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Major Parties: Outline your plan to fund professional wage increases

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Quality childcare gives our children the best start in life. Research shows that the early years are the most critical years of development.

To become one of the top five nations in the world in educational outcomes, we need to recognise that education starts at birth.

Quality early childhood education and care is vitally important to the future of our country.

Quality childcare is critical to our economic growth and directly increases women’s participation in the workforce. Parents, mostly women, simply will not return to work if they are uncomfortable with the quality of early childhood education and care their children receive.

In order to thrive, young children need quality, consistent educators. At present, over 180 educators leave the sector every week because of the low wages. Most are paid as little at $19.07 an hour.

Professional wages will ensure quality educators stay in the sector and make a career out of educating our young children. In a recent survey of educators and parents, over 80% said this was a major issue for them in the upcoming Federal Election.

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