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Early Learning Action Plan risks more pressure on ECE centres

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The Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Action Plan risks making the ECE teacher shortage worse by heaping unnecessary additional regulation on centres.

"We’re not convinced the push for a 100% qualified teacher target will improve children’s education."

"In the real world, our members are already bogged down in regulation - counting teachers on the floor and completing sign-in sheets isn’t teaching," said Early Childhood Council CEO Peter Reynolds.

The push to make 100% qualified teachers in centres compulsory minimises choice for parents and affects the special nature of some services and how they meet their communities’ needs.

In the current teacher shortage, it potentially encourages unnecessary inter-service poaching and competitiveness.

"Developing advice around teacher ratios, group sizes, centre design and how our members serve their communities is to be applauded."

"But the government can’t keep heaping regulation on ECE centres and forcing them to find qualified teachers that don’t exist without increasing funding. Something has to give," said Mr Reynolds.

The ECC will continue to work through the Action Plan’s detail and seek more clarity on how the push for 100% qualified teachers improves early childhood education in New Zealand, for children, teachers and centres.

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