ECE centres calling on Ministry of Education to run 100% funding band numbers again
Early Childhood Council analysis shows the newly reinstated 100% qualified teacher funding band will be worth less than it was in 2020 – leaving centres short once more.
In July 2021, centres will receive $12.77 per child per hour funding for the twenty free hours funding.
Adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index*, the figure should be $13.09 per child per hour.
That means centres are missing out on $0.32 per child per hour in funding, which will hit centres’ already stretched budgets hard.
“Simply, the less funding, the harder it is to run a centre. We welcome the 100% qualified teaching band back, but it’s disappointing to see it short-changed,” said ECC CEO Peter Reynolds.
The 100% qualified teacher funding band was abolished for community and privately-owned centres in 2011, and re-introduced in the May 2020 budget.
The ECC is calling on the Ministry of Education to run the numbers again.
*ECC calculations use the ANZ’s April forecast for expected inflation for 2021