Everyone knows the problems in the childcare sector; educators are paid too little, parents are paying too much and many providers are struggling financially.
Even the Minister for Childcare, Katherine Zappone, agrees that we need to “radically reform the funding model for early childhood care and education” and has started working on new plan for funding Early Years.
This is a big step in the right direction. We now have a massive opportunity fix the Early Years sector, but if we don’t address the root cause of the problem nothing will really change.
The Root of The Problem
Everybody wants Early Years to be affordable and high quality, but the current funding system sets these aims against each other.
If a provider wants to increase pay to improve quality, they have to increase fees.
If a provider wants to reduce fees, they have to reduce wages, and this impacts on quality.
This funding system has providers, educators and parents caught in a vicious circle — we need to change the system.
A Funding System That Works
The Early Years sector needs a new funding system, but if we don’t learn from our mistakes we are doomed to repeat them.
That’s why SIPTU is having a big conversation with our members and other stakeholder.
We developing a new funding system that works for educators, providers and parents.
If you want to get involved in his conversation just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have an big opportunity to fix childcare, let’s get this right.