Senator David Leyonhjelm has angered the sector by questioning whether the job really needs qualifications, arguing the requirement is over-the-top and has only driven up costs. The senator said: “A lot of women — mostly women — used to look after kids in childcare centres. And then they brought in this national quality framework and they had to go and get a Certificate III in childcare in order to continue doing the job they were doing — you know, wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other.”

Sydney childcare worker Chloe Chant has written a Facebook post in response, outlining some of the more complicated behind-the-scenes work that she does, on top of the expected duties of a childcare worker.

Read Chloe’s response in the item published by the ABC – 12 January 2017