Tony Abbott’s decision to move early childhood out of the education portfolio is a backwards step that fails to acknowledge the importance of child development to Australia’s future.
Future focused governments have ensured that child care is part of the Education portfolio in recognition of the overwhelming evidence on the importance of early education.
Now, responsibility has been handed to the Social Services Minister, Scott Morrison.
Research shows 90 per cent of a child’s brain development occurs in the first five years, and that quality early education improve outcomes at school and later in life.
“Education doesn’t just start when a child turns five,” Shadow Early Childhood Minister, Kate Ellis, said.
“This is a backwards step, and it goes against all of the research.”
“Separating responsibility for early childhood and education won’t lead to better outcomes for Australian children.”
The only action the Abbott Government has taken on child care is to announce over $1 billion in cuts to the support Australian families rely on.
“If Scott Morrison wants to be taken seriously, he should immediately reverse the Abbott Government’s $1 billion in child care cuts,” Kate Ellis said.
“This decision shows the Abbott Government still don’t know what they are doing when it comes to child care. They are just making it up as they go along.”
SUNDAY, 21 DECEMBER 2014