Childcare services face cutbacks and closures due to staffing crises, new survey finds

MANY childcare services are facing closures or cutbacks due to recruitment and retention difficulties, according to a new survey released today.

Nearly two-thirds of managers and owners in Siptu’s Early Years Staffing Survey said challenges in recruiting and retaining employees will affect the quality of services.

More than a third, 39 percent, said it would result in the service being discontinued.

A total of 56 percent said maintaining staff-to-child ratios would be difficult.

The survey showed that 39 percent of educators are looking for work outside of their profession.

In the survey, more than 1,977 managers and employees named low wages as the main reason.

Early childhood education teacher Deborah Reynolds said many services are struggling to recruit and retain staff because of low pay.

“Most educators make less than $14 an hour and just can’t afford to stay in their jobs,” she said.

“It’s bad for workers, but high staff turnover also undermines the quality of childcare and the sustainability of services.”

The head of strategic organization at Siptu, Darragh O’Connor, said thousands of members had campaigned for better pay and recognition and the government had responded in the 2022 budget.

He said new “core funding” is to be introduced and will support a historic first wage deal in the coming weeks.

“The pay deal will lift thousands of mostly female workers out of poverty,” he said.

“Siptu calls on the government to build on this foundation in the upcoming budget and to recognize the contribution that educators make to the economy, society and children’s lives.” Childcare services face cutbacks and closures due to staffing crises, new survey finds

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