Call for Federal Government to increase preschool and kindergarten funding after parental leave scheme scrapped
The Federal Government should use funding from the scrapped paid parental leave scheme to guarantee the continuation of Universal Access to preschools and kindergartens.
Our union secretary Terry Burke said Universal Access funding for preschools and kindergartens through state/federal education funding arrangements should be considered an ongoing priority for the government.
“Kindergartens and preschools provide structured programs delivered by qualified teachers, resulting in better educational outcomes for children.
“Families deserve the option to be equally funded for their children to attend kindergartens as they do childcare and it would be a mistake to direct increased Universal Access funding into childcare alone,” he said.
“This is an opportunity for the federal government to make a sound long-term decision that will benefit Australian families.
“Our members urge state and federal governments to commit to realistic and sustained increases in funding for Universal Access to preschool and early childhood education, as well as childcare, sooner rather than later.”
Federal funding for universal access to kindergartens and childcare is currently not guaranteed beyond 2015, as the Federal Government deferred a decision on funding late last year, pending its response to a Productivity Commission Review of Childcare and Early Childhood Education.