As our population ages and baby boomers retire, Australia’s workforce will need to encourage more people to join, including prospective and young parents. This translates to future growth in child care industries and more opportunities for those qualified.
Supporting prospective parents and parents of young children to participate in the workforce through accessible, flexible and affordable childcare and early learning is therefore high on the Government’s agenda.
This is particularly relevant to Australian women, who continue to be primary caregivers in the home at the same time as entering the workforce in greater numbers than ever before.
“Female employment is projected to continue to increase following on from strong growth over the past 40 years,” according to the 2015 Intergenerational Report, Australia in 2055.
“Today, around 66 percent of women aged 15 to 64 are employed. By 2055, this is projected to increase to around 70 per cent of women aged 15 to 64.”
This growth in child care needs will ensure that the early learning sector will continue to be a necessity in supporting working parents, particularly mothers.
Parents are more likely to return to work if they trust that the education and care their children are receiving is high quality. Providing training of the highest standard across the early childhood sector is therefore vital for children, parents and the Australian workforce.