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Story ideas for Monday 19th September 2015

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October 19, 2015 Posted in : Childcare, Children, Education, Galzacs15, Government, PLE

Story Idea: What difference does the budget make to educators working in the early years sector?
Expert: Dr. Mary Moloney 
(Expert in Third Level Institutions) Chairperson, PLÉ – the National Association of third Level Institutions.                        
The Hook: 
While the Budget sees an €85m investment in early childhood care and education this week, it seems that the government have forgotten about those who work with young children in these settings. It is widely known that even when early childhood educators hold an honours degree in early childhood, they earn little more than minimum wage, which from January 2016 increases to €9.16 per hour.

There is nothing in the Budget for early childhood educators. The focus is solely upon activating the labour market. In spite of a stated objective to professionalise the sector, this budget does nothing to encourage graduates into, or to remain in the sector. When is the government going to realise that quality costs, and it cannot be done at the expense of those who work in the early childhood sector?

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* Mother Teresa beatified by Pope John II
* British author Philip Pullman is born on this day in 1946
* Chinese Tech Company Xiaomi to release new products

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