Circular 2007/11 - Attestation: Registered teachers' salaries

Education Circular 
This circular is about new rates for Attestation: Registered Teachers’ Salaries applicable from 1 July 2007.

Date: 16 July 2007
Circular Number: 2007/11
Category: Funding


Early Childhood Education Funding - Attestation: Registered Teachers' Salaries

This circular is about: New rates for Attestation: Register Teachers' Salaries applicable from 1 July 2007.

This circular replaces:
Education Circular 2006/05 Attestation: Registered Teachers' Salaries.

The action required is: Services are to assess whether each employed registered teacher in the service is paid at least at the level identified in this circular.

ECE Funding Handbook 2005: This circular is to be read as part of the Early Childhood Education Funding Handbook (2005).

Services should retain a copy of this circular with the Early Childhood Education Funding Handbook.

It is intended for: All managers, management committee members, owners, and registered teachers in teacher-led, centre-based, services.

For further Information contact:
Resourcing Division Contact Centre
Ministry of Education, PO Box 1666, Wellington.
Phone: 0800 323-323 Fax: 04 463 8374
Email: resourcing@minedu.govt.nz


Introduction

This circular outlines the levels employed registered teachers are to be paid so a service can positively attest to meeting the attestation funding condition. Positive attestation may result in access to higher funding rates.

All teacher-led, centre-based, services are required to attest either `yes' or `no' to paying registered teachers' salaries at least at the levels identified in this circular.

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What is the funding requirement?

Funding condition

All education and care services that want to access higher funding rates1 are required to attest either yes or no to paying all employed Registered Teachers at least at the level identified in this circular.

The levels stated in this circular are based on the entry levels of the Early Childhood Teacher/Kaiako in the Consenting Parties Early Childhood Collective Agreement2.

Key objective

The objective of Attestation: Registered Teachers' Salaries is to ensure that registered teachers employed in education and care services are recognised, and rewarded, for providing quality early childhood education. Recognising and rewarding teachers for providing quality will further strengthen the early childhood education work-force.

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What are the required levels?

Required levels

For ECE funding purposes, the required levels employed registered teachers are to be paid are:

  As at 1 July 2006 As at 1 July 2007
Annual Salary
Gross)
Hourly Rate
(Gross)
Annual Salary
(Gross)
Hourly Rate
(Gross)
Q1 entry $27,726 $13.33 $27,726 $13.33
Q2 entry $29,858 $14.35 $29,858 $14.35
Q3 entry $34,098 $16.39 $35,177 $16.91
Q3+ entry     $36,307 $17.45

 

Qualification categories

The qualification categories are as follows:

Qualification Category3 Explanatory Notes
Q1 entry A teacher holding a Diploma of Teaching ECE or its equivalent.3

Q2 entry A teacher holding either:
  • Diploma of Teaching ECE or its equivalent as well as a Higher Diploma of Teaching; or
  • Diploma of Teaching ECE or its equivalent as well as two thirds of a degree relevant to ECE
Q3 entry A teacher holding one of the following:
  • ECE Teaching Degree; or
  • Diploma of Teaching ECE or its equivalent as well as an Advanced Diploma of Teaching; or
  • Diploma of Teaching ECE and a degree recognised as relevant to ECE.
Q3+ entry A teacher holding either a:
  • bachelors degree as well as a Diploma of Teaching or its equivalent; or
  • conjoint degree with a bachelors degree of teaching; or
  • honours degree of teaching; or
  • advanced Diploma of Teaching as well asa level 7, 120 credit relevant specialist diploma; or
  • bachelors degree of teaching as well as a level 7, 120 credit relevant specialist diploma.

Example 1:

If a permanently employed full time registered teacher holds an ECE Teaching Degree (i.e. Q3 entry), then the teacher is to be paid at least an annual salary of $34,098 (or hourly rate of $16.39) up to 30 June 2007. From 1 July 2007, this teacher is to be paid at least an annual salary of $35,177 (or hourly rate of $16.91).

Example 2:

For a part time employed registered teacher a service can choose to use either the annual salary (pro rata) or the hourly pay rates. For example, if a service's permanently employed part time registered teacher holds an ECE Teaching Degree (i.e. Q3 entry) and works for 15 hours each week, the appropriate level of pay can be calculated as follows:

Option A: Hourly Rate

For teachers on an hourly pay rate, the required level would be $16.39 per hour up to 30 June 2007, and $16.91 per hour from 1 July 2007.

Option B: Pro Rata the Annual Salary

If a part time teacher is paid a salary rather than an hourly wage, the annual pro rata salary up to 30 June 2007 can be calculated as follows:

  • Step One: 15 [hours of work] divided by 40 [Full Time Hours] = 0.375; and
  • Step Two: Multiply the annual salary of $34,098 by 0.375 = $12,786.75. $12,786.75 is the part time teacher's annual salary.

From 1 July 2007 the part time teacher's salary can be calculated as follows:

  • Step One: 15 [hours of work] divided by 40 [Full Time Hours] = 0.375; and
  • Step Two: Multiply the annual salary of $35,177 by 0.375 = $13,191.38. $13,191.38 is the part time teacher's annual salary.

