It is children who will suffer as pressure mounts on carers
Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30
Working as an early childhood practitioner has traditionally been seen as a vocation. People, usually women, choose to work in this field because they love children and find great satisfaction in supporting those in their care through their journey of discovery and exploration. Each day is so different and you are on a rollercoaster of highs and lows.
This job satisfaction has sustained the workforce for many decades, but now, with the increased cost of living, 'loving children' is no longer enough to support the current workforce or to attract new entrants.
Low pay and poor working conditions - combined with increased qualification requirements and responsibilities to the children, parents, numerous State agencies and multiple Government departments - are resulting in a crisis within the workforce which will ultimately end up compromising the quality of care and education.