Sec­tor is los­ing child­care work­ers

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

Child­care work­ers can earn more work­ing in their lo­cal su­per­mar­ket ac­cord­ing to a group rep­re­sent­ing the sec­tor.

And, Frances Byrne, Di­rec­tor of Pol­icy and Ad­vo­cacy with Early Child­hood Ire­land, said school leavers were un­likely to con­sider a ca­reer in the sec­tor. Ms Byrne was com­ment­ing fol­low­ing a pre-Bud­get event which was at­tended by Deputies Tony McLough­lin and Ea­mon Scan­lon in Dublin.

“De­spite the in­cred­i­ble com­mit­ment of our mem­bers, our sec­tor is crip­pled be­cause of his­tor­i­cal, chronic un­der­in­vest­ment. Due to the lack of in­vest­ment over many years, our providers can­not af­ford to pay com­pet­i­tive salar­ies or of­fer job se­cu­rity. The re­sult is that skilled pro­fes­sion­als are leav­ing the sec­tor in their droves. They can earn more work­ing in their lo­cal su­per­mar­ket than in their lo­cal child­care ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to Early Child­hood Ire­land: The av­er­age wage – across all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els – in the early-years sec­tor is €11.93 per hour (the ‘ liv­ing wage’ in Ire­land is cur­rently €11.90 per hour).

Deputy Ea­mon Scan­lon with Louise Kil­bane from Lol­lipop Lane creche, Tub­ber­curry at the event in Dublin.

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