We as a society have to push for the increasing recognition that teachers need support, encouragement, respect, and a continuous career path towards improvement and excellence, as they are the only ones in the critical role of preparing our children for challenges of life and the future guardianship of the planet. Could there be a more powerful vocation?
As a nation, we have seen the primary, secondary and tertiary teachers engage in industrial action to highlight working conditions. The early childhood sector is also troubled about the lack of government funding and how funds are allocated.
A quote that we recently came across sums up our current climate, ‘Teachers are not in it for the income. They are in it for the outcome’. A passionate teacher will always be there to go the extra mile and care and be champions for our most vulnerable children in society.
How many of you could rearrange this quote to read: “Centre owners are not in it for the income. They are in it for the outcome”. The next time you reflect on your kindergarten / daycare / preschool / workplace, try to make a difference with visible signs and evidence of significant investment back into the environment for children and teachers, back into resources for children and teachers, and most of all, back into the well-being of children and teachers.
If you don’t see these things, then put pressure on:
- your ECE centre to divert funding to where it counts,
- Ministry of Education to support with more funding and less regulation, and
- the Government of the day to be bold with long term thinking, backed up with policies that have an immediate effect,
until you do see evidence of things that your child and your teachers deserve.