We're tired of our predominantly female workforce being taken for dummies.
At Best for The West our main focus is driving up the quality of childcare and opportunity for children in the West Country, well the world over actually, but we've got to start somewhere.
An obvious way to do that is by ensuring that highly qualified and experienced staff are successfully recruited in to the profession. Simple? No.
The government's newly released funding formula has devalued a sector already lacking in financial recognition. Couple this poorly thought out formula with tight restrictions on nursery settings not being able to sustainably charge for additional costs and the result is an industry that not even Mary Poppins with the passion to get the job done, would want to enter in to. Early Years Education recruitment is currently a bleak and depressing place from which to hire.
Yes we're in it because we love it, everyone should do something they are passionate about, but this is about the need for financial recognition. If the sector were able to pay higher salaries, attract the best pedagogues, you'll find that 'the gap' that schools always talk about having to narrow, will do so thanks to a fantastic foundation to early education.
But we need cultural change, we need policy change. It looks like the Government are about to announce investment in social care, but why leave care of the young out in the cold? We really need anyone that has ever had a child or wishes to in the future to help to drive this change.
Let's start valuing the caregivers in this country. They keep us at work, they nurture the older or future generations and it's about time they were given the recognition they deserve. They should and need to be skilled and well qualified.
We'll be marching later on in March and we'll let you know when, would love it if you could join us...watch out for updates.
International Women's Day is on Wednesday 8th March, please check out their website: