Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Childcare Faces Crisis over Poor Wage Rate

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Childcare Faces Crisis over Poor Wage Rate

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Byline: Jorge Branco

LYNN Afotey-Otu has worked in childcare for more than 30 years but is now concerned the whole industry is in crisis, with workers leaving in droves due to poor pay.

Mrs Afotey-Otu runs the Little Legends Early Learning Centre in Dakabin, where she's finding it harder to attract and keep staff.

She supports the new National Quality Framework and its aim to professionalise the industry, but said wages needed to reflect this new professionalism.

aThe framework is comprehensive and requires high skills and a lot of knowledge to implement it,a Mrs Afotey-Otu said.

aBut when you're going to pay people $18 an hour you're not going to get those quality educators and we're not going to keep the ones that we've got.a

If Mrs Afotey-Otu was starting her career today, she would not choose to go into early-childhood care.

She said there was no incentive for anyone to study for up to four years and then take on a job that paid less per hour than working at a fast-food outlet. …

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