Recognising primary teachers in ECE services

Certificated primary teachers can now count as a teacher in an early childhood education service or kōhanga reo for funding purposes.

Funding bands

If you employ a primary teacher at your early childhood education service or kōhanga reo, the teacher can be included when calculating the funding band your service operates on.

Funding rates related to attestation of pay rates for qualified staff

Higher funding rates for education and care services are only available to services that agree to pay all primary and ECE qualified and certificated teachers employed by their service at certain minimum salary levels

No change to the 50% requirement

Recognising primary teachers at your service is for funding purposes only. It doesn’t change the requirement that 50% of staff in an early childhood education service must have a recognised early childhood teaching qualification.

Primary teachers do not count towards the 50% requirement.

Recognising overseas qualifications

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority must assess any primary teacher’s overseas qualifications before they can be recognised. The teacher must also be certificated as a New Zealand teacher.

Person responsible at an early childhood education service

The person responsible for an early childhood education service must hold an early childhood teaching qualification. A primary teacher cannot be the person responsible at your early childhood education service.

 

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