Sunday 26 February 2017

Childcare is much more than babysitting, workers need help too

Letters to the Editor

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‘I have seen many committed workers leave due to a lack of resources’ (Stock picture)
‘I have seen many committed workers leave due to a lack of resources’ (Stock picture)

Recently the Government announced plans to help alleviate the cost of childcare for working parents. A means-tested subsidy would be put in place to help ease the burden of childcare with a portion of the family's fee paid directly to the childcare providers. This can be seen as a welcome move for parents who struggle with childcare costs.

However, again we find absolutely no mention of the invisible workforce who make such childcare services possible; the early-years educators themselves.

These are the people who, for very little pay, put in a challenging day juggling the needs of small children. Ask any parent and they will tell you that this is a tough gig.

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