Kidsfirst North Canterbury teaching teams - Kaiapoi North, Vickery Street and Rangiora’s Bush Street and King Street - got together to celebrate kindergarten’s journey to pay parity and 20 years of the Te Whāriki curriculum in ECE...
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Kidsfirst North Canterbury teaching teams - Kaiapoi North, Vickery Street and Rangiora’s Bush Street and King Street - got together to celebrate kindergarten’s journey to pay parity and 20 years of the Te Whāriki curriculum in ECE.
“It was an informal gathering for our local teaching teams and past teachers, that we’d decided to do after Kidsfirst’s health and safety hui,” says Kidsfirst Bush Street Teacher, Tracy Gillespie.
“It was just lovely to get together as we don’t often have the chance to socialize,” says Tracy. “We had a wonderful catch up and cut a delicious cake (courtesy of NZEI) with the words ‘Te Whāriki’ and it’s emblem on the icing.”
The campaign for kindergarten teachers in New Zealand to achieve equal pay - in line with their primary and secondary school colleagues - began more than 30 years ago.
It was an issue first raised publicly in 1975 during International Women’s Year. Over the years many dedicated activists, educationalists, union members, teachers and a wide range of community supporters, pushed to achieve this goal.
Tracy explains how North Canterbury Kidsfirst kindergarten teachers had played their part in the movement, “they joined the throng of 1700 people in a march down High Street in Rangiora in and were also involved in a nation-wide teachers strike to support pay parity.”
NZEI (New Zealand’s Educational Institute), Te Riu Roa, managed to negotiate and complete equal pay parity by 2006, an achievement that involved a series of five pay increases spread over four years.
“The achievement of ECE pay parity in 2006 was a real kindergarten milestone for Kidsfirst,” says Tracy. “During our get together we also took the opportunity to celebrate 20 years of Te Whāriki - our world-renowned ECE curriculum.”
Tracy continues, “This government-issued curriculum document (published in 1996) has really stood the test of time - it’s enduring, thorough, amazing, groundbreaking and hugely important from a bicultural aspect.”
What fantastic reasons to get together to celebrate!
North Canterbury Kidsfirst kindergarten teachers got together to celebrate two very important ECE milestones - pay parity with school teachers in 2006 and 20 years of Te Whāriki.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.