Cllr Janice Boylan offers her support to protesting childcare workers
Sinn Féin Cllr Janice Boylan has offered her support to the childcare workers who are marching on the Dáil today. The protest which is being organised by the Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP) aims to highlight the vital work carried out by qualified childcare workers, which is being undermined by low pay.
Cllr Boylan said:
“The rate that these childcare workers are receiving is just above the minimum wage and this is in spite of the fact that these childcare workers are completing their qualifications. The fact that they are qualified seems to make no difference to the rate of pay they receive.
When the introduction of the free pre-school year came into place many workers were on contracts of just 38 weeks giving them no opportunity to develop their chosen careers.
In one particular playschool in my area I had staff, parents and school teachers come to me about the problems this could potentially cause.
We were lucky enough that the childcare workers who are such a part of our community kept their jobs. To have lost them due to pay rates would have been detrimental to the children in our area. These childcare staff are local women who are loved and known by all children and parents alike.
Yes childcare should be made more accessible to parents and yes the state should invest in it, however the highly qualified workers who are not paid appropriately must not suffer as a result.
We need to look at this now and get it right so it doesn't turn into another government failure that affects the communities who need it the most.”