George Brown College Advocates for Early Childhood Education endorsed 2017-11-05 00:06:10 -0400
Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter
The Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter has been developed by the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) Decent Work Taskforce as one of the components to mobilizing a collective effort to achieve greater recognition and improved compensation and working conditions for those employed in the sector.
The primary purpose of this Charter is to promote a vision for decent work within organizational cultures in the early childhood sector (child care, child and family programs, licenced home child care, full-day kindergarten, etc). This requires organizations to commit to pursuing the development of high quality jobs and the structures, policies and practices to support organizations and individuals in implementing the principles that contribute to decent work.
When organizations commit to the principles of decent work, they are creating quality workplace environments that will in turn support the foundations that underpin individual, family and community well-being. These include the economic and social structures that promote improved child outcomes.
Values to Guide Our Action
While the Four Foundations for Learning in Ontario’s pedagogical document, How Does Learning Happen? is aimed to guide the work of professionals in their work with children and families, we believe that these four foundations are also aligned with the value of the workforce itself;
BELONGING: Recognition of staff as valued professionals
WELL BEING: Professional Pay/Compensation
ENGAGEMENT: Professional Learning
EXPRESSION: Quality work environments
Defining Decent Work
Recognition of staff as valued professionals: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources internally and externally that recognize the critical role early childhood staff perform in the delivery of quality programs.
Professional Pay/Compensation: Commitment to establish and maintain strategies to provide professional pay for professional work.
Professional Learning: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources to support early childhood professionals in all aspects of ongoing professional learning.
Quality work environments: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources that promote belonging, inclusion, diversity, well-being, engagement and expression in the work environment.
As an early childhood sector employer/organization we are signing this charter to confirm our commitment to advancing policy reforms needed to improve working conditions for all. We recognize the principles of decent work as integral to achieving quality programs and services for children and their families.
As leaders in our communities we will champion practices that promote and sustain decent work, and will join with our community partners, sector networks, associations, policymakers and funders to generate collective actions that expand decent working conditions.
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Sophia Mohamed published Decent Work Task Force in Professional Pay & Decent Work 2017-05-31 13:06:59 -0400
AECEO's Decent Work Task Force
During the past few years the AECEO has been leading the charge to improve compensation and working conditions for registered early childhood educators (RECEs) and staff through the Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign.
Since 2015, with funding from the Atkinson Foundation, the AECEO has joined forces with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), the Atkinson Centre and Institute for Change Leaders to organize and mobilize Ontario early childhood educators in this movement, broadening the focus to include decent work. In an effort to include the voices of those closest to this work, we organized 8 forums from Sault Ste. Marie to Ottawa. In recognition of the valuable role local early childhood leaders play in advancing the movement and galvanizing communities around these critical issues, in 2017 we provided 2-day intensive leadership training in four of the communities and have trained over 100 educators, staff and parents in the Ganz organizing framework.
In tandem, we convened a Task Force, Mobilizing the Early Years Workforce: Community Voices on Decent Work in Early Childhood comprised of researchers, academics, RECEs, employers and policy experts to guide and our inform our work.
The Task Force's two key functions in 2017:
1. Develop recommendations on the Ministry of Education's Workforce Strategy
2. Develop a Decent Work Charter to support our Shared Vision of Decent Work in the Early Years and Child Care sector
The Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter encapsulates the principles of decent work within workplaces, communities and the broader society. We all value young children and their families. We all strive to provide quality experiences for these same children and families. Making a commitment to the principles of decent work furthers quality programs and services. Transforming Work in Ontario's Early Years and Child Care Sector outlines the Task Force’s recommendations on the workforce strategy and addresses the systemic and structural supports that early years and child care programs/organizations require in order to meet the principles of decent work set out in the Charter.
An important driver of the Professional Pay and Decent Work campaign is the creation of strong policy recommendations to the Ministry of Education on their workforce strategy - part of their five year action plan to implement Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017). It is important to the AECEO and the Decent Work Task Force that our workforce strategy recommendations are well informed by RECEs, early years staff and others in the sector. AECEO engaged more than 4,000 early childhood educators in a consultation survey about what should be included in the government’s workforce strategy.
Regarding wages and compensation, 72% reported that they do not feel they are appropriately compensated for their work. More than 9 out of 10 (91%) of respondents agreed that a publicly funded wage scale is an appropriate mechanism to improve wages in the sector. Improving wages and working conditions is critical to meeting the new staffing demands of expanded child care and parent-child (EarlyON) spaces. The Decent Work Task Force will release a report of survey results in spring 2018.
To kick off our first provincial week of action on October 23rd, the Decent Work Task Force held a live webinar to present the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter, ask and answer questions and provide information on the consultation survey that informed the workforce strategy recommendations. The webinar was recorded and is now available online for viewing and sharing!
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The overarching goal of this campaign is to address the long-standing issue of low and inequitable compensation for early childhood educators (ECEs) in Ontario. We are calling on the government to fund professional pay for all ECEs in Ontario regardless of where they work. Professional pay should reflect ECEs’ specialized training, the value of their work and their participation in continuous professional learning.
No ECE should have to work for less than a professional wage and all ECEs should be recognized for their professional qualifications and practice.
For more information on the campaign please see http://www.aeceo.ca/professional_pay_for_professional_work
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