May 12, 2020
Budget boost puts ECE teachers on track to pay parity
Primary teachers union NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming increased pay for the lowest-paid qualified teachers in early childhood education.
This week’s Budget will include $151 million over four years to increase the subsidies paid to early childhood centres, which will allow them to play catch up in staff pay rates.
The previous Government increased kindergarten funding rates to meet the cost of pay settlements and did not pass on the same increase to education and care services
NZEI matua takawaenga Laures Park says it’s a great first step towards pay parity for early childhood teachers.
"It has been going on for some time and it varies within the sector itself so that is what our issue is, come on, pay everybody the same in the same area rather than some people, getting 30 or 40 per cent more than others, That's just not fair," she says.
The change should also affect members working in kōhanga reo, although they have a different pay formula.
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