What does professional time mean for you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?
It means time to support families and children. Unfortunately much of this time is now consumed with legislative requirements. Head teachers are actually completing two positions in the kindergarten. They have all the roles of a teacher plus the additional roles required of a head teacher. Associations employ one person for two positions.
The requirements of head teachers are not reflected in salary or time.
Non contact time is professional time where teachers use their expertise to support and strengthen the learning for kindergarten communities. This time is where the magic of kindergarten begins.
What will it take to fix the limitations on professional time?
Respect for kindergarten teachers and the professional duties necessary. Time is the key factor. Head teachers should not be included in ratios.
When we fix professional time, what impact will that change have on you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?
When teachers are given the professional time required they will be able to focus on their priorities – children and families.