Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/10/2017. Tags: Parenting
Childhood Professionals plan national demonstration day for next Friday (27/10/17)
Childhood Professionals are planning a national day of demonstration on Friday, October 27th – in protest at the lack of Government investment in the sector.
The Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP
) is inviting employers, employees and parents to unite and support the action – giving a clear message to Government and opposition parties.
It will involve early learning and care centres
closing early next Friday – with each centre to decide on the specific time, as well as providing information to parents and viral campaigning.
ACP has 2,000 Members who manage, or work across the 4,500 early learning and childcare centres in the country.
ACP has also encouraged other early childhood centres and professionals – who are non-members – to join the action, to give information to parents and to engage on social media.
Childhood Professionals are encouraging all of those taking part to inform parents well in advance and explain the reasons for the action.
ACP Chairperson Marian Quinn said: “This collaborative action is being taken to secure better resources for childhood professionals who provide an essential public service, and to support the quality of early education and care provided to children.
“The date of the action signifies the average wage in the profession, €10.27. Unless we take action, and can effect real change, we will continue to see highly qualified and experienced members of the profession leave their chosen career.
“We will also see ongoing closures of services in local communities, as there is no sustainable economic model for them to serve the public with. None of these outcomes are good for children, parents, or members of the profession.
Ms Quinn said ACP is calling for: Increased investment so that the average pay moves to a living wage (€11.70) in the short term and to a professional wage within five years.
Increased investment to ensure sustainability for service providers. This includes increased capitation to meet the real cost of delivering a high quality service and an administration fee that covers the true cost of administrating schemes on behalf of government.
Increased investment so that professionals are paid for all aspects of their jobs – both contact and non-contact roles including observation, documentation, planning, cleaning and maintenance, multidisciplinary collaboration, inspection, staff meetings, CPD and meeting with parents, etc.
Ms Quinn said while the recent budget had made some allowances for the sector these would not make any significant impact in addressing the problems faced.
“Budget 2018 saw an increase of 7% in the capitation grant provided for delivering the ECCE scheme which is to come into effect in September 2018 – the first increase since 2010.
“However, from 2010 to 2018 it is forecast that the minimum wage will have increased by 10.5%, insurance costs will have risen by double digit figures and utilities, rates, rents, etc. will have also have substantially increased, while inflation is forecast to have increased by just over 4%.
“This means that after the Budget increase, services next Autumn will still be worse off compared to 2010. Early childhood education and care is increasingly unaffordable for parents, unviable as a career for early years teachers and unsustainable for providers.
“Government policy exploits the early childhood education and care profession to deliver schemes on the ‘cheap’. The true cost is subsidised by the low wages of the early years teachers and an unsustainability faced by service providers.”
Source: Press Release from Association of Childhood Professionals