Show appreciation for all ECEs, says NDP
NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) had questions in the House of Assembly today for the Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services regarding her announcement on Friday of a supplement increase for Level II Early Childhood Educators working as operators in child care centres.
The supplement is only for operators. Many Level II ECEs in the province have equal experience and equal training, but do not qualify for the supplement, and are understandably frustrated, says Kirby.
“Level II ECEs who don't work as operators are wondering why they were left out in this announcement,” Kirby said in the House. “Can the Minister explain why she chose to discriminate against some of the most skilled ECEs in Newfoundland and Labrador?”
He says the timing is particularly unfortunate. “Her treatment of these Level II ECEs is nothing short of an insult at the beginning of Early Childhood Educators week,” he said.
“I ask the Minister, why did she decide to treat one group of Level II early childhood educators as second-class citizens?”