Today, as Australia waits to see what will be in the Government’s long-awaited childcare package, Canberra’s early childhood educators will go to Parliament House to remind the Government it must accept responsibility for fixing their unfair wages.
The educators will brief media on why a responsible Government which values every child would already have ensured their pay reflects their essential role in educating the youngest Australians.
Emma Jayne Peard, ACT early childhood educator and centre director, says “Every parent knows their child deserves the best start in life and we all agree that education is the key to getting that start.
“Yet as early childhood educators we are amongst the lowest paid professionals in Australia, earning one third less than those educating children in the schools system.
‘We are highly skilled and highly trained professionals but our wages don’t come near reflecting that.
“Our work used to be seen as ‘women’s work’, minding children which women did for the love of children.
“We believe we are undervalued and underpaid because the vast majority of us – over 90% - are women.
“That’s not good enough and it’s the Government’s responsibility to fix it,” says Emma Jayne Peard.
In November Australia’s early childhood educators are holding events across the country to celebrate their important but undervalued role in shaping the lives of children – for more information contact the local United Voice branch.