A quality early childhood education is a great start in life.
We think that every child is worth the best early childhood education New Zealand can possibly provide, and a great start in life.
Research shows that children have huge amounts to gain from high-quality ECE which has powerful life-long positive impacts on their health, wellbeing, and later education.
But while many children get a fantastic early childhood education from qualified, dedicated professional teachers, others can't. The previous Government's decision to freeze core funding means that ECE centres have lost funding of more than $500 per child since 2009. It's led to sharp increases to parent fees in some cases, a deterioration of child-to-teacher ratios, and increasing reliance on unqualified staff.
That's got to change. We want the new Government to restore per-child funding and commit to 100% qualified teachers in every ECE service.
New Zealand can afford to provide quality ECE. That's why we campaign for quality, teacher-led ECE as a right for every child.
Mā whero mā pango ka oti ai te mahi - with red and black the work will be done.
We've developed a 10-year strategic plan following a six-month conversation between members and friends of NZEI Te Riu Roa. Our recommendations provide a strong indication to Government of what needs to change in ECE.
Have a Heart Pledge
In the lead-up to the General Election in 2017, we challenged MPs and candidates to sign the Have a Heart Pledge, making a promise to work on restoring early childhood.