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Saturday, 7 April, 2001, 23:02 GMT 00:02 UK
Teaching assistants 'deserve better pay'
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Pann wants a better "career ladder" for assistants
Teaching assistants and childcare workers in England and Wales should receive better pay and a higher professional status, campaigners say.

The Professional Association of Nursery Nurses (Pann) is calling on the government to establish a formal career ladder, salary and training structure after a survey of members highlighted poor pay and conditions.


Pann calls on the government to recognise the abilities and responsibilities of childcare professionals

Tricia Pritchard, Pann
The research found salaries for these workers ranged from 9,531 to 12,444 for a 32.5-hour week.

Up to 93% of those who responded were required to work between one and 10 extra hours a week without pay, the Pann survey suggested.

The results are being considered by a working group set up to examine the eroding status and poor pay of childcare professionals in education.

'Recognise our abilities'

Professional officer for Pann, Tricia Pritchard, said: "Pann calls on the government to recognise the abilities and responsibilities of childcare professionals.

"We would like to see the creation of chartered teaching assistants to give childcare professionals proper recognition for their training and key role in early years education, using a three-stage career and salary structure based on qualifications, experience and ongoing professional training," she said.

Job titles of respondents included classroom assistant, nursery nurse, specialist teacher assistant, early years practitioner, non-teaching assistant, link worker, general assistant and teacher's aide.

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