Parents want childcare workers to be highly qualified, says group The Parenthood

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Ms Sugden said watering down the qualifications went against the scientific evidence about the significant brain and physical development that occurs in the first years of a child’s life.

She added that parents were also against the Productivity Commission’s suggestion that all governments should allow childcare services to temporarily operate with staffing levels below required educator-to-child ratios by maintaining levels on average, rather than at all times.

“As parents we believe that these recommendations do put money ahead of our children’s education,” she told the hearing in Canberra.

The survey, which is still collecting responses, also found 98 per cent of respondents said they would not send their child to a centre that had lower educator-to-child ratios, even if the fees were slightly cheaper. 

Ms Sudgen’s evidence was supported by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. Researcher Stacey Fox said that reducing qualification levels were a concern, arguing the “evidence for how children learn and develop in the first three years is exceptionally strong”. “We need to start early,” she said.  

Presiding commissioner Wendy Craik appeared sceptical about the argument, asking, “What evidence is there that you need a tertiary degree to help a young child learn?” 

Dr Fox replied there was a “body of evidence” that suggested that the qualification flowed on to improved interactions with children and more structured learning environments. 

Dr Craik continued to appear unconvinced, noting that in schools and universities the best teachers were not necessarily the most highly qualified. 

The Productivity Commission also heard from the Australian Nanny Association who welcomed the draft proposal for government support for nannies on Monday. 

President Danielle Roberston said a wide range of Australian families used nannies – including parents who were shift workers, blue collar workers, lawyers, teachers and “ladies of the night”. 

Vice president Annemarie Sansom said there was a misconception that “nannies are just for the rich”. 

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