Wages key to boosting sector
WAGES for early childhood educators are inadequate for delivering reforms in the sector that aim to ensure continued high quality of care for children, the workers’ union says.
United Voice says the Productivity Commission’s draft report recognises systemic issues in the sector which can create ‘‘huge’’ problems for children.
Big Steps in Childcare campaign director Alice Voight says professionals chose to work in the sector because of their love for working with children but low wages create an ongoing issue with staff leaving.
‘‘There needs to be higher wages for all professionals in ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care) who work so hard to educate the next generations of Australians at a crucial time in their development,’’ she says.
The National ECEC Workforce Census finds up to one quarter of full-time long day care professionals earn less than $31,199 a year and only 40 per cent of long day care professionals are satisfied with their pay and conditions.
Ms Voight says the next step must be decisive action by the Federal Government to increase wages for ECEC professionals to ensure those taking care of children can afford to keep doing the work they love.