Education is a right – not a privilege

7 July 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Education is a right – not a privilege|

By Member for Elwick Josh Willie


EARLY childcare education is education – it is not baby-sitting.

These nurturing environments equip our children with skills to start school.

Education is a right, not a privilege.

It’s a right that should be extended to all children.

It’s a right that all parents should be able to access for their children and it shouldn’t be made so hard for parents who want the best for their children.

The education and care sector employ more than 3000 people across Tasmania.

There are so many wonderful educators in the northern suburbs.

During recent times, the childcare sector has been subjected to constant government policy changes and uncertainty.

The industry is essential to a healthy economy, as it supports the development of our children and jobs.

Of all the people employed in the industry, 98 per cent are women.

With free childcare no longer available, some families will remove their children because care is no longer affordable, particularly if they have lost work or have had their hours reduced.

This is devastating – It’s devastating for children, parents, educators and for all of us.

Many disadvantaged children have been thriving.

This policy setting, at this time, starts the patterns of disadvantage even before children can walk.

Childcare workers are woefully underpaid and targeting this industry as the only one at this time to have Job Keeper terminated unfairly impacts women.

I worry about our families and services as we enter a new period of uncertainty.

Access to care for our children and decent jobs shouldn’t be made so hard.

Caption: From left, four-year-old Semira Yennus, Labor Member for Elwick Josh Willie, with Uma, Debby-Lee Honey and Chase Pullen, manager of quality culture and operations at Discovery Learning Centres Una Lalagavesi at Discovery Early Learning in Glenorchy.

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