November 08, 2023
Early childhood teachers ready to make noise
Early childhood teachers from nearly 100 centres nationwide will be at parliament this afternoon to protest for pay parity and better working conditions.
Megan White, the ECE and kindergarten representative for the New Zealand Educational Institute, says the current funding structure means centres which are part of the early childhood collective agreement run at a loss.
Teachers feel undervalued and unappreciated because of lack of parity with other education professionals.
“Now it’s time to make some noise. At 3:30, we’ll be down at Parliament making as much noise as we can. And I guess just getting the issues out there into society and out through the media to let people know about what’s actually happened in early childhood because if you’re not in it and you don’t know then you know, you don’t know to make some change and to keep talking to your MPs and to everybody about issues and get it out there. ECE, we’re making some noise,” Ms Whjite sayssays.
Affected ECE centres will also close from 1pm.