Government to blame for kindergarten teacher cuts
15 October 2015
NZEI says the funding crisis forcing kindergartens to cut qualified teachers is a direct result of the government policy
that puts quantity ahead of quality in early childhood education.
“Quite frankly, for the past few years kindergartens have been using up all their reserves to stay afloat and maintain
quality teaching but now they’ve run out of options,” says NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter.
“This is direct consequence of the government’s decision to no longer fund 100 percent qualified teaching along with no
real increase in ongoing funding.
He says the decision by Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens, the association which runs 85 non-profit community-based
kindergartens in the Wellington region, to cut qualified teaching staff was set in train back in 2010 when the
government made that decision.
“Since then kindergartens have restructured and jumped through all sorts of hoops to maintain quality teaching but now
have no other option but to start laying off qualified teachers.
“How can the government claim to be promoting quality early childhood education when this situation is a direct result
of its policies?
“This is going to have long term consequences for children and their education, especially those who struggle or come
from more challenging backgrounds.”
NZEI has been meeting with teachers in kindergartens around the Wellington region and more meetings are scheduled over
the next few days.
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as
early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New
Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.