Saturday 10 December 2016

It is children who will suffer as pressure mounts on carers

Marian Quinn

Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30

High-quality care and education is expensive and if the Government continues to ignore its responsibility in terms of investing in this public service, then the high cost must be borne by the providers, practitioners and parents
High-quality care and education is expensive and if the Government continues to ignore its responsibility in terms of investing in this public service, then the high cost must be borne by the providers, practitioners and parents

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.

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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.

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