ANOTHER WARNING ON CHILD CARE CUTS

The early education sector has today re-iterated their serious concerns about Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to cut child care access for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

In their current form the Government’s proposed changes would reduce access for many lower income families from 24 hours a week to 12. From two days a week, to one.

“Childcare providers say the level of subsidy means 12 hours is only enough to provide one day of childcare”
[The Australian, 16 February 2017]

“The government needs to stop pretending their proposed changes won’t leave vulnerable and disadvantaged children whose off,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development Kate Ellis said.

“Labor, experts and the early education sector have been calling on the government to fix this problem for years.

“It beggars belief that the government is intent on spending $1.6 billion to cut access to early education for those children with the most to gain.

“Labor would pass the child care changes tomorrow if the Government fixed the flaws in their package, and dropped the cuts to families, pensioners and the 70,000 new mothers who would be worse off.”