|Issue No 67||18 August 2000|
Sydney Hosts Child Care Conference
By Andrew Casey
The child care industry has had an explosive growth in the last decade but too few people want to recognise the impact of this growth and the changes in values it has
" Child care workers need to work together to build and maintain the profile, standards and values of an industry which is now nearly a century old," Sonia Minutillo, the Executive Vice-President of the Child Care Union said.
" This industry has a proud tradition of service to the community - a tradition which has been nurtured by the thousands of people who work in the industry.
" Unfortunately too few people recognise and value these traditions and standards," Sonia Minutillo said.
A Conference for NSW Child Care Workers, on Saturday August 26, is expected to attract more than 100 participants concerned about the working life of child care workers and the issues that affect them daily.
" This conference - organised by the Child Care Union - will take important steps towards establishing a positive profile for child care workers and their proud traditions," Sonia Minutillo said.
" There are between 15-20,000 child care workers in NSW. In the 1990s there was an almost four-fold increase in this industry, an explosive growth."
The conference theme - 'For the Love of It' - will look at the profile of child care workers, the regulations that impact on child care workers, the stress of child care and the rights and responsibilities of child care workers.
" Guest speakers will be from the Office of Child Care and a variety of industry specialists, as well as child care workers from across the industry," Ms Minutillo said.
The one day conference will be on Saturday August 26 in the LHMU Auditorium, Terrace Level, 187 Thomas St, Haymarket, Sydney.
The conference is open to union members and non members.
Conference Registration costs are $ 10 for union members and students; $ 15 for all other interested participants.
The conference is sponsored by HESTA - the Child Care Superannuation Fund.
For more information about the conference, and registration forms, please ring Rondell Millane or Jim Llloyd on 9281 9577
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