What does the issue of staff to student ratios mean for you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?

It means we cannot actively keep tamariki safe when we have 20 tamariki and 2 kaiako.

Who is out ensuring tamariki are safe when you are stuck in the bathroom changing nappies for half an hour?

Then add the complexities of children with behavioural needs constantly needing to be shadowed. Quality is gone, it’s now about survival and questioning why is this my life!

What will it take to fix staff to student ratios?

Better ratios of kaiako to tamariki or even ensure each kindergarten has a teacher aide the entire day to support the jobs that remove the trained kaiako from the floor. This would bring back quality.

When we fix staff to student ratios, what impact will that change have on you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?

I will begin to enjoy my job again and the tamariki will have better learning outcomes from my sense of enjoyment.

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