Are we happy to put those who study and train to educate the young children of Australia in the same basket as dance therapists, DJs and tennis coaches?

In a submission to the government, Guardian Childcare Alliance said diploma-qualified childcare workers should be added to the list of professions that qualify for 457 visas. “If hairdressers, stockbrokers, glass blowers, dance therapists, disc jockeys (and) tennis coaches can all qualify for a 457 visa, why not diploma-trained childcare staff?”

“Visa plan for childcare workers”, Patricia Karvelas (The Australian, paywalled)

By Liam McNicholas

I am an experienced early childhood teacher, writer and advocate. As well as managing community not-for-profit early childhood operations in a variety of roles, I have advocated for children's human rights; the need for investment in early childhood education; and for professional recognition and wages for those working in early childhood education and care.

I am available to be commissioned for freelance writing, editing, event speaking and consulting work.

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