What does the issue of staff to student ratios mean for you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?
The care and learning of tamariki is seriously compromised particularly for tamariki between age 2 and 3 where there is lots of caregiving around rituals such as settling, nappy changing, toileting, putting tamariki to bed and monitoring sleeping tamariki. Whilst working on rituals we are not responding too and extending learning of other tamariki.
What will it take to fix staff to student ratios?
More qualified teachers.
When we fix staff to student ratios, what impact will that change have on you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?
Enjoyment of teaching. Without improved ratios I will leave my Head Teacher position. I will leave teaching. With current ratios quality is compromised.