Reports today that some child care providers are lying to parents in order to hide poor quality ratings are a wakeup call for Malcolm Turnbull.
The child care National Quality Framework was introduced by Labor in 2012 so parents could have the information they need to make the best decision for their families.
“Parents need to be able to trust child care providers, and that starts with centres being up-front and honest about their quality ratings,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, Kate Ellis, said.
“It’s disturbing that centres have been caught trying to hide the truth and there need to be harsh penalties for operators that aren’t open with parents.
“Child care centres caught lying to parents deserve to have their access to public subsidies put on the line.
“The Liberals’ history of calling into question the need for quality standards in child care is a real worry. Malcom Turnbull needs to stop dithering and nip this behaviour in the bud.
“When parents drop their children at child care, they should have absolutely no doubts about quality and safety, it’s that simple.”
Child care services must be approved by the federal government in order to provide Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate subsidised places.