22 Nov 2023

Cabinet papers show early childhood teachers miss out on pay rises

From Morning Report, 7:27 am on 22 November 2023

A Cabinet paper shows the Education Ministry underestimated the cost of passing on school and kindergarten teachers' pay rises to early childhood teachers by a quarter of a billion dollars over four years.

The document shows the government reviewed early childhood funding after it realised it could not afford the full cost of increasing early childhood subsidies to help centres pay their teachers the same as teachers in other sectors.

Our education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.