Childcare workers rally for funding boost

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Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Brisbane childcare educators and their union United Voice will rally for a federal funding boost to the sector.

The rally will take place outside a childcare centre on Tuesday owned by a family trust of which Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is a beneficiary.

Mr Dutton's personal interest in the Everton Hills facility came under the microscope during his failed challenge for the Liberal leadership in August.

The solicitor-general found there was "some risk" the High Court could find Mr Dutton had a conflict of interest over federal payments to the centre.

Despite this connection, educators say the federal government is not providing adequate funding to the early childhood education sector and Mr Dutton's personal interest means he has an even greater responsibility to lead change.

Brisbane early childhood educator Kirstie Fildes says while parents continue to pay more for childcare, educators earn less than half the average national wage due to a lack of federal funding.

"Peter Dutton, of all government MPs, needs to show he cares about the quality of the education our children are receiving at a crucial time in their lives," she said.

She claimed some early childhood educators, of whom 97 per cent are women, were earning as little as $22 an hour.

"These wages do not reflect the value of their work or the value of the children for whom they care and educate," Fildes said.

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