There’s two questions the Government needs to answer today:
Why are they halving access to early education for Australia’s most vulnerable children?
Why have they abandoned the needs-based Gonski reforms, which are targeted to help students catch up?
New data from the latest Australian Early Development Census reveals that 20 per cent of Australian children are vulnerable in at least one part of their development when they reach school – rising to one-in-three children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Significantly, the report found a widening gap in all areas of development between the most disadvantaged and least disadvantaged areas of Australia.
“The Government consistently dodges the fact that their child care package will slash access to early education for Australia’s most vulnerable children,” Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis said today.
“Even under the so-called “safety net”, a disadvantaged child will lose half their access to early education. This is a concerning move which could push vulnerable children even further behind.
“The Liberals have trashed Labor’s needs-based Gonski reforms and are ripping $30 billion out of education over the next decade – meaning the students who need the most help will be hardest hit.
“The Government are cutting early education for disadvantaged children. They are slashing school funding. How on earth do they expect our children to catch up?”