Te Ara Kotiri Study Support Programme
At a time when the ECE sector is struggling to attract new teachers into the profession, BestStart decided to step in to do their part in supporting the ECE teachers of our future. We see some amazing students working for us, doing a fantastic job at juggling work, study and family but also understand the added pressure that studying can add to the finances.
This has lead us to launch our Te Ara Kotiri Study Assistance Programme which has components that are for both our team and those not part of the BestStart team.
For 2nd and 3rd Year Teachers in Training working in our centres we offer to continue pay them while they are on their practicums and they can opt to take this assistance as a loan or bond themselves to the company for a short period. *
Alternatively, we offer all students, employed with us or not the opportunity to apply for a Te Ara Kotiri scholarship to help fund their 3rd Year of study. Each year we will award up to five $5,000 scholarships to outstanding candidates that we see are the inspirational teachers of the future.
This year we have already awarded three scholarships, two to external students and one to our very own Traci Small, from Community Kindy Nae Nae in Wellington. We’ll share some more about our amazing awardees in our next update.