Childcare workers being left behind by Government – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Denise Mitchell TD, has said the Children’s Minister needs to focus on pay and conditions in the sector, in order to assure that quality, affordable and accessible childcare is available to all who wish to avail of it.
Broadly welcoming the measures contained in the Childcare Support Bill as “good for parents and children”, Deputy Mitchell said she was worried that childcare workers are being forgotten about
Deputy Mitchell said:
“While the Minister says she does not directly employ childcare workers, her Department does subsidise childcare - it does set conditions and standards which must be met.
"Therefore, over the coming years we must seriously focus on pay and conditions in the sector. It cannot be an afterthought.
“If we want qualified staff working in the sector; and if we want people who love working with children and have a real interest in educating our youngest minds, then we must pay them decent wages.
“The Minister needs to get a handle on this. This scheme we have before us today is great for parents, it’s great for children, but I fear that staff in the sector are still being left behind.”