A national Childcare Phone In entered its second week today with initial results from over 420 callers revealing widespread problems including cases of children being underfed and thirsty and childcare workers being exposed to illness and disease.
At a visit to a childcare centre in Newcastle (NSW) ACTU President Sharan Burrow said:
“The first week of the Childcare Phone In by the ACTU and childcare unions LHMU and ASU has been very successful with calls from 300 parents and 121 childcare workers from all states and territories.
We urge childcare workers and parents to call us if they have not already done so – ph 1300 362 223.
Initial results are that 81% of parents have experienced one or more problems with childcare with 13% indicating they were satisfied with the quality of care their children received. Common problems cited by parents include:
to work or taking on a job with many parents having to put their names on
waiting lists before their children are born.
75% of her weekly income on childcare fees.
staff, as well as poor facilities.
given they are entrusted with treasure and the work is difficult and
Many childcare workers are unhappy with their level of pay and recognition – especially those in Family Day Care.
A majority of childcare workers are distressed they are unable to provide the quality of care they would like for reasons such as:
facilities or staff to provide the necessary care.
Parents and childcare workers are urged to call the Childcare Phone-In and tell us if they have an issue about childcare – ph 1300 362 223, local call cost only, from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. The Phone In will continue until Friday 17 September.
The ACTU will collate the results and inform the major political parties in the lead up to the federal election.”