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Wellington mayor says “Every Child is Worth It”

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…

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Children who know they’re worth it

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…

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News roundup – launch of Every Child is Worth It

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…

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Early childhood education faces yet another funding squeeze in 2016

Kindergartens and early childhood education services face an even bigger battle to maintain quality teaching and learning following the Budget announcement that there will be no increase in funding. This is the fifth year in a row that funding for early childhood education has effectively been frozen, said NZEI National President Louise Green. “This year funding…

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Missed opportunity to fund quality ECE

Any hope of extra funding to maintain quality standards in the 2015 Budget has disappeared with the announcement of just $74.9 million over four years to cover increased and earlier participation. Centres effectively face a funding cut with no increase in the ECE operations grant to account for inflation. NZEI Te Riu Roa, Te Rito…

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Submission on the provision of ECE services

On December 8, NZEI Te Riu Roa delivered a submission to the Productivity Commission addressing the provision of ECE services in Aotearoa. The Productivity Commission outlined their inquiry into the provision of a broad range of social services in June 2014. The outline specifically included Early Childhood Education in this inquiry. The goal of the…

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The Kindergarten Journey

My son was just two-and-a-half years old when he started kindergarten. On his first day, I wondered how my baby would cope being away from me for the first time. I hung around outside for half an hour after dropping him off, half expecting a phone call, before dragging myself away. I rang at lunchtime…

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Treasuring our Children

The theme for this year’s Children’s Day on March 2 is “Treasure our Children”. With quality early education central to that theme, NZEI Te Riu Roa is highlighting the importance of qualified teachers for the under fives. We have been targeting community newspapers with articles about local ECE centres and the difference qualified teachers make…

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