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With childcare services in Launceston facing labor shortages and high costs, Labor candidate for Bass Ross Hart says the industry needs reform. According to aggregate data, gathered by the childcare research and comparison site, Care for Kids, Launceston recorded an average daily price of $ 120 for 2021. Mr Hart said the first issue to be addressed was the need for manpower so that the sector can attract, train and retain staff. “Labor already has a policy regarding free funding from TAFE for areas that have a high demand for labor, such as disability care, but early childhood education is also one of its key areas. these areas, ”he said. READ MORE: Check thief gets more time behind bars. Mr Hart said the challenge for policymakers was to understand how the industry could be reformed to make childcare a sustainable career. “The problems can be addressed at the federal level if there is a commitment to treat this area as something more than just child care,” he said. “We have to see if the educators are paid enough, if they have enough certainty in their jobs, if the role is important in the community, and I would say that it is a very important role.” READ MORE: Northern Tasmanians share what it’s like to catch COVID Bass Liberal MHR Bridget Archer said providing free education for day care centers was not a long-term solution. “The idea of ​​providing free training to address the multiple challenges that exist in recruiting and retaining child care workers is simplistic and does not offer a long-term solution,” she said. READ MORE: Tasmania registers 1,583 new cases of COVID-19 RTO and childcare provider Lady Gowrie Tasmania, chief executive of Mat Rowell, said the reduction in the cost of training has helped the organization to deal with the labor shortage. “In response to labor shortages, we actually created our own registered training organization, so that we can train our own cohort of staff in this three certificate and diploma, which are the key type of qualification required. “, did he declare. “We tend to charge a lower fee for that, so people qualify through our organization.” READ MORE: Former Tasmanian MP fined for unregistered gun Ms Archer said she was willing to work with the industry to find a solution. “Just like healthcare, there are levels of complexity. I am committed to continuing to work constructively with the sector to address some of the challenges, ”she said. Mr Rowell said that with pay in the sector not particularly generous, removing staff training costs could help alleviate the labor shortage. Andrew Chounding is the Examiner’s health reporter. If you have a health related story, please email Andrew.chounding@examiner.com.au Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: Follow us on Google News: The Examiner

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