The years of discovery…
What happens in kindergarten, matters for a lifetime
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” – Fredrick Froebel, founder of kindergarten
Children are innovators, problem solvers, communicators and leaders. At kindergarten, they learn about science, mathematics, technology, language and literacy, music and art. Teachers create learning environments where children are valued, happy and safe, where their identity and culture is celebrated, and where children can explore and learn about the world around them, developing skills and growing knowledge and understanding. Together with families and whānau, qualified teachers extend and progress children’s learning, supporting every child to be competent and confident in their world.
Kia ora, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, kia orana, fakatalofa atu, malo ni, mauri – welcome to kindergarten.
NZK Chief Executive Jill Bond presents the Chief Executive’s Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2019 with sign interpretation provided by ISign (www.isign.co.nz). Captions are also available.
The yes vote for the kindergarten teachers’ pay rise is a good result, says NZ Kindergartens Chief Executive Jill Bond.
The organisation represents more than 440 kindergartens. Its teachers have voted to accept an 18.5 per cent pay increase.
“Retaining pay parity with the compulsory sector demonstrates the value of kindergarten teachers and the role that they play in the early years of learning and development.”
New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive Jill Bond applauds the Government for taking a wellbeing approach to the 2019 Budget and supporting mental health and addiction services. However, she says that the limited investment in kindergartens is disappointing.
“Many of our kindergartens are struggling to make ends meet and while the funding change from 2020 will help it will not significantly relieve the current financial pressures” Jill says.