Members urged to have their say on the future of kindergartens
The Universal Access National Partnership, which is crucial for Queensland kindergarten funding, is being reviewed.
It is fundamentally important that members make a submission or complete the survey to ensure the federal government recognises the importance of sufficient, ongoing Universal Access funding that allows for quality teachers and quality early education programs to be delivered.
IEUA-QNT Senior Industrial Officer John Spriggs said the review will inform federal government decisions about future funding arrangements.
“It is essential members working in early childhood education submit their feedback to ensure the federal government can make informed choices based on the experiences of those working in the sector,” said John.
“Kindergartens need secure, ongoing funding to allow for the retention of quality kindergarten teachers and the delivery of a quality early education program.
“Professional rates of pay for those working in the early childhood sector are crucial and this is made difficult with the current year-to-year funding model.
“We need stability of funding to continue progress in the important area of early childhood education, and this review gives us all an opportunity to call for funding stability from the federal government.”
This review by the federal government is separate from the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) Review undertaken by the Queensland government recently.
The Review’s Terms of Reference include consideration of how to maximise preschool participation, particularly for First Nations children, children in regional and remote areas, and children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage.
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Submissions and survey responses are due by 6 October 2019.