Senator “out of touch” when it comes to childcare

Many are claiming that Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is “out of touch” after comments he made on television about childcare.

Many are claiming that Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is “out of touch” after comments he made on television about childcare.

Speaking to Ten’s The Project, Mr Leyonhjelm declared that he wouldn’t support the $3 billion childcare reform package and believes that regulations should be winding back.  He said, “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 said. “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 the job they were doing — you know, wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other.

“A lot of women just quit. The ones who got certificate threes said, ‘OK, I want more pay now that I’m more qualified’. All we did was drive up the cost because of this credentialism.”

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development Kate Ellis struck out at Mr Leyonhjelm telling, “These are the ranting comments of a dinosaur who is stuck in the past and is choosing to ignore all the evidence”.  She added, “Early childhood educators are hardworking professionals. We need to value them more, not talk down their incredibly important work on national TV.”

Childcare workers also struck back at the Minister on social media with one worker posting,

“Never have I ever felt so undervalued as an educator”. Adding, “I’d welcome him to try and do our job for just a day … bet he wouldn’t come back for day two.”  Another worker contributed to the conversation saying, “I wish all I did was ‘wipe snotty noses and stop them from killing each other’. What about the hours of paperwork that requires us to observe, report and document the children’s learning, development and interests?”

What do you think about what Mr Leyonhjelm’s comments?  Do you agree with him or do you think that he’s speaking out of inexperience?

  1. Olive Sant  

    Looks like Australia voted into government at the last election ignorant idiots.

    • Narelle  

      ……..starting from the top, with the incumbent PM, who’s not a clue how the average Aussie has to try to survive, because he’s a multi-millionaire, & has never needed for ANYTHING!

  2. John Goodship  

    Any person who trivializes or denigrates those who care for the Greatest Asset that this, or any country, has ……Our Children!! , does not deserve a place in the country let alone it’s Foremost Institution ……Government!!

    • Russell Grenning  

      I agree but Senator Leyonhjelm is not a member of the government. He is the sole Liberal Democrat in the Senate.

    • Pete Fummy  

      The greatest asset eh!! Why then are children allowed to be raped and abused, with impunity for the disgusting subhumans who rape and abuse them, in the aboriginal and muslim worlds? Disgusting cultures trump our laws, and children are raped and brutalised daily. Nothing to see here. Please move along.
      If only people cared enough about the brutalities meted out to children all over Australia as much as they cared about childcare for those kids who are lucky enough not to be raped on a daily basis. My heart bleeds for those poor kids and their even more poor hard done by parents, who are just whining about them not wanting to pay to care for their own children. Boohoo!!

  3. Eluzabeth Pandelis  

    This type of comment indicates he was not an active parent if he thinks that is all that is involved in childcare. The difference is that stay at home mums do not have the paperwork involved, nor, usually, the numbers of children to care for, protect, teach, socialise, nurture and write up reports.

  4. Anne  

    Leyonhjelm is out of touch with every aspect of the lives of ordinary Australians.

  5. Pete Fummy  

    I really don’t give a hoot about childcare, my kids have all grown up and when I did go to childcare centres with my children up in Darwin, I stayed with them and helped out, thus there were no costs to have my kids play with other kids. If I had left them there I would have had to pay the fees, but I was a great dad because I did not leave my children in the care of others, except babysitters occasionally. Same with my now ex-wife.
    The only thing I give a hoot about is the cost to the taxpayers. If parents want childcare, pay for it yourself, and do not expect the government to pay. As for the childcare workers having a good old whinge about the paperwork. Boohoo. That is part of the job. So either stop your whining or stop working in childcare.
    Again, pay for the childcare of YOUR children yourself. Yes, I know, there just has to be two wages these days, I know, I know, life is just so tough, but there is an easy fix to that way of thinking too. If you can’t afford to have children and look after and feed and house them yourself, with your own hard earned money, do not have them until you can.
    Just……stop……your……whining about it.

    • Mark  

      Pete. You are spot on. Welfare dollars should be spent on those who can’t help themselves and no one else.

  6. Pamela  

    I agree with him.

    Child care = baby sitters, not schools!

    • Gillian Simpson  

      come and work with me one day, and see how much ‘ BABYSITTING” we do. We have to prepare children for school. We do Maths and science, language and social skills, I teach basic music skills, including rhythm and voice. Just Babysitting you say. You try and do it for the pathetic pay we get.

  7. Lyn Dyke  

    Once more into the breach, dear friends. It seems that once again Mr Leyonhjelm has rushed to comment on an issue that he has a pointed opinion about , but which demonstrates his lack of either knowledge or understanding. I support some basic training for all workers, what a pity it doesn’t extend to Parliamentarians.

  8. Gillian Simpson  

    I’d like to see him work ONE DAY in childcare for the pathetic wages we get, and see exactly what it is we do. It’s a physical. and emotional job, and most people just think we are babysitting. We have to prepare children for school from the age of 6wks to 5yrs, socially and emotionally.

  9. Lorna  

    Pamela you have no idea. If your child was in a center where it was just baby sitting you was at the wrong place. I just finished working for 20 years in a community run preschool center and it is not just baby sitting. Far from it. If you could come and spend a day to see what the educators do for these children. You would see there is more to childcare than what you and that silly politician think. I would challenge any of the people who doubt it, should spend a week at a full center. I might add that there is a variety of ages and we also have special needs children who have to have a staff member with them all the time. And then there is the paperwork that goes with the job. It is enormous. I might add that it is rewarding and exhausting and I have enjoyed my 20 years of childcare.

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