Latest update for members in early childhood education
The IEUA-QNT continues to advocate for the early childhood education sector during the COVID-19 crisis.
After making representations to the state and federal governments, Universal Access and QKFS funding have been secured for members working in this sector.
Universal Access guaranteed to 2021
Our union welcomes the federal government’s commitment to guarantee Universal Access Funding to 2021 after ongoing advocacy from our union.
While Universal Access funding should be an ongoing, guaranteed commitment every year, this decision will provide a small relief to those working in early childhood education and rely on the funding to provide their service.
Whilst the Queensland Government has announced that in the event of a forced closure of a kindergarten, QKFS funding will continue, our union is still waiting for the announcement of a ‘top up’ to the funding.
The government has been considering this position in an attempt to protect employees working in the early childhood education sector and we are expecting this decision to be made imminently.
Open but pupil free
The most recent directive from Education Queensland is still as follows:
“Community kindergartens will observe student-free days from Monday, 30 March. Community kindergartens will remain open for families of essential workers and children experiencing vulnerability during the student-free days only.”
The Department has clarified that children experiencing vulnerability includes those in receipt of QKFS Plus.
Unless there is a reasonable workplace health and safety risk, kindergartens should remain open in line with this directive.
In the instance of a reasonable health and safety risk, members should advise their employer of the risk.
If it is not addressed, members should contact our union immediately as they have the right to alternative safe work or to cease the work which involves the risk.