The best early childhood education - every child is worth it.

NZEI members believe every child is worth the best early childhood education New Zealand can possibly provide, and a great start in life. Research shows that children have huge amounts to gain from high-quality ECE which has powerful life-long positive impacts on their health, well-being, and later education.But since 2010, the Government's funding decisions have undermined the opportunity for every child to access the very best early childhood education. And while many children get a fantastic early childhood education from qualified, dedicated professional teachers, others can't.

New Zealand can afford to provide quality ECE. That's why we're asking the Government to commit to funding for quality, teacher-led ECE as a right for every child.

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People working in ECE have been underpaid and undervalued for too long. But we can change all that if we stick together.

Be part of our historic campaign for pay equity in ECE.

Has your MP signed the pledge?

We've been asking members of parliament to pledge to ensure every child can get the best Early Childhood Education possible by:

  1. Restoring funding to ECE that has been cut over the past six years
  2. Reducing teacher to child ratios and group sizes
  3. Restoring the goal of 100 percent trained teachers in ECE

Paid PD for Te Whāriki

Our children’s learning is worth investing in, which is why ECE teachers should have a paid release day to unpack and analyse the updated Te Whāriki.

Unfortunately, at this stage, the government plans only to provide some funding to identify and work with “curriculum champions”.

But what about everyone else? Will you have the time and energy to look at it after a full day at work? Or on the weekend? Primary teachers received paid release time and we think ECE teachers should have it too.

Activities and resources

Spread the word and show your support for our campaign!  These activities are designed to work with adults or children to produce things you can use to make our campaign visible in your workplace and community.

What's been happening

Wellington mayor says “Every Child is Worth It”

02 Jun 2017

Our campaign to restore funding for early childhood education gained a high profile supporter this week, in the form of Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. Justin has signed up as a community supporter of the campaign alongside child advocacy groups and employers in early childhood education. Tellingly, above the title of Mayor, Justin signed the pledge…

A message of support from Eva McGauley

22 May 2017

We’ve just received this great message from Eva McGauley supporting our campaign. Eva is a young activist working to help end sexual violence in New Zealand, and support the survivors. Hello my name is Eva McGauley. I’m 17 and run a nationwide campaign called EvasWish. I had an amazing start to my education thanks to a…

Display at Irmgard Ritchie Kindergarten

08 Mar 2017

After their NZEI paid union meeting Rowena, Lyn, Christi, Tania and Kelly at Irmgard Ritchie Kindergarten put up hearts posters around the kindergarten. “We spoke to our whānau about the importance of 100 percent qualified ECE teachers, the funding cuts, and what we are asking from the government.  We also gave them handouts.”  

Getting started with Every Child activities and resources

21 Feb 2017

Every time someone organises an Every Child Is Worth It campaign event, they bring their own ideas and focus to the event. We’ve seen some great activities so far! If you’re planning your own event, check out these case studies for an idea of things to try. Community centre – campaign launch This event took place at 10am…

Strathmore child’s heart drawing

16 Dec 2016

Wonderful drawing from child at Strathmore Kindergarten #everychildisworthit #betterfunding Keep them coming! pic.twitter.com/YmZM4r3rAe — NZEI Te Riu Roa (@NZEICampaigns) December 14, 2016

Use the hearts your way

16 Dec 2016

Alongside events at centres, teachers have been writing their own messages on hearts and sharing them on Twitter and Facebook. This is a great way to help share the message of our campaign and what is important in  your worksite.

Campaign for Better Funding in South Auckland

15 Dec 2016

Staff, parents and children at Finlayson Park Childcare Centre celebrated the launch of a campaign to end Government’s the six-year funding freeze of early childhood education. The campaign called “Every Child is Worth It” seeks to reverse a six year trend of diminishing income for early childhood centres that has forced many to reduce the…

Every Child Is Worth It launched on the Shore

15 Dec 2016

Parents, children and staff from Highbury House Early Learning Centre enjoyed speeches, art activities, song and cake at tyhe launch of the funding campaign on Auckland’s North Shore. With National Leadership Group member Julia de Jong as M.C., the children welcomed everyone with waiata and we then heard a heartfelt speech from parent Kirsten Whylie.…

Children who know they’re worth it

13 Dec 2016

Hataitai Kindergarten has sent in these wonderful works of art by their tamariki. Great job at spreading the “Every Child Is Worth It” message, Hataitai Kindergarten! Your centre can also join in by downloading heart posters here. Please send your heart pictures to NZEI PO Box 466 Wellington 6140, as we are collecting them to use in…

News roundup – launch of Every Child is Worth It

11 Nov 2016

The launch of Every Child is Worth It on 7 November 2016 received publicity all over New Zealand. Union pushing to restore quality ECE teacher funding – Manukau Courier “‘Every child is worth it,’ is the mantra of a new campaign by education union NZEI Te Riu Roa to put an end to a six-year early…