There has never been a better time like now to become a qualified childcare worker in Australia. The Federal Government recently announced that $300 million funding will be put into childcare centres around the country to boost childcare workers’ wages.
In order to help childcare centres to maintain qualified staff and to give parents a peace of mind, the Federal Government will provide a $3 per hour pay increase by July to childcare workers with a Certificate III qualification. This equates to a 15 per cent pay increase for our childcare workers.
Childcare centres will have to commit to reasonable fee charges for providing care in order to be eligible for the funds. They also need to commit to limit fee increases to the actual cost of providing care.
According to ABC news, the chief of Early Childhood Australia, Samantha Page, states that the funding is a good start but it does not replace the need for a long-term strategy on how to meet the higher costs of improving quality in child care.
The Federal Government is planning to introduce more strategies to assist childcare workers, in order to reduce staff turnover rate in childcare centres.