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Fair pay from the early years in Tauranga

Papamoa Kindergarten head teacher Gill Wright with some of her kids last year. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

A number of Tauranga kindergartens are the latest to come on board with securing a fair living wage for its employees.

Inspired Kindergartens has announced it has become a Living Wage Employer from July 30.

The business offers quality preschool education to over 900 children through its network of 20 kindergartens and home based education services.

In the local area there are centres in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Te Puke.

Principal Peter Monteith says the move will affect kindergarten administrators, cleaners and teacher aides all of whom have a significant impact on the lives of children and families at Inspired Kindergartens. 

“There is a history of low pay for teachers’ aides in the education sector. Often teacher aides work with our most vulnerable children and the fact that the majority of them are paid minimum wage, is a matter of concern.

“We are taking a principled stand and we hope it is picked up by other education providers and the Ministry of Education.

“We believe that quality education requires that we value our people. This move enables us to continue to provide the type of education and care that we want for all of our children.”

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