The Abbott Government’s announcement of a temporary 12-month extension to preschool and kindergarten funding only means more uncertainty for families and services, Lisa Chesters MP says.
“I share the concerns and frustrations of Loddon Mallee Preschool chief executive officer Phil Hocking who spoke this morning on a local media outlet.
“The Government have left families and services in limbo for months by failing to commit to any future funding in the Budget.
“The best they can come up with is a 12 month band-aid solution to get past state elections.
“Funding for 12 months is hardly the certainty families and services need, it’s just kicking the can down the road – the Government needs to genuinely commit to early education.”
Ms Chesters said the former Labor Government introduced federal funding so children across Australia could access 15 hours of quality kindergarten or preschools education in the year before school.
“It is proven that the first six years of a child’s life is the most important.
“We need a government who actually shows a real commitment to early childhood and kindergarten.
“With overwhelming Australian and international research showing investment in early education improves children’s life outcomes, it’s deeply irresponsible for the Abbott Government to leave our preschools and kindergartens gripped by uncertainty.”