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Frequently Asked Questions: Fee Review


He aha te tikanga o tenei kaupapa?

Tiakina a tatau tamaiti, manaakitia o tatau kaiako, ma te mana me te orangatonutanga o te reo me ona tikanga, hei whakawhanake ake ai, te tuakiri, te pito mata me te oranga o te whanau whanui tonu.

Why the fee review?

Central to providing high quality care and education for tamaiti, is our Kaiako. The 2 minute Nga Kuaka video animation describes this in more detail.

What does the fee review have to do with providing a high level of care and education for my tamaiti?

Kaiako are the number one biggest asset of Nga Kuaka in providing care and education for tamaiti, and in an effort to value their contribution, whanau agreed to achieve pay-parity between Nga Kuaka salary bands and ECE salary bands in 3 years.

What is pay parity?

Pay parity relates to the agreed salary bands in the Nga Kuaka Collective agreement. The current salary bands across most bands are lower than ECE salary bands in the ECE Collective agreement.

How is the fee reviewed?

20 ECE centers were researched identifying the fees for under 3 years of age and over 3 years of age. These findings confirmed that, compared to the 20 ECE centers, Nga Kuaka whanau pay 41% less, on average for tamaiti under 3 years of age, and 53% less on average for tamaiti over 3 years of age.

How were the fee increases calculated?

To achieve pay parity in 3 years, 3 year budget simulations for 2018, 2019 and 2020 were presented to whanau at the hui-a-whanau held on the 13th September 2017. These simulations calculated that to achieve pay parity in 3 years the fees needed to increase by $30.50 per week, per child over 3 years and $44.50 per week, per child under 3 years of age.

Can Nga Kuaka apply for grants to help?

Yes grants are always an option, however to help pay for wages, a more permanent and reliable revenue stream needs to be secured - such as fees.

So what will my fee increase be spent on?

1. Salaries

2. Professional learning and developement for Kaiako

3. Tamariki resources or furniture & fittings

4. Papataakaro (new playground)

How will my fee increase result in better care and education for my tamaiti?

1. Whanau are asked to complete the quality care and education survey, of which the findings will be presented to the leadership team for review and consideration, and be reported on at the next hui-a-whanau on the 11th October 2017.

2. Kaiako Job Descriptions will be reviewed by Komiti Mahi.

When will the fees increase?

The fee increases are planned to take effect on 8 January 2018, however whanau have only "agreed in principle" to the fee increases.

What does "Agreed in Principle" mean?

Whanau have stipulated that fee increases are subject to the following actions to be completed:

1. The “Quality Care and Education” survey at www.ngakuaka.org be completed by whanau before 10pm, Thursday 28th September 2017.

2. Key Findings report be produced and presented to the leadership team.

3. The leadership team report back to whanau.

4. To work alongside Komiti Mahi to review Kaiako job descriptions”

What will the fee increases be exactly?

OVER 3 YEARS OF AGE: Current fee: $99; 2018 fee: $110.50; 2019 fee: $121; 2020 fee $129

UNDER 3 YEARS OF AGE: Current fee: $159; 2018 fee: $175; 2019 fee: $190; 2020 fee: $203.50

What do I need to do?

Complete the Quality care and education survey before 10pm Thursday 28th September 2017.