Do you think centre owners should have ECE qualifications?
TOP wants to give decision-making power back to the teachers and communities for centre-based services. We acknowledge the power imbalance between qualified teachers and owners who don’t have the healthy and holistic development of children as their primary driver. We will review the qualification model for owners, bearing in mind that some corporate ECEs are owned by multiple shareholders, in which case the centre manager’s qualifications are more important for child outcomes.
TOP will implement a quality based contracting model that puts quality first. With this model, business owners, even if commercially driven, will work to the advantage of children, in conjunction with their teaching staff. Ethical employment practises will also be built into this model. Nuanced concepts of ‘quality’ within ECE are discussed in depth in the policy document.