Oh my goodness, how deplorable. I knew child workers weren't paid much, but that's pitiful
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26-03-2014 22:28 #23Senior Member
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Another one who used to work in child care :-)
I was actually in the industry for 15 years (Qualified) and loved it but eventually the demands (physical and psychological) and conditions (including dismal pay) made me look elsewhere. I still stayed within children's services - child care staffing agency, family support services, nannying, family day care, and child protection and all paid more than child care.
I currently work in government and it pays double what child care does. I could never go back, it wouldn't be financially worth it.
So sad though that the care and education of our future generations is so undervalued, especially with all the research highlighting the importance of the early years.
26-03-2014 22:46 #24
I think generally you'll find most people who work in childcare are there because it's what they want to do, knowing full well they could earn more doing less somewhere else.
I'm not going back into childcare, because it's not there for me anymore. It's a really hard job to drag yourself through without passion.
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26-03-2014 22:56 #25
Last I heard 450 people leave the child care industry a week. And the government is promising more child care places? How are they going to staff them
26-03-2014 23:23 #26
I work in admin in childcare and get paid more per hour ($21 casual rate) than most of the qualified staff that are in the classrooms. So sad considering they are doing such a wonderful job looking after our most precious little people.
Bachelor trained teachers that work in our kindergarten rooms get around $25 an hour. These people have done years of university and my DH earns more than them working in a average retail job.
26-03-2014 23:37 #27
It's not sad, it's a f***ing outrage. It's disgusting and I can't believe every single one of us who use childcare is content to let receptionists get paid more than childcare educators. To the workers: Get unionised, get organised and lobby the government. The Early Years Quality Fund ($300 billion promised under the previous federal government) was intended to be used to raise the wages of low paid childcare workers, but the current government will not be implementing the plan. This story
gives some background.
Sorry to derail your thread OP- this subject makes me furious as you can see!
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26-03-2014 23:54 #28
I have no experience with child care but DS started pre school 2 days a week this year and DH and I were wondering how the owners make any money - they are only licensed for 20 kids and we pay. $63 for 9-4pm with food so approx $9 an hour , with staff and running costs like insurances etc I wonder if they actually make much of a profit or am I missing something ? The owner told me they are only licensed for a certain number of kids and must have a certain amount of staff , I suppose the catch 22 is if they paid the staff more the fees would go up
27-03-2014 00:00 #29
I was studying diploma of child services when pregnant with DD, so 12 years ago now and back then the single parent pension paid more.
As others said, it's a job you do for your passion of helping young kids, no financial benefit to it.
I have so much respect for childcare workers. There is so much more involved than simply watching the kids.
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