MONDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2014
New figures, released by the federal Education Department, show over 75 per cent of family day care services in South Australia – around 1,000 family day care educators – are set to have their funding cut from next year.
Shadow Minister for Early Childhood, Kate Ellis, today met with Trish Evans, the Adelaide Regional Award Winner in the 2014 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, and fellow educator Ceinen Walton and the children from her service who said South Australian families will face tough decisions next year, when three out of the four current family day care services are expected to have their funding cut.
“We have already seen many family day care services around Australia announcing their imminent closure as a result of the Abbott Government’s Budget cuts,” Kate Ellis said.
“These cuts to family day care are hitting families who are already feeling the impact of the $1 billion in cuts to child care announced by the Abbott Government since the election.”
“This is a huge cut which means families will either have to pay more in fees or see their children out of care when their services close.”
Federal Budget changes saw $157.1 million cut from family day care.
South Australian families rely on family day care to provide flexible early education and care to suit their varying work hours.
This cut comes at the same time Prime Minister Tony Abbott is throwing out thought bubbles about achieving more flexible care.
“If this Government truly believed in flexible care which allowed children to be looked after while parents went back to work, they wouldn’t have delivered this massive cut to family day care.”
“With growing waiting lists, increasing unemployment and job uncertainty, the last thing South Australian families need is to see these services close.”
If services choose to stay open Family Day Care Australia estimates that fees will rise by around $35 a week as a result of this funding cut.
“This Government likes to talk about affordable, accessible child care but any time they actually act, all they do is cut funding, hike up fees and increase waiting lists.”