Moeawa Fransen

Kathy Wolfe – Early Childhood Workers Struggle

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Bicultural early childhood education training organization Te Rito Maioha says early childhood teachers do not feel supported.

Bicultural early childhood education training organization Te Rito Maioha says early childhood teachers do not feel supported.

Chief executive Kathy Wolfe said the sector is struggling with labor shortages due to Covid and winter illnesses, and kaiako feel undervalued in their wages.

Treasury documents show the government did not fully fund pay equity in the May budget so it could stay within a spending envelope.

Ms. Wolfe says people still want to enter the profession.

“What we do as an organization to defend our early childhood services, the employer and Kaiako are working alongside the government to address challenges such as pay equity, labor shortages, getting a very good attraction in the profession, but it’s just not happening as quickly as we would have liked, ”she says.

Kathy Wolfe