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Ministry Of Education’s Own Data Contradicts Ministerial Advice

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 6:06 am | Early Childhood Council

Fears have been raised that incorrect advice received by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins is affecting decisions around early learning centre closures. This comes after Minister Hipkins said ‘I am advised that ECE closures are fewer than this ... More >>

ECE Needs Flight Plan Overhaul, Not Flying Squads

Monday, 12 April 2021, 2:10 pm | Early Childhood Council

News the Ministry of Education is bringing back a Provider Assessment Group, a ‘surprise visit’ investigation unit that shut down 17 early learning services will only add to providers’ woes. There’s no question safety and quality comes first, and we ... More >>

Anti-choking Confusion Isn’t Going Away

Friday, 9 April 2021, 4:39 pm | Early Childhood Council

If you think the anti-choking guidelines issue has settled down, ask those on the front line trying to make sense of it all. Recent commentary suggests that if the Ministry of Health’s directives are easy to understand and apply, then “...why ... More >>

Early Learning Centre Funding Freeze Turns Ten

Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 11:44 am | Early Childhood Council

In May, it will be ten years since Early Childhood Education centre funding was frozen. Centre owners and managers hope this unwanted milestone will end in this year’s budget. “Underinvestment is everywhere in early learning. Teacher pay ... More >>

Ten Years Too Long To Wait For ECE Centre Funding Increase

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 2:42 pm | Early Childhood Council

Early learning centres are asking the government to include them on pay parity funding increases in the upcoming budget. The government has signalled the pay gap between centre and kindergarten teachers will be closed over the next few budgets. With no ... More >>

Solution To ECE Teacher Shortage Stuck Overseas

Monday, 22 March 2021, 3:28 pm | Early Childhood Council

Early Childhood Education is the latest sector to be hit by managed isolation holdups. Qualified early learning educators set to help solve New Zealand’s early learning teacher shortage are way down the list for spots in MIQ. “The teacher shortage ... More >>

Early Learning Wage Subsidy Applications Fall Off A Cliff

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 1:53 pm | Early Childhood Council

The number of Wage Subsidy applications by early learning providers has dramatically declined since the first lockdown according to an Early Childhood Council survey. While 90% of providers surveyed applied for the subsidy in June 2020, that falls ... More >>

Early Learning Fairness Call Must Extend To Centres

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 2:19 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council welcomes the early learning sector speaking with a united voice on teacher pay parity – but warns that community and privately-owned centres can’t keep missing out. “Resources are tight and must be used strategically. ... More >>

Teachers Still Paid 30% More In Kindergartens Than Centres

Friday, 26 February 2021, 4:39 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Ministry of Education’s own data shows the pay gap between teachers in kindergartens and early learning centres hasn’t gone anywhere. The Ministry’s Early Childhood Education Remuneration Report Summary 2020 shows the average hourly wage for a qualified ... More >>

93% Of ECE Community Want Lunchbox Rules Paused

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 3:39 pm | Early Childhood Council

A poll across the Early Childhood Education community found 93% in favour of pausing the ‘lunchbox rules’, or the Ministry of Education’s new Food Safety/choking changes to the Licensing Criteria, which came into effect on 25 January. “The message ... More >>

ECC Calls For Pause On Lunchbox Rules

Saturday, 23 January 2021, 6:43 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is calling for the implementation of new early learning centre food safety rules to be paused so that issues that have emerged through its roll out can be worked through. The issue is about preventing children from choking, ... More >>

Guidelines, Not Food Police, The Right Approach

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 7:42 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council welcome the new guidelines for child food safety, provided room remains for ECE centre discretion. “We deeply sympathise with everyone involved in the incident that prompted the review, and agree children’s safety is paramount. ... More >>

Surveys Show Limited Support For ECE Pay Equity Claims

Friday, 18 December 2020, 8:40 am | Early Childhood Council

Support for Pay Equity claims in the Early Childhood Education sector is limited, according to Early Childhood Council surveys. The ECC asked if respondents preferred Pay Parity (same pay for the same job), or Pay Equity, (increasing all teachers’ ... More >>

Ministry Of Education High Trust Vision Will Fail If ECE Remains Unequal

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 10:44 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council says the ‘educationally powerful connections’ vision set out in the Ministry of Education’s Briefing for Incoming Education Minister will be handicapped by the broken early learning funding model. The Ministry sees ... More >>

Early Childcare Education needs action, not debate

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 9:51 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council is calling on the government to not take their eye off the ball while working on the future of education. More >>

Immigration NZ changes set to make teacher shortage worse

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 4:30 pm | Early Childhood Council

Kiwi kids are set to keep missing out on early childhood education thanks to conflicting government policy. Recently announced immigration changes are setting the Minister of Education’s Early Childhood Education support package up to fail. More >>

Early Childhood Teacher Shortage Support Package Response

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 5:16 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council welcomes the news today from the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, that he is beginning to recognise the teacher shortage crisis in the early childhood education (ECE) sector and the impacts that this is already ... More >>

Government ignores impending childcare disaster

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 2:07 pm | Early Childhood Council

The latest response by the Ministry of Education to an Official Information Act request confirms nothing is being done to relieve the pressure childcare centres are under as a result of the current teacher shortage. More >>

Early Childhood Council presents petition to Parliament

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:04 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council today delivered a petition to Parliament seeking scrutiny of the way the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is applied to Pasifika early childhood education teachers. More >>

Early learning strategic plan ambitious

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 9:05 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council (ECC) says the draft Strategic Plan for early learning sets ambitious goals to achieve in a decade, given the fact we have a significant teacher shortage in New Zealand currently. More >>