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Te Rito Maioha Says Budget Must Address Long Overdue Funding Gap


Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand is calling on
the Government to find scope in this year’s Budget to
inject well deserved and long overdue funding into the ECE
sector.

Te Rito Maioha Chief Executive Kathy Wolfe
says, “hearing Finance Minister Grant Robertson outlining
the Government’s priorities in the upcoming ‘recovery’
Budget, it’s heartening to know that as well as priorities
for the economy there will be a continued key focus on child
wellbeing.”

“Quality early childhood education is
a critical aspect of child wellbeing. About 97% of children
are in some form of early childhood education in this
country. What is more, it is clear from research that a
child’s first 1000 days of life are of paramount
importance to that child’s development, wellbeing, and
lifelong learning.”

“While we do understand the
unprecedented pressures on the government’s budget at this
time, with the challenges still posed by the Covid 19
pandemic, it is critical for quality early childhood
education in Aotearoa New Zealand that the full ECE sector
achieves parity with kindergartens and primary
teachers.

“This is not incompatible with the
government’s goals for economic renewal, and surely
compatible its focus on child wellbeing”, says Chief
Executive Kathy Wolfe.

“Paying ECE teachers
equitably will help to rebuild and sustain our economy by
supporting families returning to work and rebuilding their
businesses, and by our teachers’ own spending in the
domestic economy.

“Te Rito Maioha supports the calls
fromNZEI Te Riu Roafor an immediate end to the pay
imbalance of up to 31% between ECE teachers and their
counterparts in kindergartens and schools.”

“The
sector has been underfunded for so long. The longer the
Government fails to address this issue, the harder it will
be to retain valued staff in the sector and improve
quality.”

“Our youngest tamariki deserve nothing
less than the best start in their learning
journey.”

The Budget is set to be revealed later
this
month.

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