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90% Of Early Learning Centres Say Funding Increase Won’t Cover Skyrocketing Costs

Saturday, 5 June 2021, 1:03 pm | Early Childhood Council

The 1.2% increase in per-child subsides on offer to community and privately owned early learning centres won’t cover rising costs, according to an Early Childhood Council survey. 90% of centres surveyed sad the 1.2% funding boost falls far behind ... More >>

Early Learning Centres Left Shortchanged By Funding Increase

Thursday, 3 June 2021, 8:53 am | Early Childhood Council

  Many early learning providers are questioning if they can afford to opt-in to the teacher Pay Parity funding scale, saying it’s set to leave them worse off, when they can least afford it. “For many, the funding increase won’t cover the ... More >>

Don’t Trojan Horse Kindergarten Conditions Into Centres

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 6:31 am | Early Childhood Council

Community and privately-owned early learning centres are worried conditions they didn’t sign up for will be forced upon them under the latest teacher Pay Parity policy. To keep moving toward Pay Parity, centres must opt in to the Kindergarten ... More >>

Small Budget Boost For Early Learning Centres May Not Be Enough For Some

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 3:21 pm | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council has welcomed the 1.2% increase in operational support for early learning centres announced in today’s Budget, but warns it’s only a start toward what’s required. “We support the continued moves toward Pay Parity, ... More >>

Early Learning Providers Hoping For Budget Lifeline

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 8:27 am | Early Childhood Council

Community and privately owned early learning providers are hoping for a funding boost, alongside the investment in teacher pay, in today’s budget. “Our teachers are at the heart of ECE, and the continued moves to Pay Parity have been welcomed ... More >>

Hope For The Future On Early Learning Funding Review

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 11:30 am | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council has welcomed moves to ECE teacher pay parity, and the Minister’s signals the funding system is set to be overhauled. “While we’re disappointed centres’ rising costs haven’t been addressed today, we’re delighted ... More >>

Early Learning Not Invited To MIQ Lolly Scramble

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 11:38 am | Early Childhood Council

The early learning sector has been excluded from MIQ spaces freed up for refugees, students, and construction and RSE workers. “In the middle of a severe teacher shortage that’s putting early learning centres out of business, we’ve been left ... More >>

Early Learning Centres Asking For Small Slice Of $926m Budget Pie

Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 3:46 pm | Early Childhood Council

Struggling Early Childhood Education providers say a modest part of the $926 million recovery budget would help them stay open and re-invest in the children they care for. Early learning centres were instrumental in allowing essential workers to do ... More >>

One ECC Centre Could Close Every Week In 2021

Friday, 23 April 2021, 6:47 am | Early Childhood Council

2021 could be the year an early learning centre shuts its doors weekly, with a perfect storm of economic factors forcing providers to take desperate measures. “I’d field a call a week from a provider that’s in trouble and facing shutting down,” ... More >>

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 >>