Swings + Roundabouts Winter 2022

Pay Equity Claim update ECC represents 202 employers in the Pay Equity Claim. In recent weeks, a Pay Equity Steering Group has been established. The Steering Group has developed a High-Level Bargaining Strategy. This document will be shared with employers before the Steering Group looks to formally adopt it. ECC has established a special ECC Pay Equity email group – and we will be sending out updates to that group as work progresses and where employers need to give attention to the work and provide feedback. Policy updates A large number of ECC policies have been updated for you to access and guide the writing of your centre policies, including: Child Protection, Animals at the Centre, Alcohol & Drugs, Fees and Vaccination Policies. This responds to ECC member queries and getting things ready for upcoming ECC webinars. You can find these updated policies here: https://www.ecc.org. nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=331 (Policy Management under Centre Support). Membership to ECC - your renewals Our membership year is 1 April to 31 March. Please note that if your membership expired on 31st March 2022 you will not be able to log in to the ECC website or sign up for events under member pricing. Contact admin@ecc.org.nz if you require another copy of your invoice. Nau mai, haere mai The Early Childhood Council (ECC) warmly welcomes the following early learning centres that recently joined the ECC: ● Kainga Tamarki Early Learning Centre, Kihikihi ● Little Poppy's Preschool, Auckland ● The Forest ECE, Cambridge ● Minimee Early Childhood Education, Auckland ● Burnham Country Montessori, Christchurch ● The Village Early Learning Centre, Auckland ● Capital Montessori School, Wellington ● Kelburn Preschool and Nursery, Wellington ● Collectively Kids, Auckland ● Natural Steps, Auckland ● Nature Kids Motueka, Motueka ● My Kindy Ltd (Tiny Stars, Bright Sparks), Auckland ● Explore & Flourish Early Learning, Mt Maunganui ● Premier Preschool Johnsonville, Wellington ● Biggles Childcare, Auckland ● Kakapo Creek Children's Garden, Auckland ● Harbour View Kindergarten, Auckland ● ACG Parnell Early Learning School, Auckland ● Highbury House ELC, Auckland ● Kiwi Kids Childcare, Auckland ● Tiny Smiles Early Learning Centre, New Plymouth (Provisional) ● Rhyme and Reason, Christchurch (Provisional) ● Ako Early Learning, Papamoa (Provisional) ECC will be renewing its focus on the pay parity policy. From June we will be running a centrebased sector-wide salary and wages survey to help shine a light on the situation. ECC wants pay parity to work and does not condone the pressure to raise fees to parents to pay for it, or reduce service quality (like ratios) or simply close. 30 62 55 12 8 ECC survey on centre fee increases in 2022 (23 May; n =167) No fee increases (0%) 1-5% 6-10% 11-15% Higher than 15% A recent survey of attendees at a post-Budget 2022 ECC webinar (where the focus was the new extended pay parity initiative), showed that 82% of centres were contemplating or already had raised fees by significant margins. Only 30% were not raising fees at all (n = 167). June 2022 { 10 }