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Staff Benefits and Wages Guide

The Staff Benefits and Wages Guide for Employers. We provide data on usual and common benefits provided to staff, such as discounted childcare, and by which services. Data on pay rates at different services, for staff in different positions and […]

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Getting Relievers and Managing Relief Staff

An early childhood reliever is a much welcome part to any ECE service. Teachers and home-based coordinators will require annual or sick leave, or you may need someone to fill in, while you look for a new staff member. Whatever […]

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Staff Discipline and Competence Policy

DISCIPLINE AND COMPETENCE POLICY.   A template to use for your discipline and competence policy. Date Effective: __/__/20__ Review Date: __/__/202_ Rationale <Service Name> is committed to providing children, staff and whānau with an environment which is safe and welcoming […]

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Staff Lateness for Work or Other Problem Behaviour

Here is what you need to know when deciding how to respond to an employee who is late for work. Late for work – a one off or infrequent occurrence If you pay the employer by the hour you are under no obligation to pay […]

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Mandatory Reporting of Teachers

Here’s information on mandatory reporting of teachers includes for not meeting the required level of competence, dismals and resignations, possible serious misconduct, and criminal convictions. Should a confidentiality agreement be put in place as part of the settlement of an […]

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Job Description Format, Contents, Templates

Creating an effective job description is an important part of the hiring process – across home-based and centre-based services, and all different early childhood services and the roles that are advertised. Templates are available: Relievers / Relief staffStudent teacher, unqualified […]

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Being Inclusive of LGBT Teachers

Equality and acceptance of LGBT teachers in the New Zealand education system is still far from established. Discrimination can be subtle, such as whispering the word ‘gay’ so that the children can’t hear, but can also be obvious and inappropriate […]

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Overtime – Paying Staff for Work Outside Normal Hours

Employers’ obligations and rights on paying staff overtime and when they work outside of normal hours. This article covers what constitutes work outside of normal work hours that an employee must be paid for. NZ employment law that cannot be […]

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Owner Worried about Putting Service at Risk By Employing Men

“I have nothing against employing men – but why put my centre at risk? Parents don’t want a male tending to their child’s personal needs. This is the type of society we now live in.”   owner of an early childhood […]

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Fostering Teamwork

When most teachers/ educators are asked who the most important people in an early childhood service are, they will answer, “The Children”.  Children are the ultimate reason that teachers have chosen a career in early childhood education and probably the […]

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Caring for Yourself When Managing or Leading an ECE Service/s

Caring for yourself when managing a service or in the role of a leader. And, the responsibilities that owners and governance committees must meet in regard to supporting the manager and leaders.  Introduction There seems to be the perception and […]

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Pay Reviews – Why, When and How

Regular annual pay reviews can help in developing and retaining a high-skilled and loyal staff.  Reviewing staff pay is also a useful exercise to ensure that each member of staff is receiving pay that is appropriate and all legal obligations […]

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Formal Warning Letter and Expressing Concern Letter

Here are templates for a letter ‘of concern’ and a letter giving an early childhood employee a formal first or second warning. EXAMPLE LETTER OF CONCERN Private and Confidential DATE Dear <Name> Letter of Concern This letter is to formally […]

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Performance Appraisal: Staff and Manager Appraisals

The Teaching Council no longer requires teachers to participate in an appraisal process – this requirement was replaced with a Professional Growth Cycle requirement. However, the Ministry of Education’s licensing criteria that sits alongside the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations […]

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Redundancy and Making a Position Redundant

Redundancy and the process for making a position redundant. There may not be the work for an employee because child enrolments have dropped, your service is restructuring, or you can not longer afford to keep an employee on. Whatever the […]

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The Difference Between a Salary and a Wage – and Work Hour Maximums

Salary and Wage Differences. An employment contract must state the type of pay an employee will be paid. Wage refers to the amount of money that is paid to an employee, by the hour, and it may vary from one […]

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