Australia’s early childhood educators, including those working in community and private childcare centres, will walk off the job on March 27 to demand better pay. Some centres will be closed for the whole day and parents will be asked to keep their children at home.
Questions are vital in our work with children. The Early Years Framework (EYLF) and the Framework for School Age Care (FSAC) encourage us to view children’s learning holistically – not as a block of knowledge to be “transmitted” to each child, but as a complex creation of relationships, interests and meaning.
The long-running pay equity case before Fair Work Australia claiming early childhood educators are underpaid due to gender has been dismissed.
Last week I was speaking with the parent of a child who will be transitioning to a Preschool closer to home this year. This child has been attending the centre I work at, Treehouse in the Park, since she was a baby and it will be very sad to say goodbye to this family.
Early childhood educator’s union United Voice have escalated their campaign for professional wages, announcing that educators around Australia will walk off the job on March 27.
New data released as part of the Report on Government Services has revealed that the sector is continuing to improve in quality ratings and educator qualifications, while Government spending on the sector has dramatically slowed.
Tomorrow, the Government will release the Report on Government Services for early childhood education and care. This Report will provide important information on the qualifications, retention rates and other factors that give us a snapshot of the early childhood educator role in Australia.
As we heave ourselves over the line into 2018, the year that will see the introduction of this new legislation, I wanted to highlight an issue I am worried is not getting anywhere near enough attention.