Early childhood centres will have to sack some of their most experienced teachers next year because they have not completed a specialised course.
The teachers do not have a diploma or a bachelor of teaching degree in early childhood education.
Early Childhood Council chief executive Sarah Farquhar said the ministry's stifling qualification requirements were exacerbating the chronic teacher shortage. Education Minister Anne Tolley told the Herald she had asked officials to work on options that could include increased flexibility on qualifications.
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