Early Childhood Educators’ wages don’t reflect importance of work
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants government to demonstrate its appreciation for the work of early childhood educators by establishing a provincial minimum salary and benefits for those who do that work.
ECEs are required to have specialized post-secondary education plus a host of other requirements, says Michael, and it is shameful that the wages of those who do the work in this province are among the lowest in the country, and can vary widely according to the workplace.
“Government now says that early childhood education of children under five is important, as is the need for highly qualified Early Childhood Educators,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“Currently, the wages of these ECE professionals are so low that government offers a wage subsidy in order to retain them.
“I ask the Minister, when will government recognize this profession by establishing a provincial minimum salary and benefits for Early Childhood Educators?”
Michael says the current system merely serves to mask the gaping inequities in the system.
“When will government replace the stop-gap wage supplement with a true wage and benefits minimum for Early Childhood Educators?” she asked.
Michael says that ultimately a public childcare program for the families of the province would be of most benefit.