Liberals must commit to preschool funding this Early Learning Matters Week

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is shining the spotlight on the importance and value of early education, this Early Learning Matters Week.

“Early education is vital because of the proven positive impact it has on the development of children,” Chesters said. 

“We know that quality learning experiences in the first five years of a child’s life play an integral role in their development.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the valuable care and support our early educators provide to families across Central Victoria, including those that are vulnerable and at risk. 

Access to affordable preschool and kinder programs should be a priority for any Government. It is fundamental that early education is accessible, affordable and high quality. 

Unfortunately, the Liberal Government’s attitude to early learning is the complete opposite. 

The Liberals refuse to provide long-term funding certainty for four year old preschool and extend the program to three year olds.

“The cost of preschool is already high and the current lack of funding could see centres forced to increase fees or cut hours,” Chesters said.

“The uncertainty will also put centres and jobs in the sector at risk. 

“The lack of support for preschools by the Liberal Government means families and staff across Bendigo can’t plan for the future.”

Early Learning Matters Week is a chance for the Liberal Government to make a long term commitment to universal access to preschool.

Families and educators deserve a government that values early education and understands that early learning matters.