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

Our kindergarten has 19 tamariki with additional needs (almost one third of our roll). We have ESW support for only 3 of these tamariki. With a 1:10 ratio we struggle to adequately support and effectively teach all our tamariki to the standard they deserve. Having 2 year old’s within this 1:10 ratio also adds to our stress load as their needs require more one to one support. We need lower child : adult ratios and more funding for timely ESW support for tamariki with diverse needs.

What will it take to fix staff to student ratios?

More funding.

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

It would allow more one to one time for intentional teaching.

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