With nocturnal awakenings, finding a place in a crèche for their child is every parent’s nightmare. Too many requests, not enough offers… Nursery staff also suffer from chronic understaffing, due to an insufficient training quota. With its 52 cradles, its large colorful spaces and its happy toddlers, the Tissot crèche (Lyon 9) is a fine example of the great mess of French crèches: motivated, competent, but just-in-time staff, having to call on temporary workers, shaking up its internal organization, and that of the families with it.
Grégory Doucet and Steven Vasselin, his assistant delegate for early childhood, came this Thursday to greet this staff “who are struggling to adapt, from protocol to protocol, their ways of working”. The Mayor of Lyon recalled the importance given to early childhood during his term of office: “We have planned 71 million euros to renovate, create new establishments for early childhood, with the eventual creation of 320 new cradles. Above all, he recalled that “71 positions are currently to be filled throughout the City”, but that recruitment remained “extremely difficult, because we do not have enough people coming out of training schools”. Again, for lack of space…
A training place created is a guaranteed job
“Professional training falls within the competence of the Region, which does not take enough ownership of it,” remarks Steven Vasselin. “For the next school year, the Region is talking about around fifty future childcare assistants, which is very insufficient since our needs are around 130 recruitment of assistants and educators of young children. “Needs that concern the fifty municipal crèches in the city of Lyon, but also its hundred associative crèches. Private nurseries have just as much difficulty recruiting.
Grégory Doucet wanted to improve the attractiveness of these jobs by raising salaries since the beginning of the year: “90 euros gross per month more for childcare assistants, and 150 euros gross more for educators of young children” . But it is above all “by increasing the training quotas that we will achieve something”, adds Steven Vasselin, especially since the vocations are still real and numerous. “And we know that a place of training created, it is a guaranteed job for a young graduate”, specifies the deputy. As a reminder, the childcare assistant training lasts one year, three years for educators of young children. These professions, 99% occupied by women, are obviously open to men.
Safety of staff and children involved
The problem is all the more urgent as it also concerns the health of staff and children. In addition to health constraints, Marie-Anne Nouguier, director of the Tissot crèche, must manage “a lot of absences, long, by wear and tear. We call on temporary workers but that upsets the teams, the organization, the children who lose their bearings. Our daily work is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of children. We would need stable teams, with professionals integrated into the crèche. »
This alert on crèches is intended to be national: “It is not a need for the City of Lyon, but a global need for families, and that is what is completely ignored by the authorities”, regrets Grégory Doucet. “We alerted the government to this chronic, massive deficit in early childhood vocational training. These are considerable reservoirs of jobs: all you have to do is invest in training. The City of Lyon has done its part, the other public authorities must now do theirs. »