Just wiping noses?
Senator David Leyonhjelm has angered the early childhood sector by questioning whether the job really needs qualifications, arguing the requirement is over the top and has only driven up costs.
“Apart from the fact you want to make sure there aren’t any paedophiles involved, you have to have credentials these days to be a childcare worker,” he told Channel 10’s The Project.
“A lot of women — mostly women — used to look after kids in childcare centres. And then they brought in this national quality framework and they had to go and get a Certificate III in childcare in order to continue doing the job they were doing — you know, wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other.”
The outburst has prompted a torrent criticism from the sector and from parents but the Senator is unmoved and has published a statement on his Facebook page, stating that if families do not want to pay for the “highest quality” child care, they should not have to.
“Families that just want their children to be kept safe, and to have their noses wiped, should have that option available to them.
“If such freedom of choice offends highly educated child care workers, so be it,” he said. (Source: ABC)