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    I fully support the strike.

    There's a reason why this was done on international women's day. Occupations that are historically "women's work" are undervalued and underpaid compared to similarly skilled or physical "men's work".

    Even aside from that, our expectations of the quality, availability and affordability of childcare have increase enormously over time. The pay of those workers hasn't increased in line with the qualifications and responsibility expected of them.

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    Our centre didn't strike, but I would have supported it if they did. I'm not sure how much they earn there, but a few of the really great staff there have left recently to get out of the industry and I suspect it is pay related as the passion they have for their job and the kids is so apparent.

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    Totally support their strike.

    The workers at my DS's centre are wonderful - they give my children love, education, entertainment and fulfill all their physical needs. Without them, our family would be lost.

    It absolutely horrifies me that childcare workers are so undervalued by our society.

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    We expect soooo much of daycare but the staff are paid crap. Seriously, what they do is a million times more important than me yet they get paid less than half of what I get paid. Pathetic! Strike away, I will support you.

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    I'm a pre school teacher - I earn $22 an hour! I know my children really well, I take special
    Interest in their lives. I know their pets, interests, quirks, siblings, fiends, things they're scared of and I help guide them and shape them into their future self. I spend so much time, energy and am constantly researching, shopping to prepare interesting activities for our program.
    Since becoming a mum (a year ago) I've now realised my job is way more important that I ever thought.
    Kids love me, I know I do my job well. I'm part time this year and have had a few sick days and I've had so many of them tell me, I love when you're here, can you come everyday I'm here.

    Just my two cents -

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    The Tafe qualifications cost a bomb if you don't earn much already, at that I earn $24.50p/h at Bunnings, earning $20 after studying for the qualification is unjust.
    If I earn $24.50p/h they have to be worth $30.

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    childcare workers get paid so little - its outrageous.

    How can you attract any kind of skilled workers if you pay absolute rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    Totally support their strike.

    The workers at my DS's centre are wonderful - they give my children love, education, entertainment and fulfill all their physical needs. Without them, our family would be lost.

    It absolutely horrifies me that childcare workers are so undervalued by our society.
    I was going to write something - but this just sums it up - so much yes.

    Childcare workers work so hard, and are worth so much more than they are paid - i couldn't do it. The ones at my DS's centre are just great - it's absolutely priceless to be able to go to work knowing he's in caring hands and that he'll have a great day.

    Our cente didn't strike, but i would have supported them if they did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mason98 View Post
    The Tafe qualifications cost a bomb if you don't earn much already, at that I earn $24.50p/h at Bunnings, earning $20 after studying for the qualification is unjust.
    If I earn $24.50p/h they have to be worth $30.
    I am a (university qualified) registered nurse working in a practice (ie not in a hospital) an I earn $25/hr. Unfortunately there are a lot of well qualified, trained professionals in service fields who earn peanuts...

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    I just want to say THANKYOU to everyone on here that appreciates their childcare educators! I didn't strike today but feel of course we deserve a pay rise.

    OP your post actually made me really mad. First of all you haven't been there all day so you don't know that they have done nothing. I do a hell of a lot of work before parents see me in the yard with their kids. If you really feel like they are lazy, tell the director so their performance can improve.

    When it comes to our wages, I honestly feel like it's not understood how vital our role is. It's early years education, not babysitting. I think when Australia fully understands how important the learning that occurs in the first 5 years is, that they will pay us accordingly.

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