Salaries reflect total remuneration

The levels cited on this page reflect total remuneration for employed registered teachers. Employers may decide to include further allowances for employed registered teachers - this is a matter for employers and employees.

Changes

The Ministry of Education will continue to publish the minimum required annual salary and hourly pay rates as and when they change.

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How does attestation 'fit' with the funding cycle?

Funding months

The application of annual salary levels/hourly pay rates against early childhood education funding months is as follows:

Funding Payment Services reporting for months of... Services to be paying at least at this level...
1 Jul 07 Feb, Mar, Apr, and May 07 Levels as at 1 July 2006
1 Nov 07 Jun 07; and Levels as at 1 July 2006
Jul, Aug, and Sept 07 Levels as at 1 July 2007
1 Mar 08 Oct, Nov and Dec 07 and Jan 08 Levels as at 1 July 2007
1 Jul 08 Jun 08; Levels as at 1 July 2007
and Jul, Aug and Sept 08 To be determined

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How do services attest?

Attestation table

Services should attest in the following way:

If your service... Then... And...
Employs registered teachers; and each registered teacher is paid at least at the required level from 1 July 2007... Attest by ticking the yes box in section Attestation: Registered Teachers' Salaries on the RS7 funding form... Your service will be eligible to receive either the funding rate identified by the proportion of registered teachers in your service (through the Staff Hour Count) or the protected rate(s) of funding.
Employs registered teachers; but each registered teacher is not paid at least at the required level from 1 July 2007... Attest by ticking the no box in section Attestation: Registered Teachers' Salaries on the RS7 funding form... Your service will be funded at either the protected rate(s) of funding or the lowest level of funding (that is the 0-24% registered teachers funding band).
Does not employ any registered teachers (e.g. Person Responsible requirement is met solely by the owner(s))... Attest by ticking the no box in section Attestation: Registered Teachers' Salaries on the RS7 funding form... Write `no employees' in the same table; and your service will be eligible to receive either the funding rate identified by the proportion of registered teachers in your service (through the staff hour count result) or the protected rate of funding.

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What do the terms mean?

What does 'all employed' mean?

The term all employed means each registered teacher who is employed primarily as an employee of the service (that is, they are working for hire or reward under a contract of service). Employed registered teachers could be:

  • permanent full or part time teachers;
  • relief teachers (either short or long term); or
  • fixed term contractors (ie contract of service is in place).

Which 'Registered Teachers'?

For ECE Funding purposes, the term registered teacher means an ECE teacher who:

  1. Holds a current Practising Certificate (as issued by the New Zealand Teachers' Council) that is categorised as one of the following:
    - Full registration;
    - Provisional registration; or
    - Registered subject to confirmation; and
  2. Holds a relevant ECE teaching qualification.

What does 'at least at the level' mean?

The term at least at the level means the service is paying all employed registered teachers' salaries at, or above, the minimum level identified above.

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What are the record-keeping requirements?

Record-keeping requirements

All education and care services' attestation results will be verified to confirm that each registered teacher was paid at least at the required level. Services are, therefore, required to maintain information to assist with verification. This information will include copies of qualifications and current practising certificates already required to be held, and records to confirm salary or wage levels.

The term record refers to a document(s) that clearly identifies the:

  • annual salary (or hourly pay rate) each employed registered teacher is paid;
  • time period for which each employed registered teacher was paid at this level; and
  • the employer and employee's signatures (or signatures of authorised representatives).

The Ministry of Education will not seek to verify other employment conditions as part of this process.

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Further Advice

ECE Funding Questions

If you require further information on the changes to the early childhood education funding system, you can talk with the Ministry of Education's Resourcing Contact Centre:
Phone: (04) 463 8383
Fax: (04) 463 8374
Email: resourcing@minedu.govt.nz
Postal Address: P O Box 1666, Wellington, New Zealand.

EC Regulatory Questions

If you require further information or guidance on your early childhood education regulatory requirements, contact your local Ministry of Education office.

Teacher Registration Questions

If you require further information or guidance about teacher registration, you can contact the New Zealand Teachers' Council:
Phone: (04) 471 0852
Fax: (04) 471 0870
Email: inquiries@teacherscouncil.govt.nz
Physical Address: 93 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand.
Postal Address: P O Box 5326, Wellington, New Zealand.

Consenting Parties Agreement

If you require further information about the Consenting Parties Early Childhood Collective Agreement, you can contact either of the following organisations:

  • Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa NZ Childcare Association - Phone: (04) 473 4672 or, www.nzca.ac.nz; or
  • New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa - Phone (04) 384 9689 (National Office), or www.nzei.org.nz

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Issued by:

Paul Burke
Resourcing Division
Te Wāhanga Whakarato Rawa

National Office
45 - 47 Pipitea Street, Thorndon
PO Box 1666, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: 0800 323-323
Fax: 0-4-463 8374
Email: resourcing@minedu.govt.nz
Web: www.minedu.govt.nz

1. Funding rates applicable from 1 July 2007 are available at www.minedu.govt.nz. These rates will be updated with changes as they occur.
2. The Consenting Parties Early Childhood Collective Agreement is negotiated by NZEI Te Riu Roa and a group of ECE employers.
3. For a list of approved qualifications you can contact the New Zealand Teachers' Council.



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