Caring for children is no picnic, say workers

THOSE charged with looking after Australia's infants and toddlers earn about $10 less than the average Australian wage.

Childcare workers with their Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care earn just $18.58 a hour, which centre operators claim can lead to high staff turnover and low morale.

The owner of Moore Park Gardens preschool and day-care centre, Alice Voigt, said there had been a 180 per cent staff turnover at her centre in the past two years, with most citing pay as their reason for leaving.

''About 100 staff members have come through the centre in two years and it's at the point where we might have to close,'' she said.

''Staff are moving into working in supermarkets, nannying or teaching, while many of those who stay have a second or third job as they need to supplement their wages to survive.''


Topics:  childcare pay wages

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