ECEC recruitment and retention issues are still being ignored

Next year will be a big one for East Brunswick Kindergarten and Childcare. A space that will cater for up to 33 children will open and staff will need to be hired.

However, acting childcare co-director Jane Arnett said it could be difficult to attract quality staff because of low wages for graduates and even experienced workers.

“If early childhood workers could get more money, it could attract a better quality of worker. Graduates get just $18 an hour and a person who’s worked for 10 years could get the same,” she says. “It’s a very poorly paid industry.”

“East Brunswick childcare workers take to parliament”, Alana Schetzer (Melbourne Times Weekly)

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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