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Home > News > 2019 > July > Members encouraged to have their say on funding for Queensland Kindergartens

Members encouraged to have their say on funding for Queensland Kindergartens

The Queensland Government has announced a review of the Queensland Community Kindergarten Funding Scheme, which will consider the future funding model for kindergartens in the state.Early_Childhood_web_quality.jpg

Community Kindergartens, and their irreplaceable role in providing play-based education for young Queenslanders, remain totally reliant on State Government funding. 

Our union is encouraging members to participate in an important review by the Queensland Government of the current funding scheme. 

IEU Senior Industrial Officer John Spriggs says the current funding model provides a lack of security, which has a detrimental effect on employees’ professional rates of pay and working conditions.

“We need to ensure the review receives clear advice that sufficient funding is required to maintain wages and conditions for early education employees in community kindergartens that are comparable to those in other education sectors,” said Mr Spriggs.

“To convey this important message, we need members to contribute by completing the online survey, to help shape the future of community kindergartens in a positive way.”

The review, titled ‘Optimising outcomes for children’, is an independent review of the Department of Education’s early childhood education funding and delivery arrangements. 

The State Government has engaged Deloitte Access Economics to undertake the review, and the findings will then be used to guide the departments future investment decisions in the community kindergarten area. 

The survey is open to service providers, families with young children, educators and other interested parties and is the first phase of the review.

The second phase, which will comprise of a consultation process engaging key stakeholders such as community kindergartens, peak bodies and community organisations through a series of targeted consultation forums, will commence later in 2019. 

Information in relation to the review can be found on the Department of Educations website here and to access the survey and have your say, click here

The survey is open until 9 August 2019. 

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.