers are happy to play their part in re-opening - but we’re on the front line. To re-assure parents and teachers, ... More >>

75% Of Early Learning Providers Worse Off By Accepting Pay Parity Offer

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 6:58 am | Early Childhood Council

The government’s early learning teacher Pay Parity offer is failing to deliver on its promise, with three quarters of surveyed providers saying they’d be worse off by opting in. Damning feedback shows the offer designed to close the gap between ... More >>

70% Of Early Learning Providers Reject Or Unsure On Pay Parity Offer

Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 6:57 am | Early Childhood Council

There’s widespread uncertainly about the government’s teacher Pay Parity offer, with 70% of surveyed Early Childhood Council members either rejecting or still unsure, three days before the deadline to opt in. Providers have been given two weeks to ... More >>

Simon Laube Appointed Early Childhood Council CEO

Monday, 27 September 2021, 12:08 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Laube as CEO. Simon Laube joins the ECC from the Ministry of Education, and has a long early learning association in key influential positions, including Principle Advisor ... More >>

Late Pay Parity Red Tape Could See Teachers Miss Out On Pay Rise

Friday, 24 September 2021, 11:08 am | Early Childhood Council

70% of surveyed providers won’t opt in to the government’s Pay Parity offer after months of waiting, meaning teachers could miss out on the pay increase promised by the Minister of Education. “Providers were promised Pay Parity progress and ... More >>

Pay Parity Deal A Broken Promise To Early Learning

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 6:23 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Minister of Education has let down teachers and centres alike with a watered down Pay Parity offer. “It’s a let down for early learning providers and the teachers they employ. Centres don’t want the Kindergarten Teachers Collective Agreement ... More >>

Early learning centres under stress

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 2:45 pm | Early Childhood Council

Level 3 re-opening requirements putting early learning centres under stress Early learning providers are being put in an impossible situation by the Ministry of Education’s requirements to re-open in Alert Level 3. Early Childhood Education centres are being ... More >>

Government Short-changes ECE Teachers’ Pay Parity Funding

Thursday, 5 August 2021, 10:45 am | Early Childhood Council

Early learning centres say the government’s $170m budget initiative to close the pay gap between kindergarten and early learning centre teachers is short-changing the sector to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars and is unaffordable to ... More >>

Twenty Day Wait Is Too Long For Police Checks

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 6:27 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is calling on the Police to reduce the time required for a pre-employment Vet Report from twenty to five days through proper resourcing, to give small businesses certainty in recruiting. “I sympathise with the Police ... More >>

ECE Centres Need More Support Through RSV Outbreak

Friday, 9 July 2021, 3:31 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council has called for more support for early learning centres coping with the RSV outbreak. “We’re told this is outbreak is business as usual – it doesn’t feel that way to us,” said ECC CEO Peter Reynolds. “A growing ... More >>

Peter Reynolds To Step Down As Early Childhood Council CEO

Friday, 9 July 2021, 9:10 am | Early Childhood Council

After more than a decade leading the Early Childhood Council, CEO Peter Reynolds announced he is to step down at the Council’s Annual General Meeting this evening. “Leading the ECC in partnership with the Executive has been my absolute pleasure, ... More >>

Border Exemption For Early Learning Teachers, 80 Discretionary Hours Welcomed By Providers

Saturday, 3 July 2021, 4:09 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council has welcomed today’s announcement of a new Border Exemption class for up to 300 qualified teachers to enter New Zealand, and discretionary hours rising to 80. “In a severe teacher crisis, this is a real boost,” said ... More >>

Employment Conditions For Private Businesses Bill To Pass Despite ECE Sector Opposition

Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 6:28 am | Early Childhood Council

A Bill giving the Education Minister power to impose employment conditions on private ECE businesses is set to be passed, despite strong opposition from the early learning sector. Over 560 submissions were received on the Education and Training (Grants—Budget ... More >>