The Federal and State Governments currently jointly fund 600 hours of kindergarten/preschool for all children in the year before school (i.e. 4-5 year olds). Federal Funding – around $1200 per child – runs out at the end of 2018 and is yet to be renewed.
Fighting to secure federal government funding for kindy and preschool isn't a new campaign for parents at The Parenthood. We have campaigned on this successfully in the past.
But now is the time to say enough is enough - parents call on governments - federal and state - to stop paying politics with our kids and finally commit to long-term funding for kindy and preschool so no child misses out on the early learning they deserve.
The Universal Access to Early Childhood Education program was implemented in 2013 to ensure every child has access to quality early childhood education in the year before full-time schooling. But the $660 million in program funding is due to expire at the end of the year with no commitment it will continue into 2016 and beyond.
The early years of our children’s lives are the most formative years for their intellectual, emotional and social development. Taking away preschool funding will cheat our children of the education they need to get them ready to benefit from formal schooling.
Let’s show that parents of Australia demand continued funding for kindy and preschool.